Some of the Festival’s most distinguished guests reveal personal tips for these anxiety-inducing times – from chicken soup to Valium. How do we keep sane in a time of Brexit and Trump, human rights abuses and climate change? Binge on Netflix? Mainline pinot gris? Move to Canada? Sofija Stefanovic talks to Bill Hayes Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me, Ivan Coyote, Jamie Morton,New York Times Book Review editor Pamela Paul, and sociologist Ruth Quibell about remedies for chaos.

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Ruth Quibell (Australian)

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Ruth Quibell is a sociologist and writer. Her first book, The Promise of Things was published in 2016. She was described as the 'best new talent' in The Saturday Paper's Books of 2016. She has also written for Island, Womankind, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, and the ABC.

Bill Hayes (International)

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Bill Hayes is a writer, photographer and contributor to the New York Times. He is the author of Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me, an intimate glimpse into his relationship with the late Oliver Sacks. He is currently at work on a new book, Sweat: A History of Exercise, as well as a collection of his New York street photography. His other books include Sleep Demons; Five Quarts; and The Anatomist. Hayes is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in nonfiction, and has been a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome. According to the New York Times, Hayes ‘has an unusual set of skills ... He is part science writer, part memoirist, part culture explainer.’

Pamela Paul (International)

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Pamela Paul is the editor of the New York Times Book Review and oversees all books coverage at The New York Times. She is the author of four books, Parenting, Inc., Pornified, The Starter Marriage and the Future of Matrimony and My Life with Bob. Before joining The New York Times, she was a contributor to Time magazine and The Economist, and her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Slate and Vogue. She is also the editor of the anthology, By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life.

Jamie Morton (International)

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Jamie Morton is a digital director, editor and writer based in London. When his father self-published a terrible erotic novel, Jamie took to reading it chapter by chapter in a comedy podcast entitled My Dad Wrote A Porno. The show immediately stormed to the top of the iTunes chart both in the UK and around the globe and has been downloaded over 50 million times with celebrity super-fans like Elijah Wood, Daisy Ridley and Michael Sheen joining in the smut. In October 2016 Jamie, along with his co-hosts, wrote a best-selling book based on the show.

Ivan Coyote (International)

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Ivan Coyote is the award-winning author of eleven books, the creator of four short films, and has released three albums that combine storytelling with music. Ivan is a seasoned stage performer and long-time road dog, and over the last two decades has become an audience favourite at storytelling, writers, film, poetry, and folk music festivals from Anchorage to Amsterdam to Australia.

Ivan often grapples with the complex and intensely personal issues of gender identity in their work, as well as topics such as family, class, social justice and queer liberation, but always with a generous heart, a quick wit, and the nuanced and finely-honed timing of a gifted raconteur. Ivan’s eleventh book is Tomboy Survival Guide and recently was awarded a Stonewall Honor Book Award by the American Library Association, and was long-listed for the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction.

Sofija Stefanovic (International)

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Sofija Stefanovic is a Serbian-Australian writer living in the United States. She hosts the literary salon Women of Letters New York. She’s a regular storyteller with The Moth and has travelled around the United States performing with their MainStage. She’s writing a memoir called Miss Ex-Yugoslavia featuring warlords, beauty queens and everything in between.