Published: Malled!

posted by kitdobson November 24, 2017

And … it’s out! I’m so happy to see my new book, Malled: Deciphering Shopping in Canada, in print from Wolsak & Wynn. It’s been some time in the making, and now I am keen to see it out in the world. More news on events in due course, but my first events were:

October 10, Salamanca, Spain: a group launch as part of the conference “Narratives of Resilience and Healing” at the University of Salamanca.

October 13, Edmonton: LitFest with Chris Urquhart at MacEwan University.

November 6, Calgary: Interview on CBC’s Homestretch.

November 23, Calgary: Guest on CBC’s Alberta@Noon

You can order the book here, or here, or directly from my publisher here.

In the meantime, here’s what my blurbers have to say:

Malled is many wonderful things. A thoughtful meditation on the place of shopping in Canadian life, it is also deeply political, but free of the easy moralizing that marks so much writing about consumption and the shopping mall. As he moves from city to city, and mall to mall, Dobson reflects in honest and inventive ways about his complex relationship to shopping and the places in which it happens. The book is a refreshing, engaging, highly readable account of encounters with shopping malls, cities, people, books and movies.”

WILL STRAW, author of Cyanide and Sin: Visualizing Crime in 50s America

Malled does much more than decipher shopping: it asks tough questions about the beautiful and frustrating pastiche of our culture, the way our buying practices combine the absurd and the incomprehensible and how we have been taken hostage by disposable acquisition. Kit Dobson’s gentle and generous look at the mad folly of our being human together, in the mall, shopping for stuff we don’t need is queasy, fascinating and poetic, a wonderful amalgam of desire and degradation.”

ARITHA VAN HERK, author of Mavericks: An Incorrigible History of Alberta


LitFest in Edmonton, October 13th

posted by kitdobson September 7, 2017

I’m happy to announce that I will be speaking at Edmonton’s LitFest in October, on the auspicious date of Friday the 13th. Tickets are available here. This event, a “literary smackdown,” features me and Chris Urquhart discussing consumer culture and anti-consumer activism. I’ll be drawing my inspiration from my upcoming book Malled from Wolsak & Wynn. Chris’ book, Dirty Kids, is on the CBC’s list of anticipated fall non-fiction books. It should make for a fun evening. I’d love to see you there!

Malled: Deciphering Shopping in Canada

posted by kitdobson July 20, 2017


I’m thrilled to announce that my new book, Malled: Deciphering Shopping in Canada, will be published this fall by Hamilton’s Wolsak & Wynn Press. I’ve been very grateful to Noelle Allen and everyone at the Press for their fine vision, guidance, and editorial hand. It’s been a wonderful process so far, and now I’m looking forward (with, ahem, a wee bit of trepidation, naturally) to seeing the book out in the world! You can pre-order on Amazon here, or on Indigo here, but I encourage you to go direct to the publisher’s website here.





Article in Eighteen Bridges Magazine

posted by kitdobson May 9, 2017

I’m thrilled to have just published an article in the magazine Eighteen Bridges, based out of Edmonton. My article, “Walmart in Whitehorse: searching for culture in a consumerist paradise,” is a sneak peak at some of the work that I’ve been doing toward my next book, which is called Malled: The Cultures of Shopping in Canada. Please find the article here. A big thank you to the folks at Eighteen Bridges for making space for this work!



2017 Kreisel Lecture, University of Alberta

posted by kitdobson April 11, 2017

I was thrilled recently to host the 2017 Kreisel Lecture at the University of Alberta’s Canadian Literature Centre. This year’s lecture, the eleventh in the series, was delivered by Canada Reads-winning author Heather O’Neill in the wake of the publication of her new novel, The Lonely Hearts Hotel. The video of the talk is now online; I encourage you to watch and enjoy my brief introduction and, more importantly, her lively and engaging conversation about the lessons that she learned from her father.

Interview Out in New Issue of Public

posted by kitdobson April 6, 2017

I’m profoundly grateful to the editors of the journal Public, and particularly special issue editors Sean O’Brien, Imre Szeman, and Eva-Lynn Jagoe, for making space for an interview with me in the newly released issue 55: Demos. The interview was very graciously conducted by poet and critic Ryan Fitzpatrick. I was very pleased to have the opportunity to discuss some of my current thinking there, especially thinking through the necessity of dwelling in messiness and complexity. You can order the journal here. The interview, “Living in Messy Times,” is the final piece in the issue.




59 Glass Bridges

posted by kitdobson February 28, 2017


It’s an honour to have served as the press editor for 59 Glass Bridges, the first novel just published by Steven Peters. Editing this deeply imaginative, at-times surreal and Dantesque novel has been profoundly satisfying work. I heartily recommend the quirky, labyrinthine underworld that Peters renders in this book about a place that feels a lot like the Calgary in which I live, but with a twist. Do see the page from NeWest Press here.

University Affairs Covers Pop-up Poetry

posted by kitdobson January 25, 2017

The Carriage Station: Print History Workshop has been engaged in supporting and fostering poetry in the community, most recently by supporting Pop-up Poetry events. And now, University Affairs has taken an interest in the project. Please click to read their article on the recent event, all done in partnership with derek beaulieu, Beth Everest, Richard Harrison, Calgary’s current Poet Laureate Micheline Maylor, Natalie Meisner, Mount Royal students, and yours truly.

Pop-Up Poetry

posted by kitdobson November 28, 2016

img_2681Thanks to everyone who made it out today at Mount Royal University to the English program’s pop-up poetry event! Featuring derek beaulieu, Beth Everest, Richard Harrison, Micheline Maylor, Natalie Meisner, campus student and — ahem — yours truly, today’s event was a wonderful showcase of poetry, pounded out on the Carriage Station‘s collection of old and clunky (and wonderful) typewriters. It was a great day; gratitude to all who were there!

Announcing The Carriage Station: Print History Workshop

posted by kitdobson October 20, 2016

screen-shot-2016-10-20-at-16-19-13The Carriage Station: Print History Workshop is a space designed to celebrate print culture and writing. Housed in Mount Royal University’s Faculty of Arts, the Carriage Station is a repository for housing and tending to obsolete analog print technologies. Founded by derek beaulieu, Kit Dobson, and Richard Harrison, and starting with nothing more than a clutch of typewriters and a mimeograph machine, the space is geared toward hands-on learning about how print is made, how print arrives in readers’ hands, and how print affects the very works that writers produce.

Starting in the fall of 2016, the Carriage Station runs workshops on print culture, invites students and the wider community in to witness and play with old technologies, supports pop-up poetry events, and accept donations of materials from typewriters to printing presses. It is open by appointment and is interested in hearing from anyone with an interest in print culture. Please contact Kit Dobson or derek beaulieu to find out more.