Books come alive at Nashua library Sunday

NASHUA – The lives of 15 community members will be open books at the Nashua Public Library Sunday afternoon for the inaugural Human Book Festival.

Borrowing from the Human Library, a concept first introduced in Denmark in 2000, the Human Book Festival invites people with stories to tell “about interesting jobs or travels; causes they have championed; experiences of prejudice due to their religion, disability or other identity; and more” to share with the community, Carol Luers Eyman, outreach coordinator said.

“We liked the way it lets people meet people they may not meet otherwise,” she said. “We formed a small committee and brainstormed people we knew of with interesting stories.”

Visitors can “check out” the human books for 15-minute, one-on-one conversations.

Some of the “books” include a Nashua police officer, a Telegraph reporter, a hydroponic lettuce farmer and a cosplay artist.

“Some will tell of activism – taking on the fracking industry; serving medical missions to earthquake-ravaged Nepal,” Eyman wrote in a press release. “Some will tell of flight – escaping as a Rohingya Muslim; immigrating and becoming a U.S. citizen.”

The conversations will begin at 2 p.m., but visitors can come as early as 1 p.m. to “reserve” up to two books and time slots, with the potential for others depending on availability. At 4 p.m., there will be refreshments in the theater and a discussion about what people learned.

A list of the “books” with short descriptions is available at www.nashualibrary.org/hbf.

Hannah LaClaire can be reached at 594-1243 or hlaclaire@nashuatelegraph.com.