Heavy rain through the night might have brought on "uhtceare" and powerful urges to ignore the alarm in favour of "floccilation", but the city's literary crowd ventured out nonetheless, filling many of Thursday's Sydney Writers Festival sessions to capacity.
Jo Case has come to see her son's diagnosis as a gift.
Were the American actor and author Molly Ringwald to play a character in the screenplay adaption of her own fiction, it would be Marina, the feisty single mother of a six-year-old boy who wishes he was a girl.
Welshman Daniel Morden is hooked on telling stories, writes Linda Morris.
Ali Cobby Eckermann, a Nunga poet, is the second Aboriginal writer to win the top prize in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards, in consecutive years.
Anna Goldsworthy's second autobiographical work is an account of the pains and pleasures of parenthood.
This British husband and wife team feels there's a better way to communicate with younger readers.
Emerging Writers' Festival director Sam Twyford-Moore talks about his favourite books.
The End: The Human Experience of Death is enlightening, in the best possible way, about something that is such a fundamental part of life, most of us choose to avoid dwelling on it. An accomplished science journalist, Bianca Nogrady has covered every base in her investigation of the phenomena of death - philosophy, medicine, science, ethics and culture. Her starting point, in each of these areas, is the assumption that the more we know about death - the more we understand the mechanics of our own obsolescence - the less we have to fear from it.