Join Us on the Lawn for 15 Talks This July

Join Us on the Lawn for 15 Talks This July


Fifteen talks will be free and open to the public this July 17-20 for the 2021 Sun Valley Writers’ Conference. Join us on the lawn, where live Pavilion talks will be streamed to the big screen for 3-4 talks per day. Seating will consist of pods of 2, 4, 6, or 8 people and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning each morning at 9:00 AM. The preliminary lawn talk schedule is listed below – please see our Lawn Talks page for more information including talk descriptions.

We ask that you be courteous to those around you by bringing low-backed chairs and limiting speaking during the presentations. Feel free to bring picnic items but please leave your pets at home. It will likely be HOT in the afternoons – please plan accordingly and bring water, hats, etc. to stay comfortable during the talks. We look forward to seeing you!

Saturday, July 17

9:30 AM – George Packer “Last Best Hope: America in Crisis and Renewal”

3:00 PM – Isabel Allende “The Soul of a Woman”

4:30 PM – Daniel James Brown & Tom Ikeda “Facing the Mountain: Japanese American Heroes of World War II”

5:45 PM – Horizon: A Tribute to Barry Lopez


Sunday, July 18

9:30 AM – Sheri Fink “What I Saw: Stories From Inside the Pandemic”

3:00 PM – Delia Owens “Where the Crawdads Sing”

4:30 PM – Larry Diamond & Noah Feldman “How to Repair Our Democracy: A Conversation Between Larry Diamond & Noah Feldman”

5:45 PM – Ayad Akhtar “Homeland Elegies”


Monday, July 19

9:30 AM – Lawrence Wright “The Plague Year: America in the Time of Covid”

3:00 PM – Tayari Jones “An American Marriage: A Story of Love and Injustice”

4:30 PM – Noah Feldman “Lincoln and the Broken Constitution”

5:45 PM – Horizon: A Tribute to Barry Lopez


Tuesday, July 20

9:30 AM – David Wallace-Wells “The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming”

4:00 PM – Elliot Ackerman & Admiral James Stavridis “The Next World War and America’s Geopolitical Future: Fact and Fiction”

5:30 PM – John Lithgow “Master Class with John Lithgow”

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