Reading List

Below you will find the SVWC Reading List for 2017 with suggestions of books written by each presenter. Please scroll ALL the way down within this window to view the entire selection as well as bookstore information. Or, you may download a printable PDF of the list.

We have also put together a full list of all books by each of the 2017 presenters.


Ayad Akhtar
Disgraced: A Play

Lauren Groff
Fates and Furies

Craig Johnson
An Obvious Fact

Phil Klay

Imbolo Mbue
Behold the Dreamers

Maria Semple
Today Will be Different

Abraham Verghese
Cutting for Stone

Colson Whitehead
The Underground Railroad

Callan Wink
Dog Run Moon: Stories



Lynsey Addario
It’s What I Do


Helen Macdonald
H Is for Hawk

Mark Salzman
The Man in the Empty Boat


Dave Barry
Best. State. Ever.



A. Scott Berg
World War I and America

David Brooks
The Road to Character

Aleksandra Crapanzano
The London Cookbook

Laura K. Donohue
The Future of Foreign Intelligence

Adam Hochschild
Spain in Our Hearts

Arlie Russell Hochschild
Strangers in Their Own Land

Kati Marton
True Believer

Jane Mayer
Dark Money

Sally Bedell Smith
Prince Charles

Andrew Solomon
Far & Away

Brad Stone
The Upstarts

Strobe Talbott
Fast Forward

Evan Thomas
Being Nixon

Louisa Thomas

Jeffrey Toobin
American Heiress



Jessica Yu featuring Jay Famiglietti
Last Call at the Oasis



Jeffrey Brown
The News: Poems

Billy Collins
The Rain in Portugal


You can order the books of our guest writers through the wonderful independent bookstores in Ketchum. They can also ship books for you:

Chapter One Bookstore

340 Second Street
Ketchum, ID 83340

Iconoclast Books & Gifts

111 North First Avenue, Unit G
Hailey, ID 83333

as well as from:

Boise State University

1700 University Drive
Boise Idaho 83725