From Jan. 24 - 26, 2013 the Winnipeg Public Library became a hub of activity and exchange. Over 250 conversations took place over the three days with nearly 329 people taking part and nearly 30 human books offering their time.
Ideas were shaped and barriers were broken - all with the goal of having open conversations with people you wouldn't otherwise get to meet.
Want to meet a few of the books? Click on the audio links below to get a sample from this past year.
Listen to interviews with this year's human 'books':
Complementing events that took place around the country, cbc.ca/humanlibrary features an interactive map, along with sample feature "books".
Hear Ro's Story
Ro Walker Mills finally feels like himself. At 22 years old, Ro came out as transgendered and began transitioning from female to male. In October 2012 after more than a year on testosterone injections, he had surgery that removed his breasts. CBC Radio in Winnipeg folloed Ro's transition for more than a year and he kept a video diary. Start his story.
What is a Human Library?
In a Human Library, people become the books and are 'borrowed' for conversation. Books and readers meet for a 'loan period' of up to 30 minutes in the library, where the environment is safe and welcoming. Readers and Books have the opportunity to listen, ask questions, and share experiences.