Author, filmmaker plans Hawarden library stop

Posted March 28, 2013 at 5:00 am

Author and documentary filmmaker Colleen Bradford Krantz will visit Hawarden Public Library at 7:00 p.m. April 17 during National Library Week.

Krantz will talk about how and why she told the story of the 2002 railcar deaths of 11 undocumented immigrants.

“Train to Nowhere: Inside an Immigrant Death Investigation,” Krantz’s nonfiction book published by Ice Cube Press in 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 available with Net-flix Instant Watch, was co-produced and written by Krantz.

In addition to the Hawarden appearance, Krantz will be at Le Mars Public Library, 46 First St. SW, at 5:30 p.m. April 18 and at Sioux Center Public Library, 102 Main Ave., Sioux Center, at 8:00 p.m. April 18.

Krantz lives in Adel, Iowa and is a former Des Moines Register reporter who left her job of 10 years to work on the documentary in 2005. 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.

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