David A. Taylor


David A. Taylor

David A. Taylor’s fiction has appeared in Potomac Review, Gargoyle, Jabberwock, Barrelhouse, Washington City Paper, Rio Grande Review, and Baltimore Review, and in several anthologies. His collection, Success: Stories, received the Washington Writers’ Publishing House fiction prize and was a People’s Choice finalist in the Library of Virginia Literary Awards. His nonfiction book Soul of a People (2009), about the WPA writers of the 1930s, was made into a Smithsonian documentary film that he wrote and co-produced, and ranked among Best of the Month by Amazon.com and the year’s best books by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. His other nonfiction books include Ginseng, the Divine Root (2006), a plant’s odyssey, and Cork Wars: Intrigue and Industry in World War II (2018), which won an Ippy Award for World History. He's creating a podcast revisiting the writers and books of the Federal Writers' Project called "The People's Recorder," and writes for the Washington Post and other outlets. He teaches at Johns Hopkins University and lives in DC. 


13 entries by David A. Taylor

Book Review

The Garretts of Columbia: A Black South Carolina Family from Slavery to the Dawn of Integration

Piecing together a story that started in the antebellum era.

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To Walk About in Freedom

By Carole Emberton

To Walk About in Freedom

A formerly enslaved person shares her gripping yet incomplete story.

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Song Noir: Tom Waits and the Spirit of Los Angeles

How the gravel-voiced singer was birthed by the City of Angels.

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To Walk About in Freedom: The Long Emancipation of Priscilla Joyner

A formerly enslaved person shares her gripping yet incomplete story.

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The Nazi Spy Ring in America

By Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones

The Nazi Spy Ring in America

A fascinating look at the 1938 trial that tipped the U.S. into the Allies’ corner.

Feature

Unnecessary Losses

What happens when a dystopian police state methodically erases everyday objects?

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The Nazi Spy Ring in America: Hitler’s Agents, the FBI, & the Case that Stirred the Nation

A fascinating look at the 1938 trial that tipped the U.S. into the Allies’ corner.

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Warlight

By Michael Ondaatje

Warlight

An immersive post-WWII tale of intrigue from a true master.

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Sacrifice

By Alessandro Orsini; translated by Sarah Jane Nodes

Sacrifice

An Italian sociologist goes undercover to infiltrate a militant hate group.

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Warlight: A Novel

By Michael Ondaatje

Warlight: A Novel

An immersive post-WWII tale of intrigue from a true master

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Sacrifice: My Life in a Fascist Militia

By Alessandro Orsini; translated by Sarah Jane Nodes

Sacrifice: My Life in a Fascist Militia

An Italian sociologist goes undercover to infiltrate a militant hate group.

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Baltimore Story Collections

Two authors give distinct voice to the people of one city — Baltimore.

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Defying Gravity

Edited by Richard Peabody

Defying Gravity

Anthology of D.C. women writers ignores boundaries in favor of strong voices and strong characters.