Fear the Mirror
Open Your Heart
The Geography of Pluto
The Family Way
Kathy Dobson Bundle
Kathy Dobson Bundle

Our March bundle features Kathy Dobson's two searing memoirs
With a Closed Fist: Growing up in Canada's Toughest Neighbourhood and Punching and Kicking: Leaving Canada's Toughest Neighbourhood for $30 plus $6 flat rate shipping in Canada. These books recount the challenges of growing up in, and eventually leaving, Point Saint Charles, once an industrial working-class neighbourhood, now in the throes of gentrification.

Praise for Kathy Dobson's books:

"Dobson has enormous talent, and we all must be thankful that she did beat the odds and find her way through the maze of deprivation and violence to speak her truths in such a creative and telling book." – Pat Capponi, Globe and Mail

"It reads like fiction... younger Kathy's voice is strikingly believable: candid, scornful, funny" – Anna Leventhal, Montreal Review of Books

"Kathy Dobson vividly gives us a surprisingly clear glimpse through a child's eyes of what it is like to live in poverty. Her language rings true as it portrays lives of people struggling every day and night with the physical, economic, emotional and political assaults of poverty and its constant humiliations. This is a rare insider expose." – Linda Savory Gordon, Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Community Development and Social Work, Algoma University

"This is as authentic a description, language and all, of life in the Point during the 60s and 70s as it is possible to get. Poverty, hunger, love, abuse, ingenuity, survival, intelligence, language wars— they are all there; fierce optimism and laugh-out-loud humour carry the story along. That is the way it was. I know , I was there." – Nicolas Steinmetz, MD

"In a place between the profound and the profane, lives a raw, unapologetic, and funny voice of Kathy Dobson. In an honest and harrowing account of poverty, she tells a powerful story of resilience of a girl turned woman." – Merlyna Lim, Canada Research Chair, Carleton University

Esplanade Books


Esplanade Books is the fiction imprint of Véhicule Press.

Edited by Dimitri Nasrallah, Esplanade publishes novels and short story collections.

About the editor

In late summer 2003, Andrew Steinmetz became the founding editor of Véhicule's fiction series. Andrew is the author of several books including Wardlife: The Apprenticeship of a Young Writer as a Hospital Clerk, and most recently, This Great Escape: The Case of Michael Paryla, a finalist of the 2013 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Non-fiction.

In December 2013, after editing 20 books in the series, Andrew stepped down as editor and was succeeded by Montrealer Dimitri Nasrallah. Dimitri Nasrallah is the author of three novels, most recently The Bleeds (2018). Blackbodying (2005), won Quebec’s McAuslan First Book Prize and was a finalist for the Grand Prix du Livre de Montréal. Niko (2011), won the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, and was nominated for CBC’s Canada Reads and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Niko went on to become a critical and commercial success in French. Dimitri is currently translating Éric Plamondon’s 1984 Trilogy from French to English of which Hungary-Hollywood Express and Mayonnaise have been published. Apple S, the final book in the trilogy, will be published in spring 2020.
Dimitri Nasrallah
Black History Month Bundle Black History Month Bundle
Book of Wings Book of Wings
Tawhida Tanya Evanson
Lockdown Fiction Bundle Lockdown Fiction Bundle
Swallowed Swallowed
Réjean Ducharme
1984 Trilogy Bundle 1984 Trilogy Bundle
Éric Plamondon
Apple S Apple S
Éric Plamondon
May Fiction Bundle May Fiction Bundle
Dominoes at the Crossroads Dominoes at the Crossroads
Kaie Kellough
Aphelia Aphelia
Mikella Nicol
The Teardown The Teardown: A novel
David Homel
Mayonnaise Mayonnaise: A Novel
Éric Plamondon
Deserters, The The Deserters
Pamela Mulloy
Nirliit Nirliit
Juliana Léveillé-Trudel
The Bleeds The Bleeds
Dimitri Nasrallah
The Original Face The Original Face
Guillaume Morissette
A Three-Tiered Pastel Dream A Three-Tiered Pastel Dream
Lesley Trites
Sun of a Distant Land Sun of a Distant Land
David Bouchet
Tumbleweed Tumbleweed
Josip Novakovich
Hungary-Hollywood Express Hungary-Hollywood Express
Éric Plamondon
All That Sang All That Sang
Lydia Perovic
The Goddess of Fireflies The Goddess of Fireflies
Geneviève Pettersen
English Is Not a Magic Language English Is Not a Magic Language
Jacques Poulin
Ex-Yu Ex-Yu
Josip Novakovich
Swing in the House and Other Stories Swing in the House and Other Stories
Anita Anand
Breathing Lessons Breathing Lessons
Andy Sinclair
New Tab New Tab: A Novel
Guillaume Morissette
Message for the Emperor, A A Message for the Emperor: A Novel
Mark Frutkin
Love Monster, The The Love Monster: A Novel
Missy Marston
Stopping for Strangers Stopping for Strangers
Daniel Griffin
Niko Niko: A Novel
Dimitri Nasrallah
Writing Personals Writing Personals: A Novel
Lolette Kuby
Orfeo Orfeo
Hans-Jurgen Greif
Blood Pudding Blood Pudding
Art Corriveau
Out of Cleveland Out of Cleveland
Lolette Kuby
Optique Optique
Clayton Bailey
Dead Man's Float Dead Man's Float
Nicholas Maes
Garbage Head Garbage Head
Christopher Willard
Seventeen Tomatoes Seventeen Tomatoes: Tales from Kashmir
Jaspreet Singh
Short Journey by Car, A A Short Journey by Car
Liam Durcan