At SVWC we are proud to call the Sun Valley area home. We work closely with other members of the community, collaborating with the area’s schools, libraries, and bookstores. For more than 20 years, we have invited local students, teachers, and librarians to attend Pavilion talks for free. Please read more about our community initiatives and outreach efforts below.

Student Programs

Last spring, we donated 60 copies of Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD, to three area high schools to include in the Language Arts curriculum–Wood River High School, The Sage School, and Community School. The students were also invited to attend Whitehead’s Pavilion talk, breakout session, and a private luncheon with the author. We will be continuing this program in 2018 with Karan Mahajan and his book, THE ASSOCIATION OF SMALL BOMBS.

The Peregrine Fund

In 2017, we worked with The Peregrine Fund and Boise’s World Center for Birds of Prey to bring two special guests to SVWC during Helen Macdonald’s presentation about her acclaimed memoir, H IS FOR HAWK.

Eye on the Future Project

Our new “Eye on the Future” schools outreach program awards an annual scholarship to a local high school student who demonstrates academic excellence and a true love of learning, along with a desire to share his or her knowledge with others, giving us all hope for a better future. The recipient is also chosen based on the belief that hearing Conference talks by important literary thinkers will help develop and shape the student as he or she embarks on a future path and evolves into an important voice for humanity.


In our second year of partnering with The Community Library in Ketchum to offer a free talk by an SVWC presenter, Imbolo Mbue spoke to a full house about her debut novel, BEHOLD THE DREAMERS, in 2017. The 2018 Library Talk will be held on Thursday, July 19 at 5:00pm, with Stanford Creative Writing Professor, Adam Johnson, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, THE ORPHAN MASTER’S SON.


Our second year of free evening talks on the Pavilion lawn in 2017 featured Jeffrey Toobin, Ayad Akhtar, and David Brooks. We will be offering four Lawn Talks in 2018–Jeanne Gang/Shaun Donovan and Simon Winchester on Sunday, July 22 and The Improvised Shakespeare Company and Fareed Zakaria on Monday, July 23.

Iconoclast Books is Back!

We’re thrilled that Sarah Hedrick re-opened Iconoclast Books & Gifts at its new Hailey location. The store is brimming with books and gifts and good cheer. It’s also perfectly situated near a wine bar, a Mexican restaurant, a coffee shop, and a bank … what more could a book lover need? Sarah can order and ship your books. 111 N. First Ave. in Hailey. PH: 208-726-1564