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 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 with a 2018 author.

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

Our “Eye on the Future” scholarship is awarded annually 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 2017 recipient was Wood River High School senior and valedictorian Jesse Cole. The 2018 scholarship will be announced in the spring. Read more…


In our second year of partnering with The Community Library in Ketchum to offer a free talk by an SVWC presenters, Imbolo Mbue spoke to a full house about her debut novel, BEHOLD THE DREAMERS.


In 2017, we opened up the Pavilion lawn to the public for three free Lawn Talks — Jeffrey Toobin, Ayad Akhtar, and David Brooks. We will be offering four Lawn Talks in 2018.

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