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If you’d like to make inquiries regarding Kathy’s availability for speaking, writing workshops, lectures or book events, please contact Jennifer here.

Kathy has given numerous presentations and talks at universities, libraries and book clubs about her books, With a Closed Fist and Punching and Kicking. She has also been keynote speaker at many events speaking about living in poverty and discussing poverty issues in Canada, and she has also held many writing workshops. Check out some of her previous events here.

31 Replies to “Contact”

  1. Hello Kathy,

    I am a current co worker of “Hannah” and she gave me the book to read. I thoughroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish and it is so hard to believe that you all grew up in this type of environment. Thank you so much for sharing your life story with us and I look so forward to reading more from you!
    P.S. My absolute favorite part was about the questioning of toilet cleaning!!!

    1. Dear Jessica,

      Thank you so much for dropping by my website! It’s always wonderful to hear from readers, and especially those who have such supportive comments to make as you have. I grinned at your comment about your favourite part being the questioning of toilet cleaning, thank you for sharing that :)


  2. Hi Kathy,
    Just wanted to thank you for such a wonderful read. Despite the obvious hard subject matter you managed to make me laugh at times, I look forward to your next book :)

  3. Thanks Kathy, I really enjoyed reading your book and the way you are able to capture your childhood memories as experienced when you were young. My mother died last month at the age of 98. She was one of the researchers connected to McGill; and I have been going over many of her life experiences. She left the research and continued to maintain a relationship with several of the families she met in the Pointe. My mother spoke very admiringly of the mothers who formed the anti-poverty groups fighting to improve life in he Pointe. On her 80th birthday several of the friends she had made 25 years before, came to celebrate at Westmount Park with her. I’m now in my 60’s, but as a teenager, I went with her to deliver gift boxes and helped her draw maps of the Pointe. I attended St. Leo’s and was very familiar with Weredale and the Westmount High. I didn’t realize it at the time, but some of what I learnt back then helped me understand families and poverty better, as I went on to become a child care worker and a social worker. I’m sorry that the efforts made in the 60’s to encourage community activism have lost a lot of their support.
    Thanks, you’ve written a great book – I would certainly recommend it to anyone who works with children who have to fight for their place in our world.

  4. 5.0 out of 5 stars This book is good, I mean seriously good., 16 May 2012
    Julie-Dawn Parry “Jules the writer” (manchester UK) – See all my reviews
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    This review is from: With a Closed Fist: Growing Up in Canada’s Toughest Neighbourhood (Paperback)
    This book is good, I mean seriously good.

    The voice of young Kathys is unique and for me,(and I suspect for most people) so is her story. It’s a moving and thought provoking account detailing her earliest childhood memories. This book will make you weep for a little girl who had to survive the hand she was dealt in Point St Charles…But be ready to laugh out loud at some of her thoughts (especially when she meets Mr Levy), her interpretations (Is he asking me if I fuck my relations?) and (more often) her deeds.
    Yes, it’s a story of poverty but more than anything its a story of family loyalty and a deep bond with her sisters. A tough but surprisingly innocent kid in an even tougher environment…Kathy isn’t looking for pity and that becomes obvious immediately. However she paints a vivid picture of the slum conditions she grew up in, of going to bed hungry night after night, of having very few possessions (you can only carry so many bin bags when you move house in the middle of the night)of a largely absent but much loved father, as well as a lack of basic underwear.
    Its a well written book, Kathy Dobson doesn’t over dramatise the events taking place in her childhood but every chapter grips the reader and you really do want to see ‘what happens next’ so don’t start this book too late in the evening, you won’t sleep until you know.
    Young Kathys’ voice will stay with me for quite some time…I suspect my fear of sitting on the loo will too.

  5. I found out about your book through the Camp Amy Molson website. I only worked there for one summer, but having grown up in the suburbs all of my life, it was quite the eye opener finding out about life in the Pointe from kids and staff members. We have never met, but I often heard staff telling stories about you.
    I just finished your book and I think it should be on a booklist for anyone taking any type of child related courses in College/University. I love the way it was written from a child’s perspective as opposed to an adult looking back on it.
    All the best in your future endeavours.

