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NLW: Author Visit - Colleen Krantz @ 8pm

To help us celebrate National Library Week: Author and documentary filmmaker Colleen Bradford Krantz will visit the Sioux Center Public Library on April 18 to talk about how and why she told the story of the 2002 railcar deaths of eleven undocumented immigrants.
When Apr 18, 2013
from 08:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Meeting Room B
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Contact Phone 712-722-2138
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Train to Nowhere; Inside an Immigrant Death Investigation, Krantz’s non-fiction book (Ice Cube Press, 2011), explains how the Central Americans and Mexicans ended up in the railcar that was ultimately opened by a grain elevator worker in Denison, Iowa. The documentary of the same name, which originally aired on Iowa Public Television and is now by available with Netflix Instant Watch, was co-produced and written by Krantz.

Book synopsis: Eleven undocumented immigrants are locked inside a sweltering railcar by smugglers and left to die a horrific death when no one comes to release them as promised. The railcar rolls on to the farming community of Denison, Iowa, where newspaper and television reporters descend after the bodies are discovered, all seeking the story behind the deaths. Train to Nowhere -- part crime story and part immigration perspective -- is an intimate portrait of those connected to the 2002 railcar deaths of eleven Central Americans and Mexicans. This piece of investigative reporting provides the full story, focusing largely on one victim’s New York brother, a longtime immigration agent assigned to the subsequent criminal investigation, and a train conductor imprisoned for working with the smugglers. It breaks away from the standard immigration story in fully examining this wide range of viewpoints. Train to Nowhere is an amazing piece of investigative reporting that examines tough facets of the immigration problem the United States faces today and, in doing so, examines the very heart of human nature itself.

Colleen Bradford Krantz, who lives in Adel, Iowa, is a former Des Moines Register reporter who left her decade-long newspaper career in 2005 to work on the book and documentary. She recently founded Skewed News Tutor (, a company that creates videos and mobile applications to teach students and the general public to become more discerning news consumers. Learn more about Colleen at Follow her on Twitter: @BradfordKrantz


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