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The City of Malibu is partnering with the Malibu Library to offer a speaker series in Malibu. The series, which is free and open to the public, features an array of renowned authors and public speakers who will expose their audiences to some of the greatest thoughts, insights and influential minds of our time.

Upcoming Speakers

Wed, Jun 17, 7:00 PM
Malibu Library Speaker Series features Johnny Strange


Johnny Strange is a Malibu native and an adventurer who was once the youngest person to climb the Seven Summits at the age of 17. His father and mother are both adventurers who have climbed Mt. Everest. Strange's first climb at age 12 was Vinson Massif in Antarctica. Since then, he has climbed Mt. Everest, Mt. Kosciusko, Mt. Elbrus, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. McKinley, Mt. Aconcagua, and has also reached the South Pole and skydived into the North Pole.

In September 2010, Strange was with a team of three others who base-jumped into the Grand Canyon and stranded themselves without food or water, their planned exit path blocked. They survived two days in the canyon in high temperatures before free climbing out.

Johnny is an avid Wingsuit BASE jumper and competes in races in Europe. He uses action sports to raise awareness for charities and causes that don't receive adequate attention.

Reservations are required. Please call (310) 456-6438.

Wed, Jul 15, 7:00 PM
Malibu Library Speaker Series features Michael Backes

michael backes

Michael Backes is the head of research and development for a Southern California-based consultancy that specializes in cannabis science and policy issues. He provides guidance based on the latest research to medical cannabis patients, researchers and healthcare practitioners.

Previously, Backes founded Cornerstone Research Collective, the first science-based medical cannabis collective in California. He is also active with Project CBD, a non-profit educational service dedicated to promoting research into the medical utility of cannabidiol (a non-psychoactive cannabis molecule), and the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines.

Backes is the author of Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana, which was released in September 2014.


Wed, Nov 4, 7:00 PM
Malibu Library Speaker Series features Norman Ollestad


Norman Ollestad's Crazy for the Storm, a powerful memoir of survival, was called "breathtaking," "riveting," and one of the best books of 2009. It tells the story of Ollestad's childhood with a larger-than-life father who taught him the essence of survival.

Growing up surfing huge waves and skiing down steep slopes over and over again, Ollestad was pushed to the brink and encouraged to be the best he could be, conditioned at an early age for extreme circumstances. Little did he know that the lessons he absorbed from his adventures with his father would one day save his life.

In February 1979, an 11-year-old Ollestad was flying in a chartered Cessna with his father and his father's girlfriend when the plane crashed into the San Gabriel Mountains of Southern California. By the end of his nine-hour ordeal, Norman was the only survivor. At 8,200 feet, he descended the icy mountain engulfed in a violent blizzard.

Crazy for the Storm reveals that inner strength can make all the difference in a life. A film adaptation is currently in development with Warner Bros.

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