Life’s an Open Book at the Human Library in Vancouver

Image courtesy of Liesbeth Bernaerts |

Image courtesy of Liesbeth Bernaerts |

The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is always one to break boundaries and open your eyes to exciting new elements of art and performance. This is especially true with the return of the Human Library to the Vancouver Public Library from January 23 until February 8, 2015.

Back by overwhelming demand to the PuSh Festival for a third year, Human Library continues to lure Vancouverites with its simple, novel and compelling premise: borrow a book, discover a life.

The Human Library is a curated collection of “human books” (like an audio book, but in the flesh!) that cover an eclectic range of subjects from “Hitchhiker” to “Autistic Actor” and “Invisible Minority.” Pick from one of 30 human books at the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch, start a one-on-one conversation, and the rest will be a personal adventure that will open your eyes to the world.

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Past years have included ‘titles’ like Recovering Hoarder, Cultural Pirate, Ex Con, Drag Queen and Male Nanny. In 2015, there will be 30 human books available at the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch covering a range of topics from “Hitchhiker” to “Autistic Actor” and “Invisible Minority”.

The Human Library experience first began as a popular participatory project in 2000 in Copenhagen, Denmark by a collective called Stop the Violence, and since then, Human Library has popped up from England to Australia, Japan to Kazakhstan, Singapore to Brazil.

This eye-opening and unique experience will be coming to Vancouver on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12-4pm from January 23 until February 8, 2015 at the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch in Downtown Vancouver (350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver).

It’s a great opportunity to meet and talk to people who you would probably not get to chat with in normal circumstances. Seek out the PuSh festival circulation desk at the VPL on Georgia Street and enjoy a 20 minute one-on-one conversation with anyone that sparks your curiosity.

Have you borrowed a book from the Human Library? How was the experience? Let us know in the comment section below.

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