2017 Lineup

Stop the Violence (Denmark)

Human Library

January 23–February 7, 2016

Main Stage
Photo: Liesbeth Bernaerts
Human Library, Stop the Violence/Zee Zee Theatre, 2016 PuSh Festival

Fast becoming an annual tradition, Human Library continues to lure Vancouverites with its simple, novel and compelling premise: borrow a book, discover a life.

Ignited by a brutal hate crime perpetrated against a friend, Human Library was the act of healing for four people that spawned a global movement. It’s their commitment to end violence—one person at a time—by narrowing the ideological gaps that divide us. In Human Library we’re invited to borrow a “human book” from a curated collection of 30 topics that range from “Drag King” to “In Recovery” and “Eight-Year-Old Inventor.” It’s a 20-minute one-on-one conversation with a human book that will take you on a personal adventure and open your eyes to the world.

What makes this project so powerful—radical, even—is that we’re asked to face our differences straight on, literally. Here, there’s no turning a blind eye, no resting in apathy. In these fractured global times, Human Library shifts the seat of power to the individual; we’re being summoned to the conversation.

Human Library began in 2000 in Copenhagen by a collective called Stop the Violence, and since then, the hugely popular “open source” project has popped up in over 70 countries. The Vancouver edition of Human Library is produced by Zee Zee Theatre and curated by its associate producer Dave Deveau.

Human Libraries should exist everywhere.

Human Library
Photo: Liesbeth Bernaerts

2016 Human Library Book Titles

The Upside of Depression
F.O.A.(Fresh off the Airplane)
The Butterfly Boy
Coping with Dementia
Life in a Pinball Machine
Africa & Me
Single Mom of 3 Boys
I Abducted Her
The Eight Year Old Machine
Bi Kinky Poly Scientist WorkingAbroad
Non Monogamous
Pill-popping, Prostitute, Psychotic…Politician
Battered Woman
Man of Faith
In Polygamy’s Shadow
Wrench Wench
Tragedy + Time Served = Comedy
Non Combat Complex PTSD
High School Dropout
Letting go of Letting go
Bouncing Babies, Bouncing Lovers
Same Sex Marriage Warrior
Single White Femme
Creative Alchemy
Coke Whore
Gay Teen at the Height of AIDS
Surrogacy Take 1



350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver


January 23, 24, 30, 31, February 6, 7
20 minutes (no intermission)



Human Books are available on a first-come, first-served basis during event hours.


Stop the Violence: Creators: Ronni Abergel, Dany Abergel, Christoffer Erichsen, Asma Mouna | Zee Zee Theatre: Managing Artistic Director: Cameron Mackenzie | Associate Producer & Playwright-In-Residence: Dave Deveau

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