01/16/2013 09:33 EST | Updated 03/18/2013 05:12 EDT

Ex-gangster talks as part of the Human Library Project

Jim Mandelin was a member of a biker gang and has spent time in prison. But his violent lifestyle led to a near-death experience and now, Mandelin has turned his life around and wants to share his story.

CBC Vancouver has partnered with the Surrey Public Library on the Human Library Project. In this instance, Jim Mandelin was our human book.

You can "borrow" Jim at the Surrey Public Library on January 26th from 11 a.m PT to 3 p.m.

Replay the chat with Jim below. He was an open book.