EPL and CBC present...

Real People. Real Conversations.

What is a Human Library?
A Human Library gives readers an opportunity to speak one-on-one with a Living Book...a real person on loan! Learn about the lives of people who are different from you. Listen to their stories. Gain inspiration. Ask questions about their experiences, lifestyle, job, beliefs and background. This year's event is part of National Human Library Day in partnership with CBC.

What are Living Books?
Living Books are people with interesting and/or inspirational stories to tell that are often about the experiences they have faced because of their race, gender, sexual orientation, job, lifestyle or cultural background.

How do I reserve a Living Book?
Take a look below at the Living Books available in our Human Library catalogue. Find one you like and click "checkout" to reserve your Living Book. Then come down to the Stanley A. Milner Library on Saturday, January 26 to read your book! Please read our  Guidelines for Readers.

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Mona Gill – To Protect And ServeMona Gill immigrated to Canada from India in 1991 after getting married. She was physically, mentally, sexually and financially abused by her husband and his family until she left the marriage in 1997. Since that time, she went back to school and became a police officer with the Edmonton Police Service in 2002. Mona’s story is one of strength, courage and perseverance.10:00 am - 10:45 am   RESERVED
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Elizabeth Shen – The Lost First Generation Of MulticulturalismAs a child Elizabeth Shen was embarrassed to be Chinese. She was born in Canada, did not speak Chinese, and just wanted to "blend" in with the other kids. Growing up in the seventies, that wasn't possible. Multiculturalism was new then and Elizabeth struggled with multiculturalism versus the assimilation she thought she desired. As an adult she is now trying to learn about and regain the culture she was once ashamed of - especially now with her daughter, adopted from China.10:00 am - 10:45 am   RESERVED
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Omar Mouallem - Author, Rapper, Writer in Residence Omar Mouallem is a National Magazine Awards nominated writer and critically acclaimed rapper, but most people know him as the guy who wrote a book about cats before it was cool. After four years as Avenue Magazine's associate editor, he recently left to focus on freelancing. Even more recently, he became one of two centennial writers in residence at the Metro Edmonton Federation of Libraries. From his Stanley A. Milner Library office, he mentors writers and holds creative workshops, while working on stories that have appeared in enRoute, The Globe and Mail and Eighteen Bridges. Come and learn more about Omar, his life and his work. 10:00 am - 10:45 am   RESERVED
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Andrés Torres Scott - Words For The World Andrés Torres Scott came to Edmonton from Mexico City in 2010, searching for a peaceful place to write and then live. He writes fiction and non-fiction in order to understand life, people, cause and effect.10:00 am - 10:45 am   RESERVED
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Anna Marie Sewell - Edmonton's Poet Laureate Anna Marie Sewell considers herself to be “quite Canadian” – she is a Status Indian, a Mi’gmaq from Listuguj Mi’gmaq First Nation in Quebec. And though born in Mi’qmaq territory, in Fredericton, NB, her father’s family are mostly Anishnabe, and this is the part of her Aboriginal heritage with which she was most familiar growing up. On the other hand, Anishnabek are traditionally matrilineal, and Anna’s mother is the daughter of Polish immigrants. So, she is also part of the Slavic wave on the prairies, and first generation metis. Anna Marie has lived in British Columbia, Mexico and Japan and for the last year and a half has been Edmonton's Poet Laureate. 10:00 am - 10:45 am   RESERVED
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Stephen "Komrade" Goyette - Son Of The City A story of how growing up in poverty on the 118 Avenue streets has shaped one man's accomplishments in music today. Komrade is one half of the Hip Hop duo Brothers Grim who in five short years have played over 100 shows with crowds as large as 20,000, opened for the industry’s most successful acts, and have released a dozen music videos and 2 albums. He does this all while representing his community and giving back to the streets which birthed him. 10:00 am - 10:45 am   RESERVED
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Charles Rusnell - Investigative ReporterAward-winning journalist Charles Rusnell is one of Canada’s most-experienced investigative reporters. During a career spanning more than 25 years, he has produced stories about everything from crooked senators to rogue police officers to political influence peddling to bogus charities. In 2011, Charles won two Canadian Association of Journalists awards for investigative reporting. He has also recently received awards from the Radio-Television Digital News Directors Association, the Canadian Bar Association and the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association. Rusnell was born and raised in Wadena, SK. and received degrees from the universities of Saskatchewan and Regina.10:00 am - 10:45 am   RESERVED
