Launch of a book on Point St. Charles

With a Closed Fist: Growing up in Canada’s Toughest Neighbourhood

Friday, November 4, 2011
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Maison Saint Columba House

2365 Grand Trunk, Pointe St. Charles
[Métro Charlevoix]

In the Point St. Charles of the author’s childhood people move for one of two reasons:their apartment is on fire, or the rent is due. Starting in 1968, eight-year-old Kathy Dobson shares her early years growing up in the Point. She offers a glimpse into the culture of extreme poverty, giving an insider’s view into a neighbourhood then described as the “toughest in Canada.” When student activists from McGill University arrive in the Point, Kathy and her five sisters witness their mother’s transformation into a committed
community organizer.

Kathy Dobson has a B.A. from the University of Waterloo and two certificates in social work.

A journalist, her work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, National Post, Ottawa Citizen,
and the Montreal Gazette.

For more information contact:
Maya Assouad, Marketing Manager, Véhicule Press, (514) 844-6073

A review of the book, by The Gazette:

Poor kids in the Point a real hotdog bun was a treat