The Reading Life with Sarah Broom

Aug 25, 2019

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with New Orleans native Sarah Broom about her critically acclaimed new book, "The Yellow House: A Memoir," a tale of what draws us home and what makes us leave, and a chronicle of a sprawling, complicated family and the house in New Orleans East that binds them all together in shared memory. And Susan has a few words about the passing of Toni Morrison.

Here’s what’s on tap in the literary life this week:

Here in New Orleans:

  • There will be a celebration of the life of the late, great Toni Morrison with group reading, Sunday, August 25, at 5-7 p.m. at Southern Rep Theater, 2541 Bayou Rd. Then Antenna presents Playing in the Dark: Vigil for Toni Morrison, Wednesday, August 28, at 7 p.m. at the Antenna Gallery, 3718 St. Claude Ave. The event features a literary playlist curated by Kristina Kay Robinson.
  • Sarah Broom appears in conversation with Maurice Carlos Ruffin and signs “The Yellow House: A Memoir,” Wednesday, August 28, at 6 p.m. at Garden District Book Shop.
  • Zachary Lazar, author of "Vengeance," appears in conversation with photographer Deborah Luster for the Art of the City Book Club at the Historic New Orleans Collection, Wednesday, August 28, at 6 p.m. at 522 Royal St. Susan Larson moderates.
  • One Book One New Orleans, Engaging New Voices and Voters, and the New Orleans Public Library present a discussion, “Literacy as a Tool to Combat Incarceration,” Thursday, August 29, at 5:30 at the New Orleans Public Library Mail Library, 219 Loyola. The event begins with a reading by Zachary Lazar from “Vengeance,” the One Book One New Orleans selection, followed by a discussion with Bruce Reilly, Bobby Wallace, Patrick Young, and Jacqueline Hall Johnson.
  • Kate Lacour discusses and signs “Vivisectionary: A Convocation of Biological Art,” Thursday, August 29, at 6 p.m. at Blue Cypress Books.
  • Three authors discuss their Katrina books, Thursday, August 29, at 7 p.m. at the East Bank Regional Library in Metairie. They are John Batty, author of “Voices of Angels”; Laura Dragon, author of “Hurricane Boy”; and Mikel Schaeffer, author of Lost in Katrina.
  •  Timothy Faust appears in conversation with Nathan J. Robinson discussing his book, “Health Justice Now: Single Payer and What Comes Next,” Friday, August 30, at 6 p.m. at Garden District Book Shop.
  • The Fat Books Club takes on “The Arabian Nights,” starting September 1, with Susan Blalock leading the discussion in Abita Springs. If you’ve always wanted to read this classic with a group, email
  • The Dickens Society begins its reading of “The Old Curiosity Shop,” with a discussion of chapters 1-10, Saturday, September 14, at 2 p.m. at the Bright Library at Metairie Park Country Day School.