Shorewood Reads


FEATURING: The Coyotes of Carthage by Steven Wright 

Shorewood Reads is our local version of what many other communities nationally, and even globally, have done: a community-wide event centered on reading one book. 

The goal of Shorewood Reads 2022 is to unite our community through a shared reading experience. We hope you will join us!

More about The Coyotes of Carthage, our 2022 community read

The Coyotes of Carthage is  the debut novel of Wisconsin author and UW-Madison Professor Steven Wright.

  • The Washington Post book review (April 18, 2020): "Steven Wright’s ‘Coyotes of Carthage’ pulls back the curtain on how democracy works. It isn’t pretty."
  • Publishers Weekly book review (April 2021): "Wright conjures a cast of believable blue-collar locals to imagine how a local election can be manipulated through a carefully orchestrated process that includes the grooming of straw men, the crafting of rhetoric to distort issues, and the channeling of discord and dissatisfaction among the electorate to turn a campaign dirty, dangerous—and effective."
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison News (February 18, 2021): "[Wright's] debut novel combines his love of writing with his legal expertise by going behind the scenes of the often dirty business of politics."

You can request a copy of The Coyotes of Carthage via CountyCat, by calling the library to place a copy on hold at 414-847-2670, or by speaking to a librarian in-person at the library.  The Coyotes of Carthage is also available digitally as an e-book or e-audiobook on the Libby app and via hoopla online or app.


Meet the Author

Steven Wright will be at Shorewood Library for the culminating event of Shorewood Reads 2022 on April 27th, 2022. 

All events will be held in Shorewood Village Center.

Writing Workshop with Steven Wright at 10:00 AM

Join The Coyotes of Carthage author Steven Wright for an informational session about writing and publication. Wright will discuss his personal writing journey, the process of getting an agent, finding a publisher, working with an editor, etc. This event is open to the public, and all are welcome to attend. No registration required.

Threats to Local Democracy with Steven Wright at 3:00 PM

Join Steven Wright, author of The Coyotes of Carthage, for an engaging discussion about current threats to local democracy. Steven will touch on voting rights, banning books, and more.  No registration required. This event will also be streamed virtually via Zoom. The meeting ID is 918 033 2029, or you can click HERE to join us. You can also join us via telephone by calling 1-312-626-6799.

Author Discussion of The Coyotes of Carthage with Q&A at 7:00 PM

Author Steven Wright will discuss writing The Coyotes of Carthage with Daniel Goldin, proprietor of Boswell Book Company, and take questions from the audience.  No registration required. This event will also be streamed virtually via Zoom. The meeting ID is 918 033 2029, or you can click HERE to join us. You can also join us via telephone by calling 1-312-626-6799.

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Living With Urban Coyotes on Wednesday, March 30th at 7:00 PM

In this presentation, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Biologist Jenna Fastner will take a closer look at the medium-size crafty and creative canines that play a literal and figurative role in The Coyotes of Carthage. Jenna will explore overall coyote biology and life history, living with urban coyotes, management techniques and options, and the differences between coyotes and wolves. Jenna will also answer questions following the presentation.


Film Screening of Dark Money on Tuesday, April 19th at 6:30 PM.

In the United States, "dark money" often refers to political spending by nonprofit organizations that are not required to disclose their donors. Dark money is also front and center in our Shorewood Reads 2022 book, The Coyotes of Carthage by Steven Wright. Join us in Shorewood Village Center for a screening of the documentary film Dark Money and take a deeper dive into what happens behind the scenes of campaigns and elections.  Light refreshments will be provided.  No registration required.