    1. Dear Andrea,

      I can’t tell you how much I appreciated you taking the time to share this feedback about the book with me! If you worked at Camp AMy Molson for even just one summer, then you already know of course what a special place it is. For me as a kid growing up in the Point, it provided me with a safe haven every summer. It was the most magical place in the world for me and my sisters and provided us with many of our best life memories. Even today, many of us still marvel at some of the most important things we ever learned about the world at large, we learned at Camp Amy Molson. I’m glad you had a chance to play a role in creating that special kind of magic in some other children’s lives.

      Thanks again for taking the time to get in touch. I appreciate it more than you know,


  6. Hello Kathy,
    My mum lent me your book (she attended your book signing with my brother David, who is an old friend of your husband, Steve.)
    I just finished reading it and I have to say that my ignorance toward poverty in Montreal has now been revealed. However, I see time and again that although some of us experience hardships in life, there is always the chance that we can come through it all – as you have showed us. The book has all the earmarks of great writing – looking forward to reading whatever you choose to put out there. Take care of you and your family!
    Happy 2012
    Julia Anne Dallaire

    1. Hello Julia,

      Great to hear from you! I’m so glad that you’ve read my book and enjoyed it :) Thanks for taking the time to post some feedback. Please give your mum a hug for me.

      Happy 2012 to you and your family!


      1. I will definitely pass the hug on!
        She is struggling to read your book – because of her eyesight, but seems to be enjoying it. I know she wanted to write to you and probably will eventually. She still talks about when she met you all.
        Have a great year!
        julia xo

  7. I happened to be reading the Montreal paper and saw the story about the book. I spent some time when i was in my teens in Point Saint Charles. I am looking forward to reading the book . Thanks Harry

  8. Hi Kathy,
    As I read your book, I was overwhelmed with memories. I actually had to put it aside every now and then just to catch my breath. I know you always had my back and you still do! I am so proud of you. Mom and Dad would be the first to say it was rough times, and they would also be the first to stand beside you with great pride in your accomplishment. We were so lucky to have each other in those days, I can’t for one minute imagine how hard it would have been if I didn’t have my sisters. I love you.
    Nora aka Ruth aka Fangs!

  9. Hello Kathy,
    I just found out about this book and am going to purchased it asap . looking so forward to reading it I grew up in the point on coleraine street from te age of newborn to 10yrs old and moved to rushbrooke until 14yrs and then verdun.
    will post about the book when I finish it :O)))

    1. Hello Diane,

      I spent some time living on Coleraine (among other streets) too! I wonder if we ever crossed paths?

      Please do come back and post about th ebook once you finish it!


  10. My son, (now 41) just emailed me about your book. Although you are younger than I, anyone who disputes you, has not lived in your shoes. You have accomplished quite a bit! It’s true what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. It made me stronger and I consider myself a survivor of the Pointe. I have always been proud to have come from the Pointe and still am. Congratulations Cathy.

  11. Kathy,
    I want you to know how much I thoroughly enjoyed your book.
    I laughed, I cried, I related in some spots, and it made me realize just how far not only you and your sisters have come, but how far I have come as well.

    I was left hanging on the last page of the book, waiting with bated breath, and now you HAVE to get a sequel out so I can see what happens next!

    Thank you for sharing,

    1. Hello Rhona,

      I really appreciate the feedback. I’m so happy that you related to some parts of the book and that it made you realize just how far you’ve come :)

      Thank you so much for sharing your reaction to the book with me.


  12. Hi Kathy ! There will always be bad comments from someone, but go on with your great and beautiful accomplishment of your book my dear Kathy Dobson ! And i will try to make it for the launching on november 4 at St Columba House ! We’re all proud to come from the Point and what our people accomplished rich or poor !

    A good “frog” from the Point ! Coleraine street in front of Lorne (good place to live for a young french kid &^^$%^ Oh Boy ! ) Ha ha !!!