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Jamie Courtorielle - Youth Mentor And ActivistJamie Courtorielle, a 27 year old aboriginal has lived a crazy life spending nearly 10 years within his addiction and living the “Street-life.” In the years to follow he got caught for many crimes, starting with small theft & drugs, escalating to a home invasion, then to a high-speed chase, which inevitably wound him up in jail. Sick and tired of spinning his wheels, he decided it was time to make some life altering choices. He is committed to sharing his learning on his challenging life experiences and the journey to recovery. 10:00 am - 10:45 am   RESERVED
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Haley Radke – Finding My FatherHaley was adopted as an infant and until recently thought she was an only child. Now 29, she is learning to be a big sister to three much younger siblings after happily reuniting with her biological father. She also reunited with her biological mother, but that didn't go as well. Come hear both sides of her reunion story.10:00 am - 10:45 am   RESERVED
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Miranda Jimmy – Reflecting On The Past, Changing The FutureMiranda Jimmy is a Cree woman still discovering her heritage. As a child of alcoholic parents and with a father fitting many of the common Aboriginal stereotypes, her mission is to educate and change people's perceptions of what a "real" Aboriginal person is.2:00 pm - 2:45 pm   RESERVED
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Marian Enow – Struggle To SuccessBorn and raised in Africa, Marian Enow has established a decent life here in Canada. Marian shares her experiences and struggles with language barriers and learning a new culture as well as raising her own children as an immigrant in Canada.2:00 pm - 2:45 pm   RESERVED
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Yukari Meldrum - Working In Two LanguagesYukari Meldrum is a Certified Translator for translating from Japanese into English. Find out what it is like to work in two languages and learn more about Yukari's own work as a writer and poet. 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm   RESERVED
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Mark Connolly - Journalist"Mark Connolly is the host of CBC News Edmonton. Mark attended the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology’s Radio and Television Arts program. His first full-time job was in radio in Fort McMurray Alberta, where he was the play-by-play voice of the Fort McMurray Oil Barons in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. In his decades with CBC, Mark has covered seven Olympic Games including the Beijing Olympics, numerous world championships, and the 2002 Commonwealth Games.2:00 pm - 2:45 pm   RESERVED
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Rick Harp - Journalist"Rick Harp is the host of Edmonton AM, CBC Edmonton’s local weekday morning show. With nearly two decades of broadcasting, communications, and production experience, Rick’s journalism career got its start at CBC Toronto in 1993 as an As It Happens chase producer. Since then, he’s worked as the radio host/producer of Urban Nation LIVE, editor-in-chief of mediaindigena.com, and as a host, producer and director with the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. A one-time artistic director of the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival, Rick is also a published author and an avid social media user."2:00 pm - 2:45 pm   RESERVED
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Mack D. Male - Local Blogger Mack D. Male is a software developer, entrepreneur, and social media guy. He's been named one of Edmonton's 40 Under 40 by Avenue Magazine and regularly posts about Edmonton and his life on his blog, Twitter and more. What's it like to have so much of your life online? Talk to Mack and find out. 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm   RESERVED
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Clare Clark – Aboriginal Community PioneerClaire Clark a Canadian Aboriginal who came of age during a difficult time for indigenous people – the 1940s and ’50s. Claire endured a childhood filled with challenges that started when she contracted tuberculosis at the age of 6. Sent away to a sanatorium for three years, she left her family on The Bigstone Cree Nation reserve in northern Alberta. Her childhood challenges served to strengthen her for the future. She worked 25 years for Alberta Government Telephones, started her own Toastmasters Club and formed The Aboriginal Women's Professional Association (AWPA) – a nonprofit mentoring organization with a mission “to see all urban Aboriginal women trained, employed and self-sustaining. In many ways, Claire is a pioneer in the Aboriginal community.2:00 pm - 2:45 pm   RESERVED
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