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The Librarian Is In Podcast, Biblio File

Living in the Library: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 80


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Actor Sharon Washington joins us to talk about her one-woman play "Feeding the Dragon," based on her experience growing up inside a New York Public Library branch in the 1970s. She tells us about her childhood in the library after hours, and what it's like to share her story on stage. Plus: horror movie recs and getting judgy on Law and Order.

Actor Sharon Washington at the St. Agnes Library (photo: James Leynse).


Guest Star: Sharon Washington

You may have seen Sharon Washington on TV shows and in films, or heard her voice narrating your favorite PBS documentary. Lately she's been busy writing and starring in her autobiographical solo piece, "Feeding the Dragon," Sharon's true story of growing up in an apartment on the top floor of the St. Agnes Branch of the New York Public Library. In the 1970s, her father served as the building’s custodian responsible for keeping the space warm by "feeding" the fiery furnace with coal.

If you're in New York, you can catch the performance at Primary Stages at the Cherry Lane Theatre, from March 21-April 27, 2018. And everyone can watch the trailer:


Sharon's book recommendations:

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

On Writing by Stephen King

Maud Martha by Gwendolyn Brooks

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Pauli Murray: The Autobiography of a Black Activist, Feminist, Lawyer, Priest, and Poet


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PLA and Feeding the Dragon

I'm a big fan of the show and I've been singing your praises to my staff - and recently, in a column for our local newspaper - ; hopefully I'll snag you some more fans. I was super-psyched to hear you were both coming to PLA in a few weeks and with any luck, I'll be able to meet you. Loved hearing about Sharon Washington's one-woman show. I'm doubtful I'll be able to swing a trip down to NYC for it but given the topic, I wondered if PLA had contacted her to possibly take part in the conference in some capacity...might you ask her? Thank you for all that you do, Frank & Gwen!


Wish I lived in NY, Sharon Washington was so fun. She lived my fantasy, as well.

Loved it

This was such a wonderful episode! I would love to see Feeding the Dragon. I'm so glad yall brought up the audiobook topic...early on while listening I thought, "Wow, this woman would be amazing at narrating an audiobook!" haha. Thanks for a great episode, as always. (Also, I wondered if you would be touching on the topic of authors who have recently been under fire for sexual misconduct, like Sherman Alexie and Jay Asher. You both always handle these discussions so well)

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