Folio Seeks Humans to Become Books

Folio is seeking Northwest residents willing to become Books in the Human Library, a global movement that challenges stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. They will present a free two day in-person experience taking place from 12-6pm on Oct 7 and 8, 2022, presented in partnership with the Scan Design Foundation.

The Human Library aims to challenge preconceptions by creating safe spaces for conversation, where topics are discussed openly between human Books and their Readers. First started in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2000, the Human Library has since expanded to over 80 countries.

In the Human Library, Books are individuals on loan to have personal conversations with a Reader. Books are described as people who defy stereotypes, they come from a variety of different backgrounds, lead different lives, and engage in conversation to challenge a Reader’s assumptions based on their personal experiences.

Folio invites community members who have been stereotyped or been discriminated against based on ethnicity, occupation, religious beliefs, cultural background, social status, health, disability, appearance, or lifestyle, who are motivated to challenge stigma and are willing to join in short 20 minute conversations, to become published as one of the open Books. Applications are due by August 12, 2022. Books must be available all day on either October 7 or 8.

Everyone is invited to take part in this cultural experience at Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum, located in downtown Seattle at 93 Pike St. #307. Whether individuals wish to get published as a Book, volunteer at the event, become a supporting sponsor, or attend as a Reader, check the links below to apply.

Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum is a nonprofit library located in the Pike Place Market. Folio offers a circulating book collection, provides workspaces for writers, and presents numerous public programs, author readings, civic discussions, and musical evenings.  More information about their programs can be found at

The Human Library
Oct 7 and 8, 12:00pm to 6:00pm

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