Jun 1 – Sep 6 all-day Hailey Public Library, The Community Library and Bellevue Public Library
The Hailey Public Library, The Community Library and Bellevue Public Library are co-hosting this year’s valley-wide adult Summer Reading under the theme, The Place We Live: Reading and Knowing Home. The program encourages newcomers and longtime residents alike to explore our valley’s fascinating literary, cultural and natural history and runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Contact your local library for details.
Jun 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm The Community Library
Join local guidebook author, Scott Marchant, for a presentation and slideshow highlighting his newest release. Discover the spectacular wildflower blooms in the Smoky Mountains, the majestic peaks and canyons in the Boulder Mountains, or the old-growth forests and alpine lakes of the Pioneer Mountains. Scott will discuss day hikes and backpacks including best hikes for wildflower blooms, solitude, views, and hikes to experience with the family. Books will be available for sale. Register online to save your seat or watch on the Library’s Vimeo.
Jun 30 @ 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm RSVP to [email protected] for details.
The Hailey Public Library will host a special, off-site dark sky observing night with Catherine Slaughter, an astronomer working this summer (in conjunction with Boise State University) as the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve’s inaugural Astronomer in Residence, starting at 9:30 PM on Thursday, June 30. Telescopes will be available. RSVP to [email protected] for location and other details.
Jul 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm The Community Library
2022 Hemingway Distinguished Lecture: ROXANE GAY For its 2022 Hemingway Distinguished Lecture, The Community Library welcomes author and cultural critic, Roxane Gay. Roxane’s writing is unmatched and widely revered. Her work garners international acclaim for its reflective, no-holds-barred exploration of feminism and social criticism. With a deft eye on modern culture, she brilliantly critiques its ebb and flow with both wit and ferocity. Her collection of essays, Bad Feminist, is universally considered the quintessential exploration of modern feminism. NPR named it one of the best books of the year and Salon declared the book “trailblazing.” Her powerful debut novel, An Untamed State, was long listed for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. In 2017, Roxane released her bestselling memoir, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, which was called “Luminous…intellectually rigorous and deeply moving” by the New York Times. She also released her collection of short stories, Difficult Women, of which the Los Angeles Times says, “There’s a distinct echo of Angela Carter or Helen Oyeyemi at play; dark fables and twisted morality tales sit alongside the contemporary and the realistic…” In 2018, Gay released Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture, a valuable and searing anthology; it has been described as “essential reading” and a “call ...
Jul 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Forest Service Park
The 2022 Community Speaker Series presented by the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference and The Community Library welcomes award-winning author Imbolo Mbue for its first of three free lecture in Ketchum’s Forest Service Park. Imbolo Mbue is the author of How Beautiful We Were and the bestselling Behold the Dreamers, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the Blue Metropolis Words to Change Prize and was an Oprah’s Book Club selection. Mbue is a native of Limbe, Cameroon, and a graduate of Rutgers and Columbia Universities, and lives in New York City. Bring your camp chairs, blankets, picnics, and join us! Book signing to follow.
Jul 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Forest Service Park
The 2022 Community Speaker Series presented by the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference and The Community Library welcomes journalist Erich Schwartzel, author of Red Carpet: Hollywood, China, and the Global Battle for Cultural Supremacy, which details China’s growing influence over the American film industry and the country’s efforts to mount its own soft-power campaign around the globe. Schwartzel is a reporter at The Wall Street Journal, where he has covered Hollywood since 2013. Bring your camp chairs, blankets, picnics and join in! Book signing to follow. Free.
Jul 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm The Community Library
Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s “Woman of Light” is a captivating story of survival, love, and fate that spans five generation of an Indigenous Chicano family in the American West. The novel tells the story of Luz “Little Light” Lopez, a tea leaf reader and laundress, and how she is left to fend for herself after her older brother, Diego, a snake charmer, and factory worker, is run out of town by a violent white mob. As Luz navigates 1930s Denver, she begins to have visions that transport her to her Indigenous homeland in the nearby Lost Territory. Luz recollects her ancestors’ origins, how her family flourished, and how they were threatened. She bears witness to the sinister forces that have devastated her people and their homelands for generations. In the end, it is up to Luz to save her family stories from disappearing into oblivion. Fajardo-Anstine wrote “Woman of Light” as a way to tell the story of her ancestors and for them to be seen. Although the physical evidence of her ancestors’ homes are gone, she wants it to be known that their stories are vividly alive in Woman of Light. She wants other Chicanos, Latinos, Indigenous people, and people coming ...
