Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication will host a launch for PhD candidate Kathy Dobson’s latest book Punching and Kicking: Leaving Canada’s Toughest Neighbourhood.

The book shares Dobson’s experience of growing up in the 1970s in Point St. Charles, an industrial slum in Montreal, and trying to leave it. The book is a sequel to Dobson’s highly-praised With a Closed Fist: Growing up in Canada’s Toughest Neighbourhood.

When: Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, at 2:30 p.m.
Where: Room 4400, Richcraft Hall, Carleton
Info: This event is free and open to the public. A campus map is available online.  Dobson’s book will be available for sale for $25 (cash, cheque and credit card). Author royalties from the sale will go to Saint Columba House, a non-profit social service agency in Point St. Charles.

Media are invited to attend the event.

Dobson shares her journey of trying to escape from what was once described as the toughest neighbourhood in Canada. Raised by their single mother, Dobson and her five sisters deal with slum landlords, “pervy uncles,” and their father—a mostly absent police officer who does occasional work on the side for the local mob. As Dobson grows up and attends college outside of Point St. Charles, she must learn to survive in an environment where problems aren’t solved by a good punch to the head.

The event is co-hosted by the Faculty of Public Affairs, Véhicule Press and the ALiGN Media Lab.

About Kathy Dobson

Dobson’s work as a journalist has appeared in The Globe and Mail, National Post and on CBC Radio. She is a Vanier Scholar.

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Carleton University
613-520-2600, ext. 8718

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