Tara Campbell


Tara Campbell

Tara Campbell is a Washington, DC-based writer of crossover sci-fi. With a BA in English and an MA in German language and literature, she has a demonstrated aversion to money and power. Her work has appeared in the Washington Independent Review of Books, Potomac Review Blog, Hogglepot Journal, Lorelei Signal, Punchnel’s, GlassFire Magazine, the WiFiles, Silverthought Online, Toasted Cake Podcast, Litro Magazine, Luna Station Quarterly, Up Do: Flash Fiction by Women Writers, T. Gene Davis’ Speculative Blog, Master’s Review, Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly and Latchkey Tales, Elementals: Children of Water.


42 entries by Tara Campbell

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The Atmospherians: A Novel

By Alex McElroy

The Atmospherians: A Novel

This engaging, incisive satire spars with toxic masculinity and modern media culture.

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The Midnight Circus

By Jane Yolen

The Midnight Circus

This dark, fantastical story collection takes readers to unexpected places.

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What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays

The author serves up his signature blend of wit and insight in this satisfying collection.

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First Month, First Line

Can you identify these well-known books by their openings?

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Literary Afterlives

Now it’s time for the rest of the story…

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The 40-Year-Old Gargoyle

DC’s oldest lit mag celebrates a landmark!

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15 Classics Rebooted

It’s time to remix your lit, yo!

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What a Con!

Get your nerd on at these fun, funky gatherings.

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Book Blanket Bingo

Test your knowledge of DC-area literary festivals and conferences.

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Todas las Voces

Diversify your bookshelf at Duende District!

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Authors at Artomatic

The popular creativity-fest celebrates all things literary, too!

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Literary Fun in the DMV

How well do you know your bookish Washington-area institutions?

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Free Literary Fun

When the AWP Conference comes to town, bookish events abound.

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The More Things Change…

The surprising prescience of Black No More

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Oh-So-Long, Oh-So-Long!

On reading Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! as a grad student.

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My Accidental Journey

How misreading a website led me to an outstanding novel.

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Local Reading Treasure Trove #2

Discover your next favorite book by ear!

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39 Romance Novels the DC Lit Scene Needs Right Now

Is that a hanging chad in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?

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The Invoice: A Novel

By Jonas Karlsson

The Invoice: A Novel

This spare, peculiar story offers a light take on a heavy question

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Local Reading Treasure Trove

Discover your next favorite book by ear

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Homegoing: A Novel

By Yaa Gyasi

Homegoing: A Novel

From a debut novelist comes this ambitious, profound story spanning continents and generations

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Doing Good in the ‘Hood

Creative volunteering opportunities in DC

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We Love You, Charlie Freeman

By Kaitlyn Greenidge

We Love You, Charlie Freeman

This debut novel tackles risky terrain: race, language, identity — and chimpanzees

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The Man Without a Shadow: A Novel

By Joyce Carol Oates

The Man Without a Shadow: A Novel

A haunting tale of science, obsession, and impossible love.

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The Relic Master: A Novel

By Christopher Buckley

The Relic Master: A Novel

A sardonic skewering of the Holy Roman Empire with satire as arch as a Gothic cathedral.

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And West Is West

By Ron Childress

And West Is West

A smart, satisfying work about real people navigating the uneasy compromises of today’s world.

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On the Road with Del and Louise: A Novel in Stories

Buckle up for some kicks on Route 66 with two lovable outlaws.

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Secondhand Souls: A Novel

By Christopher Moore

Secondhand Souls: A Novel

The author dishes up another helping of slapstick supernatural craziness.

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The Gracekeepers

By Kirsty Logan

The Gracekeepers

This debut novel creates a dazzling (if damp) future with ethereal inhabitants.

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My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past

The author struggles to reconcile fond memories of her grandma with that woman's love of a mass murderer.

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The Rabbit Back Literature Society

By Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen; translated by Lola M. Rogers

The Rabbit Back Literature Society

Come visit Rabbit Back, a twee little town with a whimsical name and deep, dark secrets.

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The Back of the Turtle: A Novel

Heavy themes are handled lightly in this playful, wonderfully readable tale by a gifted indigenous author.

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The Bees: A Novel

By Laline Paull

The Bees: A Novel

Insects are ruthless, sexy, and compassionate in this unusual tale.

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The Museum of Extraordinary Things: A Novel

A love story set in the dark and magical circus-sideshow world of early 20th-century America.

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Sisterland: A Novel

By Curtis Sittenfeld

Sisterland: A Novel

As the lives of twins with psychic powers take different turns, it raises questions about what it means to be your own person.

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A lively look at three sisters’ ability to hold on to family — despite family.

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David Park

The Light of Amsterdam

In this novel, three unassociated protagonists traveling from Belfast to Amsterdam have intersecting journeys of self-discovery.