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Authors for Indies Day!

It's Authors for Indies Day! Come on in to celebrate independent bookstores across the country with Ottawa-based authors on April 29. Joining us will be Joanne Proulx, Jared Young and Christine McNair. Each author will read from their most recent work and talk about their two favourite books for 10-15 minutes. Then we will open things up for conversation and mingling, Copies of their books will be available for purchase and signing! Reading starts at 3:30 PM!


The Man Without a Shadow

Ecco | January 3, 2017 | 384 pages
In this taut and fascinating novel, the bestselling, New York Times bestselling and National Book Award-winning author of The Sacrifice, The Accursed, and Lovely, Dark, Deep examines the mysteries of memory, personality, and identity and pierces the enigmatic force that drives human lives—love.... More Info

What This Story Needs Is a Bang and a Clang

HarperCollins | January 3, 2017 | 40 pages
Join Pig and her friends in their latest adventure as they get ready to put on the best show ever! What this story needs is a pig in a wig, building a stage, arranging a stand, and getting ready to conduct the Pig in a Wig Band. But when a surprise guest shows up onstage, scaring Elephant,... More Info

The Noise of the Rain

October 4, 2016 | 160 pages
Praise for Sarah Plimpton “As quiet as a moment just before sleep, Sarah Plimpton’s poems are like preludes to dreams. The ‘everyday’ happens daily, but it is also rare and precious in Ms. Plimpton’s transparent telling.” —John Ashbery “Burnished and elemental, Sarah Plimpton’s... More Info


Greenwillow Books | January 3, 2017 | 40 pages
Four eggs. One big surprise! Crack…Crack…Crack  More Info

In Julia's Kitchen

Foreedge | October 4, 2016 | 176 pages
An award-winning architect and Julia Child s staff photographer show us how to bring into our homes Julia s commitment to the life-changing magic of eating together"  More Info

Pete the Cat and the Surprise Teacher

HarperCollins | January 3, 2017 | 32 pages
New York Times bestselling author and artist James Dean brings readers in for a big school surprise in Pete the Cat and the Surprise Teacher. When Pete goes to school, he finds out his teacher is out sick and the substitute teacher is . . . his mom! It’s up to Pete to teach the teacher what... More Info

The Woman in Cabin 10

Simon & Schuster | January 3, 2017 | 352 pages
From New York Times bestselling author of the “twisty-mystery” (Vulture) novel In a Dark, Dark Wood, comes The Woman in Cabin 10, an equally suspenseful and haunting novel from Ruth Ware—this time, set at sea. In this tightly wound, enthralling story reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s works,... More Info

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Pulitzer prizewinner Chris Hedges charts the dramatic and disturbing rise of a post-literate society...

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2017 23 May
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Octopus Books Community Classroom: Systemic Policing Issues on Handling Sexual Assault Allegations

The recent Globe and Mail 'Unfounded' series by investigative journalist,

2017 30 May
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Women’s Health, Women’s Rights Tour: Ottawa

Octopus Books, Inter Pares and Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights present: Women’s Health, Women’s Rights. Join us for a discussion of sexual and reproductive health and rights.

2017 01 Jun
7:00pm - 9:00pm

The Case for Staying Out of Other People’s Wars with author William S. Geimer

Canada did not come of age at Vimy, and in all of Canada's wars both soldiers and civilians have died in vain. So why do people continue to support war in general, despite its poor record of benefits? And why, in particular, does Canada involve herself in other people's wars?

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