The Sun Valley Writers’ Conference is returning to the resort for the 25th year. Twenty-seven award-winning and acclaimed authors will congregate in Sun Valley this weekend, from Saturday, July 20, to Tuesday, July 23.

Participating literary luminaries will convene to discuss their work, the state of contemporary literature and literacy and what the future may hold for the written media.

During the four-day proceedings, the conference presents a number of opportunities for local residents and vacationers to engage with the writers.

The Sun Valley Writers’ Conference has partnered with The Community Library in Ketchum for the first of those events, a free lecture by National Book Award winner Barry Lopez.

Lopez—author of “Arctic Dreams,” “Of Wolves and Men,” “About This Life” and, most recently, “Horizon”—will speak on his various experiences travelling the world and chronicling his encounters and impressions. A book signing will follow.

This event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 18, before the official commencement of the conference.

On Sunday, July 21, from 4-5 p.m., the first annual Frank McCourt Memorial Lecture will debut on the lawn of the Sun Valley Pavilion.

This lecture marks the first of four free “lawn talks” slated for Sunday and Monday. Alice McDermott—another National Book Award winner and author of “The Ninth Hour”—will give a talk titled “Remembrance of Things That Never Happened.”

Shortly following McDermott’s lecture, Andrew Roberts will take to the stage for his talk, “Churchill: Walking With Destiny.” A popular biographer, historian and journalist, Roberts received widespread acclaim for his recent Churchill biography of the same name. A reviewer for the Sunday Times praised it as “undoubtedly the best single-volume life of Churchill ever written.”

On Monday, July 22, from 4-5 p.m., the program will divert slightly from novelists and poets for a musical performance by the Chamber Singers of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, who will sing from their popular “I Raise My Voice” program, which they recently performed at the Kennedy Center.

Following the musical interlude, author and former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu will conclude the pavilion series with a talk titled “E Pluribus Unum: How a Divided America Can Win the Future by Finding Common Ground,” in which he will try to shed light on how to cross political and social boundaries for the greater good.

Each of those events is presented to the public free of charge and without reservations or tickets. For more information on these lectures or on the conference and its attending authors, visit

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