Jul 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Forest Service Park
The 2022 Community Speaker Series presented by the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference and The Community Library welcomes award-winning writer and playwright, Ayad Akhtar. Akhtar is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is the author of “Homeland Elegies,” which The New York Times selected as a Top 10 Book of 2020. His plays have also been awarded the Kennedy Prize for American Drama and an Obie Award, as well as Tony and Olivier nominations. He is the current President of PEN America, and was named New York State Author in 2021. Bring your camp chairs, blankets, picnics, and join us! Book signing to follow.
Jul 22 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm The Community Library
Alexander Maksik joins us to discuss his new novel, “The Long Corner,” a bold novel about ambition, grief, creativity, beauty, and existential emptiness that retraces the arc of American life and culture in the first decades of the 21st century. Maksik is the author of three previous novels and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, and the Andrew Lytle Prize, and he is a graduate of the Sun Valley Community School. His talk will be followed by a book signing. Register to save your seat, or join us on Vimeo.
Jul 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm The Community Library
Join The Community Library for a panel conversation on the history and future of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area (SNRA), 756,000 acres of central Idaho that includes the Sawtooth Wilderness, Cecil D. Andrus-White Clouds Wilderness, and the Hemingway-Boulders Wilderness areas. The SNRA was established on August 22, 1972, and we are taking this moment to recognize its impact on our community as we step into the next 50 years. Panelists will include Kathryn Grohusky, Executive Director of the Sawtooth Society; Lin Gray, Executive Director of the Sawtooth Interpretive & Historical Association; Kirk Flannigan, Area Ranger at the SNRA Headquarters north of Ketchum; and Paul Ries, former SNRA Area Ranger. This program will be outdoors at the Library. Bring a camp chair or blanket and join us!
Aug 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm The Community Library
Jews have lived and worked in the Wood River Valley since at least 1881. In the valley’s earliest days, they served as miners, merchants, and elected officials, contributing proudly to the growing region at the same time as they experienced the unique challenges that accompanied being Jewish on the American frontier. Join The Community Library and the Wood River Jewish Community for an evening exploring the Jewish history of the Wood River Valley with Ari Goldstein, who has worked for New York’s Museum of Jewish Heritage and served as a Glass Leadership Fellow at the Anti-Defamation League and a Conference Committee Member for the Council of American Jewish Museums. Register online to save your seat. This program will also be live streamed and available to watch later on the Library’s Vimeo.
Sep 8 – Sep 10 all-day The Community Library
The 14th Annual Ernest Hemingway Seminar focuses on Hemingway’s posthumously-published novel, “Islands in the Stream,” and on Hemingway’s time in and connection with the Gulf Stream. Speakers include Mark P. Ott, author of A Sea of Change: Ernest Hemingway and the Gulf Stream, Karen Osborn, Research Zoologist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, Paul Hendrickson, author of Hemingway’s Boat, and scholars from Boise State University. Space is limited for in-person attendance, and virtual attendees can register at a reduced rate.
Sep 15 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm The Community Library
In partnership with Men’s Second Chance Living, The Community Library welcomes Erica Spiegelman, author and addiction and wellness specialist. Spiegelman will provide an overview of the four cornerstones of self care: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual, and will explore how they are intricately connected to recovery from addiction. This event provides attendees with a rich opportunity to connect with Erica, learn adaptive coping habits, identify triggers and challenges, and discover new pathways for personal growth. Registration is recommended to save a seat, and the program will be followed by an outdoor reception. The presentation will be livestreamed on the Library’s Vimeo, and a recording will be available for 24 hours after the event ends.