2017 Single Event Tickets


A limited number of Single Event Tickets are available to the SVWC Pavilion talks listed below. A Single Event Ticket admits one person to the stated presentation and the book signing following that talk. Seating is general admission in the Upper Tier and doors open 30 minutes prior to each talk.

Beginning on Friday, June 30, any remaining tickets will be sold (cash or credit card only) on site at the Info Desk located in the SVWC tent on the Sun Valley Pavilion lawn between 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM. If you have any questions or problems with your purchase, please email tickets@svwc.com or call 208-726-5454.


  • Limit of 4 tickets per person per talk.
  • We are unable to refund or exchange Single Event Ticket purchases.
  • SVWC is not responsible for lost or stolen tickets.
  • **WEATHER POLICY: In the unlikely event that extreme weather necessitates a change in location from the Pavilion, we apologize in advance but we will be unable to accommodate Single Event Ticket holders. Should this situation arise, you may choose to have the value of your ticket benefit SVWC’s future programming/community outreach efforts or receive a refund by emailing tickets@svwc.com AFTER July 5.

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Friday, June 30

A. Scott Berg

World War I and America:
Told By the Americans Who Lived It

Friday, June 30 • 5:15-6:30 PM, Pavilion

To open the 2017 Sun Valley Writers’ Conference, we turn to Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer A. SCOTT BERG, the editor of a new Library of America anthology of writings by American observers and participants in World War I. Timed to coincide with the centenary of America’s entry into that war, the collection features the work and voices of 88 men and women, from nurses and soldiers to such well-known authors as Edith Wharton, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, and W.E.B. Du Bois. Searing, poignant, and evocative, the pieces taken together highlight many of the issues we are wrestling with today. When should America intervene in conflicts around the world? How does racial injustice here in the U.S. compromise our moral leadership? With music and readings from the anthology, Berg will bring that pivotal time—and those themes—to vivid life.


Saturday, July 1


It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War
Saturday, July 1 • 4:00 – 5:00 PM, Pavilion

Looking at the piercing images captured by renowned photojournalist LYNSEY ADDARIO, so many shot in the world’s war zones, is to think of the famous line from Yeats: “A terrible beauty is born.” Photographing for the past 20 years for The New York Times, National Geographic and TIME magazine, she has given us indelible images of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; the genocide in Darfur; the refugee crisis; and the civil war in Libya where she was kidnapped by pro-Gaddafi forces in 2011. She will talk about her remarkable life, recounted in her recent memoir, IT’S WHAT I DO: A PHOTOGRAPHER’S LIFE OF LOVE AND WAR and tell us about the exhilaration and fear of working in dangerous places and about how she balances the call of her profession with a personal life that includes a husband and a young son in London. Above all, front and center on our big screen, will be her striking pictures.


Saturday, July 1


The Supreme Court in the Age of Trump
Saturday, July 1 • 5:30 – 6:30 PM, Pavilion                              


What will the Supreme Court―and its crucial decisions―look like in the years ahead? There is no better guide to this question than JEFFREY TOOBIN, longtime staff writer for The New Yorker and CNN senior legal analyst, and author of seven books, including THE NINE, his captivating examination of the people who decide the law of the land. The Court, he says, has always been a deeply political body; the justices will inevitably bring their own judicial tilt to the table. But the potential effects of today’s hyper-partisan climate concern him. What can we expect during the tenure of Trump? And ultimately, just how central is this one relatively small institution to the direction of our democracy?

Sunday, July 2

AYAD akhtar

Muslims in America: A Compendium of Characters
Sunday, July 2 • 4:00 – 5:00 PM, Pavilion              


No playwright has challenged our perceptions of Muslims in America as boldly, and with such dramatic vigor, as has AYAD AKHTAR, who won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for DISGRACED, the most produced play of the 2015-2016 season. Join Akhtar for an exciting evening of theater as characters from three of his recent plays grapple with themselves and with each other, and with the very idea of character. In this hour, Akhtar will stage monologues from his plays DISGRACED and THE INVISIBLE HAND, followed by a scene from THE WHO & THE WHAT, all framed by the playwright’s narration and reflection on his craft and themes. He will be joined on stage by two actors steeped in his work, RAJESH BOSE and NADINE MALOUF.


Sunday, July 2


The Soul of America 
Sunday, July 2 • 5:30 – 6:30 PM, Pavilion                            


Over the past few years, as partisan, political wars have been raging, New York Times columnist DAVID BROOKS has been mining a different vein. He has been traveling around the country, talking to Americans about something beyond and deeper than politics, trying to find out what matters to them and taking the measure of their longings and loyalties and loneliness. He says people are looking for connections with each other, with their families and their communities, and trying to figure out how to live fulfilled and meaningful lives of moral worth. These are the themes he explored in his two most recent books, THE ROAD TO CHARACTER and THE SOCIAL ANIMAL, and that he will explore with us tonight.


Monday, July 3

Two-Talk Package


The Rain in Portugal: Poems
Monday, July 3 • 10:30 – 11:30 AM, Pavilion

Lauded by The Wall Street Journal as “America’s favorite poet,” BILLY COLLINS is the first poet since Robert Frost who has managed to combine high critical acclaim with broad popular appeal. As you will discover in this reading of work from his latest book, THE RAIN IN PORTUGAL, he writes conversational, witty poems that welcome readers with humor but often slip into quirky or tender observations on the everyday, on reading and writing, and on poetry itself. Collins sees his poetry as “a form of travel writing” and considers humor “a door into the serious.” Join him as he steps through that magic door, and back again, in an hour-long poetic journey that promises to be as humorous as it is profound.


What Really Matters at the End of Life
Monday, July 3 • 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Pavilion

The 2017 Sun Valley Writers’ Conference concludes with a discussion between two of America’s most empathic physicians, both of whom are ardently engaged with questions about the relationship between how we live and how we die. What is a good death? How do we judge? At the end of our lives, what do we most wish for? What truly matters? BJ MILLER is a renowned hospice and palliative medicine physician whose own near-death experience and personal journey has deeply informed his thinking about how to create a dignified, graceful end of life for his patients. Miller will be in conversation with ABRAHAM VERGHESE, distinguished writer and professor in the Department of Medicine, Stanford University.