Writers & Presenters

A selection of SVWC presenters from years past appears below.

Please stay tuned to the website for updates about our presenters for 2021.

SVWC Past Presenters

Be Inspired.

Liaquat Ahamed
Ayad Akhtar
Mitch Albom
Rick Atkinson
Dave Barry
A. Scott Berg
Justice Stephen Breyer
Tom Brokaw
David Brooks
Jeffrey Brown
John Burnham Schwartz, Literary Director
John Burnham Schwartz
Thomas Cahill
Ethan Canin
Robert Caro
Robert Caro
Billy Collins
Edwidge Danticat
Anthony Doerr
Firoozeh Dumas
Dave Eggers
Anne Enright
Anne Taylor Fleming
Karl Fleming
Richard Ford
Judith Freeman
Thomas Friedman
Alexandra Fuller
Robert Gates
Doris Kearns Goodwin
Annette Gordon-Reed
David Halberstam
Walter Isaacson
Craig Johnson
Maira Kalman
Mary Karr
Juliette Kayyem
Anne Lamott
John Lewis
John Lithgow
Peter Matthiessen
Alexander McCall Smith
Frank McCourt
David McCullough
Ian McEwan
Thomas McGuane
W. S. Merwin
Naomi Shihab Nye
Sandra Day O’Connor
2003: Sharon Olds
Sharon Olds
Michael Ondaatje
Ridley Pearson
Anna Quindlen
Salman Rushdie
Mark Salzman
Van Gordon Sauter
Sally Bedell Smith
Bryan Stevenson
William Styron
Strobe Talbott
Jeffrey Toobin
Calvin Trillin
Abraham Verghese
Colson Whitehead
Isabel Wilkerson
E. O. Wilson
Simon Winchester
Jessica Yu