Reader, meet writer! When the country shut down last month in response to the COVID-19 crisis, one group of people left high and dry were authors with new books just published. Overnight, appearences were canceled and tours put on hold. The confusion and dismay was overwhelming.

The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, which represents independent bookstores in the South, literally leapt into the fray and created the Reader Meet Writer Author Series -- a series of virtual author appearances accessible via Southern indie bookstores. Ask your local bookseller how to tune in.

Reader Meet Writer

Steven Wright's appearance on Reader Meet Writer is now available to watch on video.  A piercing portrait of our fragile democracy and one man's unraveling, The Coyotes of Carthage paints a disturbingly real portrait of the American experiment in action.

A blistering and thrilling debut—a biting exploration of American politics, set in a small South Carolina town, about a political operative running a dark money campaign for his corporate clients.

"Dark humor and dark money make for a compelling combination and Dre Ross may be the most sympathetic villain around. A cautionary tale for our times full of heart and dire warnings of how politics can go wrong."
~ Jan Blodgett, Main Street Books, Davidson, NC

Steven Wright is a clinical associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School, where he codirects the Wisconsin Innocence Project. From 2007 to 2012 he served as a trial attorney in the Voting Section of the United States Department of Justice. He has written numerous essays about race, criminal justice, and election law for the New York Review of Books.

Download the first chapter of The Coyotes of Carthage