radio book lounge

Episode 32 - The human library project

| May 26, 2011


Artist: Noreen Mae Ritsema
Title: The Human Library Project
Length: 0:04:01 minutes (2.31 MB)
Format: 44.1kHz, 80Kbps

Show Notes:

Imagine a library where people are the books. Where reading a book takes the form of a dynamic conversation about an aspect of the author's lived experience.

The Human Library Project took place over a span of four days in March at the Winnipeg Public Library. There readers had the opportunity to borrow a human book for up to a half hour of conversation in the library about the book's specific topic.

Noreen Mae Ritsema had the chance to check out a human library in Winnipeg where she interviewed one of the books. Read the article about her experience on the Bound But Not Gagged blog.

Noreen Mae Ritsema is a Winnipeg-based writer and editor, and the books and blogging intern at


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