Book title: 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 together.

The Shorewood Reads 2022 book is The Coyotes of Carthage by Steven Wright.

How can you participate? First, read the book! Then, explore themes and ideas from the book at Library and community events held from February through April 2022.

Author Steven Wright comes to Shorewood for a capstone celebration on Tuesday, April 27, 2022!

Information about book discussions, upcoming events, and more can be found HERE.


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 or by calling the library to place a copy on hold at 414-847-2670.  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.