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Video: 2020 interview with Sarah Broom, courtesy of the Nantucket Book Foundation’s At Home With Author’s series

Winner of the 2019 National Book award, The Yellow House, by Sarah M. Broom, was chosen as this year’s One Book One Island selection for its relatability and accessibility to readers of different ages and backgrounds.

“A book of great ambition…The Yellow House tells a hundred years of [Broom’s] family and their relationship to home in a neglected area of one of America’s most mythologized cities.” (sarahmbroom.com). Broom’s debut memoir is the story of her family and her home in New Orleans. And a story of that city’s pull on her in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.Themes of race, discrimination, home, and identity make this a timely, relevant, and essential read for 2021.

For more information on the author and a synopsis of The Yellow House, please visit Broom’s website.

Calendar of Events

  • Register with Beanstack and compliment your reading of The Yellow House with virtual tours, interactive maps, book reviews, interviews with the author, and more!
  • March 22 – April 3
    AAN Craft – Painted Story Quilt, A visual story on fabric, based on the art of Faith Ringgold

    • Quilt-making spans multiple centuries and many different cultures. It’s an art form that can teach basic math skills, record history, recycle cast-off materials, and encourage cooperative efforts within a group. Artist and author Faith Ringgold is renowned for her painted story quilts. She surrounds her narrative paintings with a quilted fabric border, which creates visual art that tells a story in color, texture, and pattern.
    • Students select a story to illustrate — either from a book, family history, or an experience of their own — then create their selected scene on fabric using watercolor pencils and pastels. With the remaining fabric, students design swatches to create a border, while learning about textile design in the process. Swatches may be shared among young designers, just as fabrics have been shared by families and communities for centuries for the purpose of creating quilts. Quilting has a long history as creating a sense of home, providing comfort and storytelling and has deep roots in southern culture.
    • This project is something families can do together to share their stories of what home means to them. Project bags will be ready for pick up starting Monday, March 8 at AAN’s Visual Arts Center, 24 Amelia Drive.
  • Monday, March 22
    7PM – Monday Movies Discussion with Moe – The History of Systemic Racism in America: ‘Reconstruction: America After the Civil War’

    • Richard ‘Moe” Moore and members of Nantucket Equity Advocates will host a three-part series using documentaries to guide a conversation about the history of systemic racism in America. Participants will watch the films on their own prior to the Zoom meetings.
    • This month’s film is ”Reconstruction: America After the Civil War” (Hours 3 & 4). The series’ second half looks beyond that hopeful decade, when the arc of history bent backwards. It became increasingly clear that many Southern white people were never willingly going to accept this new social order and that the federal government was not prepared to provide African Americans with consistent or enduring protection of their new rights.
    • Registration required – Click here to sign up.
  • Wednesday, March 24
    • 5PM – Book Discussion in Spanish, facilitated by Wilda Falconer
    • 5:30PM – Each House Holds a Story: Food for Thought with Mary Bergman
      • Learn about historic Nantucket houses that have been featured in works of literature.
  • Thursday, March 25
    7PM – NCMC Jazz Night

    • Nigel Goss, Jason Sullivan, Aidan Sherry, and Ecliff Graves present a jazz performance and discussion of the unique aspects of New Orleans style jazz.
  • Saturday, March 27
    10AM-12PM – An Art Project About Your Home from the NHA and NCS

    • Learn about your house and record interesting facts and features in your House History Booklet! Kids paint their favorite part of their house, draw a picture of their favorite room, the view from their room, or a pet. Booklet includes links on how to research information for your house. Younger kids can create a collage of a house using a template, tissue paper and torn paper.
    • The NHA & NCS team will be available outside the Whaling Museum, dressed as houses and distributing take home activity kits.
  • Sunday, March 28
    2:30PM-4PM – Historic Properties Scavenger Hunt

    • The Bike Club is sponsoring a free ride on Sunday to complete the NHA’s Historic Properties Scavenger Hunt. The ride will begin and end (with hot chocolate!) at Graceline Institute, 41 Main Street. Masks & Helmets required.
  • Monday, March 29
    7PM – Yummy Monday – The Gumbo Edition

    • New Orleans Native Ron Bocage demonstrates how to make Seafood & Andouille Gumbo using ingredients available on Nantucket. The first 15 people to sign up will receive a spice packet courtesy of Annye’s Whole Foods.
  • Wednesday, March 31
    6:30PM – Clemmons Vermont Family Farm

    • Dr. Lydia Clemmons leads an interactive presentation on the history of her family’s farms and how it fits into the wider history of African Americans. Her talk will cover Black property ownership, storytelling, the Great Migration, history and race.
  • Friday, April 2
    6:30PM-8PM – Memoir Writing Workshop with Jennifer Carlson
  • Saturday, April 3
    2PM – Book Discussion of The Yellow House
  • Monday, April 5
    6PM – Discussion on Gender and Race

    • Nantucket Equity Advocates and the Committee on Women’s History discuss gender and race as themes of The Yellow House.

Learn more about past One Book One Island books and programs!