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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.” ( 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!

Listen to a special episode of Time & Tide, Nantucket’s maritime history podcast from Egan Maritime. Podcast host, Evan Schwanfelder, interviews Nantucket’s Ritch Leone about the work he has done for FEMA, his experiences on the front lines of major relief efforts like Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Harvey, and how natural disasters can change individuals and communities forever. Listen here!

Monday, March 8th
AAN Craft – Painted Story Quilt, A visual story on fabric, based on the art of Faith Ringgold

Pick up Mon – Thurs, 9AM-4PM, starting March 8th, at AAN’s Visual Arts Center, 24 Amelia Drive, while supplies last

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
5:30PM – The Nantucket Historical Association presents, Each House Holds a Story: Food for Thought with Mary Bergman

Learn about historic Nantucket houses that have been featured in works of literature. Click here to join this event.

5PM – One Book One Island: Discusión del Libro/Book Discussion

Comunidad de habla Hispana de Nantucket, únase a nosotros este próximo Miércoles 24th de Marzo a las 5:00 pm, para una discusión virtual sobre la selección de este año de el Libro One Book One Island: The Yellow House de Sarah Broom. Wilda Falconer de Housing Nantucket dirigirá la conversación, que cubrirá los temas del libro sobre propiedad de vivienda, cambio climático, racismo sistémico y sensación de pertenencia.

Todos son bienvenidos. Para registrarse, envíe un correo electrónico a Janet

Nantucket Spanish Speaking Community, join us next Wednesday, March 24th at 5:00 pm, for a virtual discussion on the selection of this year’s One Book One Island: The Yellow House by Sarah Broom. Wilda Falconer from Housing Nantucket will lead the conversation, covering the book’s topics on homeownership, climate change, systemic racism, and a sense of belonging.

All are welcome to attend. To sign up, email Janet at

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. Click here to watch.

Friday March 26 – Friday April 2
Artists Association of Nantucket presents “Home,” a collaborative exhibition.

Cecilia Joyce & Seward Johnson Gallery, 19 Washington Street. Open Weekdays 11-4PM, Saturday 11-2PM, Closed Sunday

This year’s book, The Yellow House, lends itself to themes of family, home, architecture, still life interiors, the color yellow, and stormy weather (the New Orleans house in the books was damaged by Hurricane Katrina),” says AAN’s Robert Frazier. “This installation is sure to feature beautiful art, photography, textiles, and perhaps some ceramics.”

Continuing the theme, AAN intern Brady Pattee is partnering with some AAN preschool students to bring to life a large watercolor yellow house that will hang in the Washington Street gallery window. The work will represent the feeling of a family house that kids grow up in.

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

*CANCELED due to weather prediction.*

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. Click here to join this event.

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. Click here to join this event.

Friday, April 2
6:30PM-8PM – Write Your Story: Biography/Memoir Writing Workshop

Have you ever asked yourself, “What’s the difference between a biography and memoir?” or, “How do I develop a title for my piece of work?” or “How do I start writing?” These questions and more are answered in this biography/memoir writing workshop! Explore how to begin writing or expanding your writing work while participating in activities and learning some preliminary tips about the publishing process. Share your work if you wish or just observe based on your comfort level. Click here to join this event.

The purchase of Write Your Story: A Self-Start, Write Your Own Biography (ISBN #: 1543954774) is recommended for purchase online prior to the workshop. When purchasing please use this link as this supports the local author.

Saturday, April 3
2PM – Book Discussion of The Yellow House – Click here to join this event.

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. Click here to join this event.

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