September 5 2019

New Orleans La – Best-selling author Sarah M. Broom will speak at Xavier University of Louisiana Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 6:00 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom (3rd floor).

The event, a continuation of the University’s Provost Speaker Series, is free and open to the public. A book-signing and reception will follow the event, which will be moderated by Xavier professor Dr. Shearon Roberts. RSVP is requested to

Broom’s work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Oxford American and O, The Oprah Magazine, among others. A native New Orleanian now living in Woodstock NY, she received her M.A. degree in Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004, and was lead writer for Mayor Ray Nagin of New Orleans. She has been awarded fellowships at Djerassi Resident Artists Program and The MacDowell Colony.  

Her first book, The Yellow House, made the New York Times bestseller list.

The Yellow House is part portrait of a place – New Orleans – and part autobiography of a woman who belongs to it, the youngest in a family of twelve. It is the story of a house in New Orleans East that was demolished by the city in the wake of Hurricane Katrina without a single family member there to witness it, and of an ignored suburb on the margins of the city’s center where tourists sleep the night. 

The Provost Speaker Series is organized by the Office of Academic Affairs and made possible through a generous gift from Dr. Jack and Deb Forrest. Email [email protected] or call 520-5747 for more info.