Visiting Friends: A Son's Story
At the age of thirty-six, newspaperman Bob Hainey was found dead, alone near his car, on Chicago's North Side. As an adult, his son Michael (who was just 6 years old when his father died and grew up to be a journalist as well) goes in search of the truth about his father's life and death, because the stories he'd been told about his father had never quite added up. In his quest, Hainey beautifully conjures a Chicago of a bygone era-when the city had five thriving papers, each with its own designated bar where the staffers drank and told stories.Yet at its heart, After Visiting Friends is a moving account of one man's attempt to uncover his family's long-buried secrets. Combining his journalist's investigative skills and his poet's ear for language, Michael Hainey vividly renders his search, both factually and existentially, for the truth about his father. Join us for a special conversation, as Michael's mother, Barbara, will be joining him on our stage to share her unique perspective on the story. Michael Hainey is the deputy editor of GQ and has been with the magazine for 10 years. His poetry has appeared in Tin House, amongst other places. Hainey attended Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and currently lives in New York City.