2018 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 Saturday, July 21, 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 24.

*PLEASE NOTE: To purchase Single Event Tickets, you will need a current web browser that can run JavaScript, with cookies turned on and pop-up windows enabled.

Saturday, July 21

Thomas L. Friedman

“Living (and Thriving) in The Age of Accelerations”
Saturday, July 21 • 5:00-6:00 PM, Sun Valley Pavilion

As he did in his most recent book, THANK YOU FOR BEING LATE, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN will identify and discuss the tectonic movements that he believes are reshaping the world today, and how we as a society might get the most out of them and cushion their worst impacts. His thesis: to understand the 21st century, we must understand that the planet’s three largest forces―Moore’s law (technology), the Market (globalization), and Mother Nature (climate change and biodiversity loss)―are accelerating all at once, radically transforming the workplace, politics, international relations, ethics, and community.


Sunday, July 22

Two-Talk Package


“Creating Beauty, Revitalizing  Cities”
Sunday, July 22 • 4:00 – 5:00 PM 
Sun Valley Pavilion

In the philosophy of award-winning architect JEANNE GANG, creating beauty and creating community are twin goals. Take a look at one of her signature buildings: the Aqua Tower in Chicago, its wavy white facade studded with terraces and atop the building the largest green roof in the city. Call it the ultimate humane skyscraper, a place where people come together with each other and with nature. Gang is also passionate about revitalizing cities and helping islands in the Caribbean rebuild in the face of devastating storms and climate change―goals shared by her friend SHAUN DONOVAN, who was Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from 2009-2014 and Chair of President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force. After Gang shares her work with us, Donovan will join her for a hopeful and pragmatic conversation about making cities livable and inspiring for all.


“The Curious Travails of the Writing Life”
Sunday, July 22 • 5:30 – 6:30 PM 
Sun Valley Pavilion

Over the last half-century, celebrated British-American journalist and author SIMON WINCHESTER has roamed the globe. From Northern Ireland to Southeast Asia, from the Arctic to the Tropics, he has gathered material for his books on everything from Krakatoa to the Oxford English Dictionary. But along the way, he has had various scrapes and perilous encounters. With the sharp-eyed wit and charm of a born raconteur, Winchester will share tales of his travails from his imprisonment on Tierra del Fuego in 1984 to the saga of the King of Tonga’s shoes―and more.


Monday, July 23

Two-Talk Package

The Improvised Shakespeare Company

“Shakespeare As You’ve Never Seen Him”
Monday, July 23 • 4:00 – 5:00 PM 
Sun Valley Pavilion

Get ready for literary mayhem and joy as the IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY (ISC) puts on a never-been-seen-before and never-to-be-seen-again, fully improvised Shakespearean masterpiece. Based on an audience suggestion for a title of a show that has never been written, founder BLAINE SWEN and his three colleagues ROSS BRYANT, BRENDAN DOWLING, and GREG HESS will take off, creating a full play from thin air right before your very eyes. Nothing has been planned, rehearsed or written down. This is improvisational theater at its most daring. The ISC, which has been performing its critically acclaimed show around the country since 2005, now takes the Pavilion stage!

Fareed Zakaria

“How Did This Happen? The Roots of the Populist Rebellion”
Monday, July 23 • 5:30 – 6:30 PM 
Sun Valley Pavilion

Join us for a talk by FAREED ZAKARIA, host of CNN’s flagship international affairs program Fareed Zakaria GPS, a Washington Post columnist, a contributing editor at The Atlantic, and the author of several books, including THE POST-AMERICAN WORLD.


Tuesday, July 24

Two-Talk Package

Adam Johnson

“Portraying North Korea”
Tuesday, July 24 • 10:30 – 11:30 AM 
Sun Valley Pavilion

“In North Korea,” novelist ADAM JOHNSON has said, “I think the people know everything they are being told is a lie, but they have no idea what the truth may be.” This would not be the case if they had read Johnson’s remarkable novel, THE ORPHAN MASTER’S SON, which won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Johnson spent seven years researching and writing the novel and journeyed to North Korea to see the country with his own eyes. Using his fierce imagination, he did what only great fiction writers can do―brought to light fundamental truths of North Korean society that go far beyond any literal accumulation of facts, and indelibly humanized the people he wrote about. Join him for a talk about how he did it and what the experience was like.

Terrance Hayes

“A Poetry Reading”
Tuesday, July 24 • 12:00 – 1:00 PM 
Sun Valley Pavilion

Join National Book Award-winner TERRANCE HAYES, author of the collections HOW TO BE DRAWN and LIGHTHEAD, among others, for a reading of his beautiful, compelling, electric poetry. As fellow poet Cornelius Eady has said of Hayes, “First you’ll marvel at his skill, his near-perfect pitch, his disarming humor, his brilliant turns of phrase. Then you’ll notice the grace, the tenderness, the unblinking truth-telling just beneath his lines, the open and generous way he takes in our world.”