AUTHOR ALFREDO CORCHADO APPEARS AT DALLAS PUBLIC LIBRARY
Author Alfredo Corchado Midnight In Mexico Paperback Launch
DALLAS - Friends of the Dallas Public Library is proud to present a conversation with author Alfredo Corchado and to celebrate the paperback release of Midnight In Mexico: A Reporter's Journey Through a Country's Descent Into Darkness on Tuesday, May 29 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the first floor auditorium at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library. Corchado appears as part of the Friends' authorSPEAK series.
Corchado was born in Durango, Mexico. His father traveled between the U.S. and Mexico as a migrant worker sponsored by the Bracero Program, but when work at home becomes increasingly scarce and Corchado’s little sister dies in an accident, the family moves to the United States to work the California fields. Corchado always felt a deep attachment to the country of his birth and dreamed of returning. In 1994 he was given the perfect opportunity: a post as the Mexico correspondent for the Dallas Morning News. His family had built a thriving life in the U.S., but Corchado had to return home. When he arrives, a revolution is taking root in the south, while in Ciudad Juarez, young women begin disappearing and turning up mutilated and dead. While looking into who is behind the murders and why they remain uninvestigated, Corchado discovers, and reports on, the links between local authorities and the local drug cartel. Soon he is confronted by the cartel and told to watch his back.
Undeterred, Corchado presses on. He becomes the first reporter to interview Vicente Fox in 2000 after he defeats the long-ruling PRI party with promises to usher in a democratic era and bringing an end to pervasive corruption. He questions officials both in Mexico and the U.S. on their plans for comprehensive immigration reform. He covers the alarming, mixed results of President Felipe Calderón’s war on the cartels. Through a source in El Paso, he is one of the first journalists to learn about Operation Fast and Furious, long before it becomes national news in the U.S. He reports on the growing activity of the Zetas, a paramilitary arm of the Gulf cartel, within U.S. borders. Relying on contacts on both sides of the border, he finds footage incriminating powerful Mexican politicians in the drug trade, and writes an exposé. Some of his sources—an attorney in Ciudad Juarez, a public servant in Mexico City— pay with their lives for sharing what they know. Now, Corchado realizes, it might be his turn.
As he recounts his efforts to unearth the source of the threat against his life, Corchado also offers a sweeping view of the sociopolitical challenges facing Mexico, as well as its complicated relationship with the United States. Gripping and illuminating, MIDNIGHT IN MEXICO is the powerful story of a man’s determination to find hope for his country even in the darkest of hours.
WHAT: authorSPEAK with Alfredo Corchado
WHERE: J. Erik Jonsson Central Library Auditorium
1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX 75201
WHEN: Tuesday, May 29 from 7-:8:30 pm
authorSPEAK is the Friends of the Dallas Public Library literary series featuring local, up-and-coming and established authors at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library.
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