    1. Hello again, my favourite ‘good’ frog from the Point, hah!

      Thanks so much for coming to the launch. I loved being able to meet you in person. I was thrilled to also meet your mother. What an incredible lady. Her story is amazing. She really does need to write her own book one day :)

      Now you have to let me know what you thought of the book!

      Take care my friend,



  13. Hi Kathy: I happened onto the Point Site, and saw the hoopla that your book is causing! I followed and read the article in the Gazette. I have to tell you that I do agree with your findings…although I did eat better than you…! I find people who lived there or some who still live there are somewhat delusional when it comes to the conditions in which many of us lived. Again, I have to agree with Angelo, I grew up at 421 St. Madeleine, I am sure we played Tomatso together in the street, I would not have traded one minute of my life there. We grew up quickly, we saw things that perhaps other children our age didn’t see, but it has made me a fiercely independent adult with strong convictions of right and wrong. It has made me make better choices in my life and I have no regrets. But to say that live was a bed of roses growing up in Point St. Charles would be a lie. I hope you have much success with your book, I will definitely be reading it. I took have written a memoire of my life in the Point, if you should ever want to read it, I would be happy to pass it along. Perhaps you could guide me in having this published as well. Again, I look forward to reading your book.

    1. Hello Sharon,

      I bet your book will be an incredible story as what you shared here already is amazing and I thank you so much for sharing it. I agree that some of us grew up quickly, and saw things that perhaps other children our age didn’t. And like you said so perfectly already- it helped make some of us fiercely independent adults with strong convictions about right and wrong.

      Please let me know how you’re doing with your book and if I can help in any way :)


  14. Hi Kathy , i just read about your book,& I requested/suggested our local library purchase With a Closed Fist, after submitting my request,I saw that a couple of orders for the book must have alreadyy been placed,so I have added my name to be one of the first to see it here in Victoria BC. Perception is a unique thing,some will get it, some will not, Good Luck with your book,I look forward to reading it.
    I also will post on our verdun connections website,about your book ,maybe inspiring more to read it. We all love to recall our ‘growing up days’ with ideal memories,most of them were good ones,but there too were the not so great memories (generally we choose to skip over in our minds) so your read will no doubt be interesting & refreshing………….Good Luck & best regards from Canada’s Westcoast ( Les & Teresa,Victoria BC)


    1. Hello Les and Teresa,

      Thanks so much for letting me know about your Verdun Connections website. I love the site!

      And thanks so much for your support of my book and posting links and articles about it on your site as well. I really appreciate it!


  15. Hi Kathy, I’m not 100% sure but do we know each other, your name is very familiar. I think we may have crossed paths, besides everyone knew everyone in the POINTE. I too grew up in P.S.C. till I was twenty-one (now 56) now live in Burlington Ontario with my wife Diane and four children who are all grown up.
    -I can’t wait to read your book. I grew up at 417 Sainte Madaleine Street, went to Sarsfield school and Canon O’mara( spelling), played for Leo’s Boys hockey-football etc.
    -we grew up fast and tough! But I wouldn’t have traded it in for anything. Great memories and great friends!
    Please let me know

    1. Angelo, I am sure we played together I grew up at 421 St. Madeline, I was friends with Francoise Galarneau, Maria & Tony Salunder, Rosie & Inez, Barb Cole, Denis Arnseneault. I remember Tomatso, Hide and Seek in the Dark, a lot of laughing…I lived there from 1963 – 1969 and then moved to Verdun and now live in Muskoka.

      1. Hi Sharon, I do remember you! We all played together and regularly and I have still have great memories. From time to time I often think about where everyone is now. Our families were always outside on the sidewalk in the evenings chatting over a glass of pop? while us kids were playing. Nice to hear from you.

        Angelo Bentivegna

  16. Hi Kathy,
    I have ordered your book and am looking forward to receiving it. I decided to order directly and so although my first edition will be unsigned, unless you make it out to the West Coast, it will still be a first edition and highly priced! Could your write me back and let me know what happened to that forum where we use to met? I have just returned from two weeks on holiday and the forum seems to have vanished. cheers Malvene

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