The book that connected a community

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This book is stunning. I’m seeing it in doctors offices and waiting rooms. I love seeing this little piece of Nelson charm sprinkled around.
— Arami Yanke
It’s a wonderful book, I think every Nelson Human should have one, not to mention their friends!
— Marilyn Kolbuc
For those who don’t own a copy of this book, you should buy a copy because it is an amazing book.
— Al Abbott
Such a good book. I couldn’t stop reading it and then I was done and wanted more.
— Lynn Allen

Based on the project with more than eight thousand loyal fans, a beautiful, touching, funny, and inspiring collection of photographs and stories celebrating our individuality and capturing the spirit of Nelson, British Columbia.

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The Book

  • 232 pages, gorgeous hardcover coffee-table book
  • Over 100 individual portraits and stories of folks found on the streets of Nelson BC
  • Designed by local talent Steven Cretney
  • Printed in Canada

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After giving a little look, I realize I must go and get more copies. Perfect for a gift for anyone who lives, lived or wants to live in Nelson.
— Wendy Dallas Martin
LOVE this book! I know some folks who will be getting HoN Xmas gifts
— Kristene Perron

"It's the Christmas stocking stuffer of the year!" - Otter Books


What in the world is the Humans of Nelson?

A: Inspired by the Humans of New York, since the fall of 2013 I've been walking the streets of Nelson BC asking strangers if I can take their photo. We then talk and I write down anything that they tell me that may be interesting to share with the Humans of Nelson community - which is mostly on the HoN Facebook page. The book is a collection of the best portraits and stories from the project.

I'm confused about the shipping. How does it work?

A1: Do you live in Nelson BC? Use the coupon code "freeshippinginnelson" at checkout and I'll just hand deliver the book to you for free.

A2: Do you live in Canada (besides Nelson)?  Enter your address at checkout and shipping will be applied at $15 per book.

A3: Do you live anywhere else in the world (besides Canada)? Enter your address at checkout and shipping will be applied at $25 per book.

Why is shipping so expensive?

A: The love that's in this book weighs a tonne. And it's also a solid, heavy paper, hard-cover book. I walk these bad-boys down to the post-office and package them myself every time someone makes an order. True story. See? These books are heavy with love. 

Buying stuff online scares me, are there other options?

Yes! The book is also sold in Nelson at Otter Books on Baker Street. But you'll only receive the special deals you see on this website if you order the book online.

Who is the publisher?

I self-published the book (thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter). The book was printed and bound in Canada by Friesens Printers, an FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified printer. Printed on recycled, FSC certified paper with vegetable/soya based inks.


Thank You!

For making it to the bottom of this page.

And for all your support on this crazy artistic journey of mine. I couldn't do it without you. :)

I'm one lucky Human (of Nelson).



Ryan Oakley

P.S. In the book I go into great detail the many folks that helped me turn this book idea into a reality. But special thanks (again) to my book consultant, Anne DeGrace. There's no way I'd have dozens of boxes of books in my living room right now without her guidance and support.