Join the City of Iowa City Equity & Human Rights Division and the Iowa City Public Library for a discussion on The Line Becomes A River by Francisco Cantú as part of Hispanic American Heritage Month.

This discussion will take place on Zoom on Wednesday, Sept. 29 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and registration is required. Zoom details will be sent out after registration.

For Francisco Cantú, the border is in the blood: his mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, raised him in the scrublands of the Southwest. Haunted by the landscape of his youth, Cantú joins the Border Patrol. He and his partners are posted to remote regions crisscrossed by drug routes and smuggling corridors, where they learn to track other humans under blistering sun and through frigid nights. They haul in the dead and deliver to detention those they find alive.

Cantú tries not to think about where the stories go from there. Plagued by nightmares, he abandons the patrol for civilian life. But when an immigrant friend travels to Mexico to visit his dying mother and does not return, Cantú discovers that the border has migrated with him and now he must know the whole story. Searing and unforgettable, The Line Becomes a River makes urgent and personal the violence our border wreaks on both sides of the line.

How to register for the event

Those interested can register here. Twenty registrants will be selected at random to receive a complimentary copy of the book. Those selected will be notified no later than August 30.


If you will need disability-related accommodations in order to participate in this program/event, please contact Kristin Watson at 319-356-5015 or Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.

Date of publication

Monday, August 16, 2021