Human library books

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The Human Library movement has been growing in popularity around the world in the past decade, giving people a chance to interact and share experiences from living "books."

CBC has partnered up with local libraries and cultural centres across Canada to mark National Human Library Day on Jan. 26. You can check out this interactive map here to learn more about some of the volunteer human books taking part. CBCNews.ca will host a live event online and people can keep the conversation going on Twitter using #CBCHumanLibrary.

Many individuals offering to share their stories have been stopping into local CBC radio shows. We've highlighted some of these human books below. We'll keep updating this page as we head towards National Human Library Day.

From Ottawa Morning:

Const. Jeffrey Eva-Gonzalez talks about how his family arrived in Canada as political refugees from Nicaragua and the moment when he was 13 that turned his life upside down.

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Albert Dumont describes wandering into the spirit world in search for answers, he recalls a dramatic moment in courtroom that helped him turn his life around, and finally, how he now counsels Aboriginal offenders at Millhaven Institution.

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From Sudbury's Morning North:

John Beaucage is one of the 10 people who volunteered to be a "human book" in the CBC's Human Library Project. John has been a chief at several levels of First Nations government.

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Rob Lepage is an emergency room doctor with 22 years experience.

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From Manitoba's information Radio:

Ismaila Alfa interviews Serge Kaptegaine -- a refugee story in Canada.

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From Ontario Today:


Former UFC fighter Nick Denis talks about the thrill and pain of life in an MMA cage.

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From Montreal's All In A Day:

Kauthar Mohamed describes some of the stereotypes she faces, as well as how she learned to speak with Allah.

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Ken describes how as a child he learned to use gambling to escape reality, how his gambling progressed as an adult, and how an unlikely knock at the door helped him turn his life around.

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