Vancouver: Remember Human Library is coming up again at VPL main branch on the weekend as part of PuSh Fest, 12-4, 3rd floor. The first slots starting at noon are vied over, so probably best to come a little later, at 1 or 2 hoping for a free later slot with one of the Human Books. I think there are 30 of us, with a wide-range of topics. Come check us out!
“The Human Library initiative is an international phenomenon, started in Copenhagen as a project to fight hate in communities. It is designed to promote dialogue, reduce prejudices and encourage understanding. By connecting people who under normal circumstances might not have had a chance to just sit down and talk, the library enables groups to break stereotypes by challenging common prejudices in a positive and humorous manner.
A paper book exists in the finite space of printed text and internalized reading. A human book, however, exists in the real four-dimensional scope of human experience. The reader can’t skip bits or neglect their book, a human book requires fixed attention and, through that intimate engagement with another’s story, invites empathy through real human engagement.”