Carrie Callaghan


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.


72 entries by Carrie Callaghan

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Take My Hand: A Novel

By Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Take My Hand: A Novel

A compelling, fictional look at the sordid history of reproductive politics.

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Conquistadores: A New History of Spanish Discovery and Conquest

This detail-heavy work is impressive but short on new insights.

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The Peculiarities

By David Liss

The Peculiarities

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

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Pale

By Edward A. Farmer

Pale

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

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Revelations: A Novel

By Mary Sharratt

Revelations: A Novel

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

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Klara and the Sun: A Novel

By Kazuo Ishiguro

Klara and the Sun: A Novel

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

Dressed for a Dance in the Snow

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

Pale: A Novel

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

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An Interview with Sara Ackerman

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

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Connecting to the Past, One Gin Fizz at a Time

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

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Hashtag Hist-Fic

A new literary community blossoms on Twitter.

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9 Middle-Grade Books to Brighten Your Quarantined Spirit

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

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

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

House of Stone

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

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Making Room for Healers

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

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The Sea Queen

By Linnea Hartsuyker

The Sea Queen

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

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Realizing a Book-Filled Dream

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

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An Interview with Nancy Naomi Carlson

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

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9 Steps to Being a Great Moderator

Panel-wrangling in the age of extremes

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An Interview with Chanel Cleeton

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

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First Readers Pave the Way

Meet the unsung heroes of literary magazines.

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Four Degrees of a Queen (of Romance)

A daisy chain of kindness leads to some unexpected places.

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House of Stone: A Novel

By Novuyo Rosa Tshuma

House of Stone: A Novel

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

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5 Reasons Happy(ish) Endings Are the Best

Positive resolutions are about more than just feeling good.

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6 Word-Rich Ways to Celebrate the Season

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

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Hannibal’s Oath

By John Prevas

Hannibal’s Oath

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

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The Best Gift to Give a Writer

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

The Sea Queen: A Novel

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

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Sharing a Good Word

When writers have to ask for praise.

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The Half-Drowned King

By Linnea Hartsuyker

The Half-Drowned King

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

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An Interview with Jenni L. Walsh

On sifting fact from fiction with Bonnie and Clyde.

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Nurturing the Littlest Readers

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

Midnight Blue: A Novel

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

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The Life of the Party

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

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Writers for Hope

A survivor organizes writers and words to overcome sexual assault.

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Sending Books Over the (Prison) Fence

Imprisoned bodies don't mean restricted minds.

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Tangerine: A Novel

By Christine Mangan

Tangerine: A Novel

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

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Literally Kind

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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Mr. Iyer Goes to War: a Novel

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

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Our Winter 2017 Picture-Book Roundup

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

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Hannibal’s Oath: The Life and Wars of Rome’s Greatest Enemy

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

The Half-Drowned King: A Novel

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

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Pitch WHAT?

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

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Meet the (Small) Press: Virginia Quarterly Review

This cerebral magazine is both microscope and telescope

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Meet the (Small) Press: The Kenyon Review

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

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The Women in the Castle: A Novel

By Jessica Shattuck

The Women in the Castle: A Novel

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

Mr Iyer Goes to War

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

Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction

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

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Documenting the Salon: Paris Salon Catalogs, 1673-1945

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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An Interview with Joy Callaway

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

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The Restaurant Critic’s Wife: A Novel

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

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Twain & Stanley Enter Paradise: A Novel

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

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4 Picture Books to Share with Baby Bookworms

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

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An Interview with Shannon Burke

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

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The Exchange of Princesses: A Novel

By Chantal Thomas; translated by John Cullen

The Exchange of Princesses: A Novel

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

Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral

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

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The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help

The cabaret-punk diva shares the story of her evolution into a mistress of requesting.

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Kill My Mother

By Jules Feiffer

Kill My Mother

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

The Bone Clocks: A Novel

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

Midnight in Europe

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

What Is Visible

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

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Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C.

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

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6 Novels Where Weather Takes Center Stage

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

Children of Paradise

A moving and dramatic imagining of the Jonestown tragedy

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The Man Who Walked Away: A Novel

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

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6 Books Similar to “The Princess Bride”

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

The Maid’s Version

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

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5 Books to Get You in the Back-to-School Spirit

... whether you're returning, sending someone there, or just aghast at the increased traffic!

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I Am Venus

Bárbara Mujica

I Am Venus

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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In the House Upon the Dirt Between The Lake and the Woods

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

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Author Q&A with Paul Dickson

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