Carey On Tap: Uncovering Painful Family Secrets – And Publishing Them

Sunday, December 16 | 4PM
Helderberg Brewery Taproom

What happens when you discover a secret that’s been carefully hidden in a family’s history? What should a reporter do when she finds out the truth? What are the ethical, moral and creative questions at play when investigating family tragedies and secrets?

Joanne Drayton, Logan Nonfiction Program alumna, will discuss the process of uncovering hidden facts, including family secrets like murder, tragedy and homosexuality for her most recent book, “Hudson & Halls: The Food of Love.” She will also talk about her reporting process, the ethical implications she faced and the decision to publish. Q&A and publication celebration to follow. This event is presented as part of new Carey on Tap Series. 

Joanne is an acclaimed New Zealand author whose most recent book, “Hudson & Halls: The Food of Love,” examines the lives of Peter Hudson and David Halls, a gay couple who became celebrity chefs on television in New Zealand and the U.K. in the 1970s and 1980s. Her previous book, “The Search for Anne Perry,” was a New York Times bestseller, a finalist in the prestigious New Zealand Book Awards, the subject of a “60 Minutes” program, a cover story for the NZ Listener and has been optioned for a feature film. Her critically acclaimed “Ngaio Marsh: Her Life in Crime” was a Christmas pick of the Independent newspaper when it was released in the U.K. in 2009. Her other biographies of expatriate painters include “Frances Hodgkins: A Private Viewing”; “Rhona Haszard: An Experimental Expatriate NZ Artist”; and “Edith Collier: Her Life and Work.” Joanne was a fellow with the Logan Nonfiction Program in Spring 2017.