News & Events

Want to invite Kathy to speak about:

  • Poverty issues,
  • Run a writing workshop,
  • Or discuss her previous works?

Contact us here. Scroll down to see previous events and news!



  • On November 30th, Carleton University hosted the Ottawa launch of Kathy’s second book Punching and Kicking.

JUNE 2018

    • Kathy’s second book Punching and Kicking is released in Canadian bookstores.

MARCH 2016

  • On March 23rd (@ 10-11am), Kathy gave a guest lecture at Wilfrid Laurier University, hosted by the MA program in Communication Studies, on the social construction of poverty through mainstream and social media.

FEB 2016

  • On Feb 24th (@ Noon): As the author of a challenged book, Kathy kicked off Carleton’s ‘Readings from Banned and Challenged Materials’ event by reading from her book With a Closed Fist.

APRIL 2014

  • On April 27th (@ 1pm), Kathy was keynote speaker at the Niagara Falls Public Library Book Lovers’ Literary Luncheon, talking about her book With a Closed Fist. Click here for more information about attending this event.


  • On October 26th (@ 9:30 – 4:30pm), Kathy hosted a ‘Writer’s Workshop’ at the Niagara Falls Public Library. Click here to make inquires about workshop opportunities!

MARCH 2013

  • On March 4th (12 – 1pm), Kathy was keynote speaker to kick off 2013 Social Work Week, Restoring Hope: The Power of Social Work, at Wilfrid Laurier University.  For more information about this event, click here.


  • Kathy visited McGill University’s School of Social Work to discuss her book, With a Closed Fist, and discuss the “Power of Social Work.”
  • Dawson College in Montréal invited Kathy to have a round table discussion with students in Dawson College’s Social Service Program about her book, With a Closed Fist, and the power of social work.
  • With a Closed Fist kicks off “Freedom to Read Week” for the SD & G County Library (Ingleside Branch).


MAY 2012

  • With a Closed Fist chosen to be on reading list of Ontario Book Clubs, including the Niagara Falls Public Library book club and SD & G County Library (Ingleside Branch) book club.

APRIL 2012

MARCH 2012

  • Kathy Dobson was Keynote Speaker for International Women’s Day celebration,
    hosted by the District Labour Council and Women’s Committee of Cornwall (“A brutally honest storyStandard Freeholder, Cornwall)


  • Book Reading and Signing for With a Closed Fist
    SD & G County Library, Ingleside Branch: 10 Memorial Square, Ingleside ON
    February 13th at 6:30 PM


  • With a Closed Fist goes to second printing.


  • With a Closed Fist is released in Canadian bookstores November 1st.

Friday, November 4th, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Saint Columba House: 2365 Grand Trunk, Montréal QC.
Click here for photos and more.

  • Montréal Gazette online LIVE CHAT about With a Closed Fist. November 17th @ Noon.
  • Paragraphe Bookstore “Books & Breakfast” Series book reading

With David Gilmour, David A. Wilson & Douglas Gibson
Sunday, November 20th. 10:00am
Centre Sheraton Montréal Hotel, 1201 René Lévesque Blvd. W.
Time and Ticket Information, info number: 514-845-5811



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