On Saturday, January 26, Montrealers are invited to engage with human "books" from various backgrounds and occupations and get the chance to have frank and open conversations with people they might not otherwise meet.
13 people from the Montreal area have volunteered to be a "book" and share their stories with members of the public. Below is the list of the diverse individuals who have volunteered their time as Human "Books".
To sign-up for a conversation with one of them, please send an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) indicating the time you'd like to reserve your book for. The 20 minutes conversations will be held at the Atwater Library in Montreal between 11 am - 4pm.
Human Books - For complete Bios/descriptions click HERE :
Father John Walsh: Catholic priest, former radio host, and interfaith blogger
Rabbi Lisa Grushcow: Openly gay, married parent of two children
Rabbi Andrea Myers: Rabbi Grushcow's partner
Frank Verpaelst: Musician, computer support technician, inspirational blogger and a dwarf
David Testo: Former Impact player and gay advocate
Lela Savic: Romani, activist for her community,student
Kim Thúy: Lawyer and author of Ru, 2012 Giller Prize nominee
Jason Edward Lewis: First Nations game designer and Concordia University professor
Andrew Pleveots: Former bully, who works with LOVE -reaching out to youth at risk
Roksana Bahramitash: Iranian immigrant, feminist and academic
Andrew Chang: CBC News Montreal co-anchor
Marlene Jennings: Executive Director of the YM-YWHA, former MP
Gabrielle Bouchard: Trans and an advocate for trans people at Concordia University
Georges Laraque: Former NHL enforcer and sports commentator
On January 26th, CBCNews.ca will host a live event online. Help keep the conversations going on Twitter by using the hashtag #CBCHumanLibrary. Also check out our interactive map online at cbc.ca/humanlibrary and sample "books" from across the country!
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