Carrie Callaghan


Carrie Callaghan lives, reads, and writes in Maryland with her husband, two children, and two floppy cats. Her short fiction has appeared in the Silk Road Review, Floodwall, the MacGuffin, the Northern Virginia Review, and elsewhere.  She's the senior assignments editor for @wirobooks. Twitter at @carriecallaghan.


70 entries by Carrie Callaghan

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The Peculiarities

By David Liss

Inexplicable change — welcome or otherwise — comes to 1900s England.

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Pale

By Edward A. Farmer

The lingering shadow of the Old South hangs over this masterful contemporary tale.

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Revelations: A Novel

By Mary Sharratt

A 15th-century wife embarks on a revolutionary pilgrimage.

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Klara and the Sun: A Novel

By Kazuo Ishiguro

Though opaque in places, this moving tale eventually lets in the light.

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Dressed for a Dance in the Snow

By Monika Zgustova; translated by Julie Jones

Aching depths of purpose and meaning are explored in these conversations with female gulagniks.

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Pale: A Novel

By Edward A. Farmer

The lingering shadow of the Old South hangs over this masterful contemporary tale.

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The author talks Hawaii, World War II, and the otherworldly enchantment of Volcanoes National Park.

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In history, it’s always five o’clock somewhere.

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A new literary community blossoms on Twitter.

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Children and adults alike will enjoy these charming, escapist reads.

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Dressed for a Dance in the Snow: Women’s Voices from the Gulag

By Monika Zgustova; translated by Julie Jones

Aching depths of purpose and meaning are explored in these conversations with female gulagniks.

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House of Stone

By Novuyo Rosa Tshuma

Traumatic stories and secrets from Zimbabwe’s birth fill this historical novel.

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Even the least pugnacious can help in the fight for a better world.

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The Sea Queen

By Linnea Hartsuyker

This fantastic story of 9th-century Scandinavia will sink its grappling hooks deep into your heart.

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How a dedicated, inspired group of people made a festival happen

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The poet talks calazazas, the musicality of language, and ensuring that nothing gets lost in translation.

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Panel-wrangling in the age of extremes

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The novelist talks Castro, family ties, and political intrigue in 1950s Cuba.

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Meet the unsung heroes of literary magazines.

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A daisy chain of kindness leads to some unexpected places.

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House of Stone: A Novel

By Novuyo Rosa Tshuma

Traumatic stories and secrets from Zimbabwe’s birth fill this historical novel.

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Positive resolutions are about more than just feeling good.

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Honor the light we create together with this bookish gift list.

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Hannibal’s Oath

By John Prevas

An accessible account of the legendary general determined to topple a republic.

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A poet pays tribute to his mentor by inviting others to join him in honoring her work.

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The Sea Queen: A Novel

By Linnea Hartsuyker

This fantastic story of 9th-century Scandinavia will sink its grappling hooks deep into your heart.

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When writers have to ask for praise.

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The Half-Drowned King

By Linnea Hartsuyker

A rollicking tale of monarchs, murder, and mayhem in long-ago Norway.

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On sifting fact from fiction with Bonnie and Clyde.

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Twenty-five years ago, a dancer found her passion — in children’s books.

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Midnight Blue: A Novel

By Simone van der Vlugt; translated by Jenny Watson

This transportive tale immerses readers in the arts scene of 17th-century Holland.

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A closer look at the people who volunteer to bring writers together.

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A survivor organizes writers and words to overcome sexual assault.

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Imprisoned bodies don't mean restricted minds.

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Tangerine: A Novel

By Christine Mangan

In 1950s Morocco, estranged college friends attempt to salve old wounds.

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The first in a new column about how people use the written word to spread kindness, starting with an exciting writing contest for teens.

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This splendid novel set in modern-day India tips its hat to a tilting-at-windmills classic.

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A handy guide to use when story-shopping for the kidlets!

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An accessible account of the legendary general determined to topple a republic.

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The Half-Drowned King: A Novel

By Linnea Hartsuyker

A rollicking tale of monarchs, murder, and mayhem in long-ago Norway.

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A peek inside one of the most exciting writing contests around.

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This cerebral magazine is both microscope and telescope

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A leading literary magazine offers delight, nourishment, and provocation.

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The Women in the Castle: A Novel

By Jessica Shattuck

Three German widows and their children try to navigate post-World War II reconstruction in this brave tale.

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Mr Iyer Goes to War

By Ryan Lobo

This splendid novel set in modern-day India tips its hat to a tilting-at-windmills classic.

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Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction

By Benjamin Percy

A heart-pounding volume on the art of suspenseful storytelling.

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A new book and exhibit at the National Gallery of Art delve into the Louvre’s history to explore just how tastes get made.

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The author discusses Gilded Age society, family loyalty, and the enduring power of art

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What happens when your spouse’s need to go incognito makes you invisible, too?

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A meditative novel of friendship, sympathy, and the nature of salvation.

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These play-tested titles are all ready for reading and snuggle time.

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The author discusses the Old West, male bonding, and the enduring power of adventure tales.

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The Exchange of Princesses

By Chantal Thomas; translated by John Cullen

Two child-marriages are arranged in order to consolidate kingdoms, but at what cost to the pawn-like youngsters involved?

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Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral

By Mary Doria Russell

Death comes to gritty life in a fictionalized history of one of the most notorious events in the Old West.

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Cabaret-punk diva Amanda Palmer tells the story of her evolution into an artist and a mistress of “asking.”

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Kill My Mother

By Jules Feiffer

Expressive art and storytelling (not to mention several tall, mysterious women) highlight this noir graphic novel.

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The Bone Clocks: A Novel

By David Mitchell

A teenage runaway is drawn into a mysterious contest between good and evil in this labyrinthine tale.

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Midnight in Europe

Alan Furst

A lawyer turns arms dealer for the Spanish Republic as fascism gains power in 1930s Europe.

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What Is Visible

Kimberly Elkins

Half a century before Helen Keller, Laura Bridgman earned fame and renown – though what she really wanted was love.

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A chatty account of Washington’s storied beers and brewmasters.

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It's springtime in DC (finally!), and the change of seasons has us thinking about weather. For those who prefer to read about catastrophic weather rather than experience it, here are a few novels where atmospheric disturbances are characters in their own right.

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Children of Paradise

By Fred D’Aguiar

A moving and dramatic imagining of the Jonestown tragedy

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A 19th-century Frenchman flees himself in this intelligent, superb tale.

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Loved the movie? Then you'll probably enjoy these six titles, each of which has something in common with the cult classic.

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The Maid’s Version

Daniel Woodrell

After a mysterious fire leaves 42 people dead, one woman's suspicions, memories and need for vengeance consume her life.

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I Am Venus

Bárbara Mujica

Through the voice of an unidentified nude model, this historical novel explores the life and loves of 17th-century Spanish painter Diego Velazquez.

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Marriage, loss and fairy tales are at the heart of Matt Bell’s lyrical debut novel.

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Carrie Callaghan interviews Paul Dickson, author of the fascinating Words from the White House.