"Eat Pray Love" author among headliners at inaugural Malibu speaker series

Several renowned authors are set to appear in Malibu’s first ever speaker series, including Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of the bestselling book “Eat Pray Love.” 

The 2013 Malibu Speaker Series, which begins next month, is co-sponsored by the City of Malibu and Los Angeles County, according to a city release. 

To start off the series, Garth Stein, author of “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” will read excerpts from the novel at Malibu High’s auditorium on Sunday, March 18. The book tells the story of a dog named Enzo who has tremendous insight into everyday human life. 

Next up is “Chasing Justice” author Kerry Max Cook on Wed., April 17 at the Malibu Civic Theatre. Cook spent 22 years on death row for a crime he didn’t commit and was freed in 1999 after DNA evidence proved his innocence. “Chasing Justice” recounts his arduous tale.

Cook is followed by Anne Lamott, who penned “Help Thanks Wow: The Three Essential Prayers,” based on what she believes to be three prayers that can get anyone through the day.

The series culminates Sunday, June 23, when Gilbert makes her appearance at Malibu Civic Theatre to discuss her bestselling book that inspired the successful “Eat Pray Love” film starring Julia Roberts. Gilbert’s tale of self-discovery after a difficult marriage and divorce spent more than 3 years on the New York Times Best Seller list. 

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The series is free for the public. For more information and to reserve seating, call Malibu Public Library at (310) 456-6438.

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