Living Library poster

Library with Human Books speaks to diversity, equity issues

Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 11:59am

Ever judge a book by its cover? Now, come meet the person behind the story. U of T Mississauga’s Living Library Project, which will feature one-on-one discussions with an Olympic medalist, indigenous elder, married gay Catholic priest and TV actor/producer of Body Break, will be held Wednesday, Feb. 6, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Instructional Centre café, U of T Mississauga, 3359 Mississauga Rd. N.

The project, designed to create dialogue, promote understanding and reduce prejudice, will feature a collection of “human books,” that vary in gender, cultural and religious backgrounds, and age. The “books” will be on loan to “readers” for up to 25 minutes, providing an opportunity for people to question and explore issues of race, class, gender, religion, and sexuality.

“Books” on reserve include:

  • Claire Carver-Dias, an Olympic medalist in synchronized swimming and now an executive coach and novelist
  • Cat (Mark) Criger, a traditional indigenous elder and teacher who helps guide people to “walk in a good way” through life
  • Roger LaRade, a married, gay priest in an independent Catholic Church who helps to integrate sexuality with spirituality
  • Hal Johnson, co-creator and producer of TV show Body Break who helps people get fit regardless of age, gender, race and mental/physical challenges.

The aim of the project, offered in collaboration with Hart House, is to promote tolerance and deepen the understanding of social justice, equity and diversity. See the complete listing of Human Books and reserve a time to borrow one. 


Jane Stirling
Marketing and Communications
University of Toronto Mississauga

Kate Kinsella
Department of Student Life
University of Toronto Mississauga