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City Tavern Preservation Foundation Celebrates Breena Clarke April 25, 2024

City Tavern Preservation Foundation presents an evening with author Breena Clarke On April 25, 2024 starting at 6:30 pm. She will discuss her debut novel, River, Cross My Heart, an October 1999 Oprah Book Club selection and named by Publisher’s Weekly as one of the seven essential books about Washington, D.C. Register here.

Breena Clarke
Photo by Breena Clarke

Breena Clarke is the author of four novels, most recently published, 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. 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.

She 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.

City Tavern is located at 3206 M Street in Georgetown.