Malibu Library Speaker Series

"Fire & Skivvies" featuring clare frank

  • Wednesday, February 21, 7:00 PM at the Malibu Library
  • RSVP Required

Clare Frank Head Shot

After thirty years on the fire line, Clare will share tales of firehouse life as the lone female on the crew, and of wildfire in the west as it morphs into a force we have not seen in modern times.

Clare Frank served as the State of California’s first and only female Chief of Fire Protection, and author of Burnt: A Memoir of Fighting Fire . She began firefighting at age 17 and worked her way through the ranks, handling fire and rescue emergencies and major disasters in both urban and rural settings. Along the way, she earned a spot on an elite state command team, a bachelor’s in fire administration, a law degree, a master’s in creative writing, and several leadership awards. Now, she brings humor and candor to her stories about first responders, lawyers, and life. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, New York Post, San Francisco Chronicle, CNN Opinion, Shondaland, FireRescue1, and others. 

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about the Series

Since 2013, the Malibu Library Speaker Series, a program of the Malibu Library, part of LA County Library, and the City of Malibu, has featured experts, authors, and other notable figures discussing a wide range of subjects, including the entertainment industry, literature, science, motivation, the arts, education, sports, travel, food, and the environment.

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Past Notable Speakers

  • Bestselling author David Grann
  • Bestselling author Susan Orlean
  • Bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates
  • Bestselling author Eric Schlosser
  • Civil rights lawyer Gloria Allred
  • Best-selling author Susan Casey
  • Former Dodger General Manager Ned Colletti
  • Abduction survivor and author Elizabeth Smart
  • Award-winning documentary filmmakers Rory Kennedy and Mark Bailey
  • Medical cannabis expert and author Michael Backes
  • David Garibaldi, radical performance painter
  • Tom Shadyac, prolific comedy writer and director
  • Elizabeth Gilbert, author of best-selling novel, "Eat, Pray, Love"
  • Kevin Johnson, Mayor of Sacramento and former NBA star
  • Jeff Henderson, award-winning chef and best-selling author
  • Jeannette Walls, best-selling author of "The Glass Castle"
  • Climate change champion and author Bill McKibben
  • Astrophysicist Jessie Christiansen
  • Rocket Scientist Dr. Aprille Joy Ericsson