• Black Cop
  • Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao
  • Tiny Lights for Travellers

50 years of Octopus Books

It's our 50th anniversary!

Thank you for supporting us in our mission to discuss the issues that matter, work to make change, and to promote the voices of those who are often silenced by corporate power & capitalist greed.

Fall hours:
Monday - Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday: 12 pm - 5 pm

Election Reading


2019 19 Oct
11:00am - 12:00pm

Illustrator Charlene Chua presents Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao

Meet the funny, fierce, and fearless Amy Wu, who is determined to make a perfect bao bun today. Can she rise to the occasion? Amy loves to make bao with her family. But it takes skill to make the bao taste and look delicious. And her bao keep coming out all wrong.

2019 22 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Naomi K. Lewis reading from Tiny Lights for Travellers

Octopus Books presents author Naomi K. Lewis reading from her new book, Tiny Lights for Travellers, shortlisted for the 2019 Governor General’s Literary Award for non-fiction.

2019 23 Oct

Teen Author Fest: Writing Workshop with YA author Gloria Chao

Gloria Chao is the critically acclaimed author of American Panda, Our Wayward Fate, and Rent a Boyfriend (fall 2020).

2019 24 Oct
6:30pm - 8:30pm

Are We Done Fighting? Building Understanding in a World of Hate and Division

Hateful political and social divisions that can cascade into violence are threatening to pull the world apart. Responding to fear and aggression strategically and with compassion is vital if we are to push back against the politics of hate and live in greater safety and harmony.

2019 24 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Book launch: Beverley McLachlin - The Legacy of a Supreme Court Chief Justice

Join us for the Ottawa launch of a new biography brimming with insight into Beverley McLachlin's unparalleled career as a jurist and leader of the Supreme Court of Canada.