TUESDAY 10/15. 6:30 p.m. CALS Ron Robinson Theater. Free.
If you’ve talked to a book lover this fall, it’s entirely possible you’ve already heard the name Sarah M. Broom. Her debut memoir, “The Yellow House,” came out Aug. 13, and in its young life on the shelves of bookstores it’s already begun to cement a position as a quintessential New Orleans memoir, not least because of its willingness to confront inequality within the beloved city, a malady that was systemic to the city long before Hurricane Katrina came along and provided a tidy category in which to place the blame. From within the four bygone walls of Broom’s childhood home — a shotgun shack her mother purchased with insurance money as a 19-year-old widow — Broom’s novel looks unblinkingly at institutionalized racism in New Orleans East and well beyond. She debuts a new series at the Oxford American literary magazine called “South Words,” and the conversation at CALS Ron Robinson will be moderated by KaToya Ellis Fleming, the Oxford American’s 2019-20 Jeff Baskin Fellow. See oxfordamerican.org/events for more about “South Words.”