Top Shelf is not your typical book club. Enjoy the book on your own, then join local celebrities to talk about it.
Andrew Battershill, RPL Writer in Residence, will lead the discussion. Chief Evan Bray of Regina Police Service and Jim Demeray, President of Understand Us are our celebrity panelists.
Use your library card to check out a copy of the book or bring your own. The event is held after-hours at the branch. Please use the Flex Room door to enter.
About the Panelists
Andrew Battershill, 2017/2018 RPL Writer in Residence
Andrew Battershill is a novelist and editor. His first book, Pillow, was longlisted for the Giller Prize and shortlisted for the Kobo Emerging Writer Award. His second novel, Marry, Bang, Kill, is scheduled for release in 2018. He was the co-founder of the literary humour quarterly Dragnet Magazine, and is the Fiction Editor of This Magazine. Originally from Dawson Creek, British Columbia, he is married to the poet and essayist Suzannah Showler.
Chief Evan Bray, Regina Police Service
Evan Bray has 21 years’ experience with the Regina Police Service, having worked predominantly as a front line uniformed police officer in Regina’s Central and North Districts. Evan was a Drill Instructor at the Saskatchewan Police College for many years as well as a team member and Leader on both the Crowd Control and the Crisis Negotiator Teams. Evan was involved for many years with the Regina Police Association, the Saskatchewan Federation of Police Officers and sat on the Canadian Police Association Board of Directors. Evan has been involved in numerous charities through the years including Cops for Cancer and recently worked with the Regina Sexual Assault Centre to eradicate sexual violence and abuse in Saskatchewan.
Jim Demeray, President - Understand Us
Jim is the co-founder of UnderstandUs, a volunteer initiative that combats the stigma of mental health. Through his struggle with generalized anxiety, Jim knows firsthand the challenges faced by those with mental health barriers, and saw a lack of understanding of their experience. Jim wanted to work to change this reality by promoting understanding. UnderstandUs believes in creating awareness, providing youth education, and removing stigma to improve the understanding of mental health in Saskatchewan. They believe that those experiencing mental health barriers can not only survive, but thrive with appropriate tools, education, and leadership.