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Wisconsin Book Festival presents Steven Wright for THE COYOTES OF CARTHAGE

Meeting Room 301
Tuesday, Apr 14, 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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. Dre Ross has one more shot. Despite being a successful political consultant his aggressive tactics have put him on thin ice with his boss Mrs. Fitz who plucked him from juvenile incarceration and mentored his career. She exiles him to the backwoods of South Carolina with $250 000 of dark money to introduce a ballot initiative on behalf of a mining company. The goal: to manipulate the locals into voting to sell their pristine public land to the highest bidder. Dre arrives in God-fearing flag-waving Carthage County with only Mrs. Fitz�s well-meaning yet na�ve grandson Brendan as his team. Dre an African-American outsider can�t be the one to collect the signatures needed to get on the ballot. So he hires a blue-collar couple Tyler Lee and his pious wife Chalene to act as the initiative�s public face. Under Dre�s cynical direction a land grab is disguised as a righteous fight for faith and liberty. As lines are crossed and lives ruined Dre�s increasingly cutthroat campaign threatens the very soul of Carthage County and perhaps the last remnants of his own humanity. 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.