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Author Reading & Conversation w/ Breena Clarke & Esther Cohen

Stamford Library is excited to announce an upcoming Author Reading and Conversation with authors Breena Clarke and Esther Cohen on Saturday, April 6 at 2 p.m.

Author Breena Clarke is the author of four novels. She will be reading excerpts from her most recently published novel, Alive Nearby, a gently ruminative, epistolary work that explores characters in Angels Make Their Hope Here, Clarke’s 2014 novel set in an imagined mixed-race community in 19th-century New Jersey.

Breena Clarke’s debut novel, River, Cross My Heart, was an October 1999 Oprah Book Club selection and was named by Publisher’s Weekly as one of the seven essential books about Washington, D.C. Her critically reviewed second novel, Stand The Storm, was named one of 100 Best for 2008 by The Washington Post. Her short fiction has appeared in Washington Post Magazine, Kweli Journal, Stonecoast Review, Nervous Breakdown, Mom/Egg Review, The Drabble, Catapult, Solstice, and Now, The Hobart Festival of Women Writers online magazine.

Breena Clarke is co-founder of The Hobart Festival of Women Writers, an annual three-day celebration of the work of diverse women writers. She has been a member of the fiction faculty of Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing at The University of Southern Maine. Breena Clarke is co-editor of NOW, an online journal of the Hobart Festival of Women Writers.

Breena Clarke can be found on Facebook at

She can be found on Substack at


Esther Cohen is a writer, teacher, bookdoctor, and cultural activist. She is the author of six books, including Breakfast With Allen Ginsberg (poetry), Bookdoctor (fiction), and Don’t Mind Me and Other Jewish Lies, illustrated by Roz Chast.

During this special author event, Esther will read excerpts from her most recent book All of Us: Stories and Poems Along Route 17. Published in November 2023, All of Us is about people in a small town in upstate New York – different, even alien, from one another, often politically at odds, yet managing to live in peace, side by side. Seen through the lens of a warm-hearted narrator with an eye for a good story and a good laugh, All of Us is a unique tribute to rural upstate New York – a funny Spoon River Anthology, a northern relative of Eudora Welty’s Why I Live at the PO.

Esther Cohen posts a poem every day at Learn more on her website at

This author reading and conversation with Breena Clarke and Esther Cohen is FREE and open to all. Light refreshments will be served.


Apr 06 2024


2:00 pm - 3:30 pm