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"Working with Octopus Bookstore to source and provide often marginal texts for my African Studies courses at Carleton University has been gratifying. Teaching in a field where the texts are not always readily available can be challenging, sometimes forcing one to find alternative texts. With Octopus Bookstore, I have a small, community bookstore that has become a creative ally in offering my students the kind of texts that suit the interdisciplinary topics in African Studies that I teach.


The Book

W. W. Norton | August 22, 2016 | 400 pages
A lavish material history of the world s most popular and most powerful medium."  More Info

Blissful Basil

Benbella Books | December 20, 2016 | 320 pages
"Experience the happiest side of life through nourishing, beautiful foods. Ashley Melillo believes in enjoying a wide array of wholesome foods in order to thrive physically, mentally, and emotionally. When she develops recipes for her popular blog, Blissful Basil, she finds innovative and... More Info

J'ai Besoin D'un Câlin

March 26, 2017 | 24 pages
See below for English description. Tout ce que demande ce petit porc-�pic est un c�lin, mais avec tous ces piquants qui voudra lui en faire un? Une autre histoire adorable d'Aaron Blabey, cr�ateur de Carlos le carlin et Les m�chants! All a little porcupine wants is a hug, but with such... More Info

Black Jacobins

Vintage | March 26, 1989 | 426 pages
Professor:  Prof. Philip Kaisary
Course Codes:  LAWS 4102A
Semester:  Winter-2017
Describes the background and the events of the successful twelve-year revolt of the San Domingian slaves which resulted in the establishment of Haiti in 1803  More Info

Nothing Like Love

Anchor Canada | January 3, 2017 | 432 pages
A sparkling, witty and confident debut from a rising Canadian star whose Trinidadian roots and riotous storytelling heritage inform her completely delightful novel. It is 1974 in the town of Chance, Trinidad--home to a colourful cast of cane farmers, rum-drinkers, scandal-mongers . . . and a bright... More Info

The Dark Days Club

Razorbill | January 3, 2017 | 512 pages
New York Times bestseller Alison Goodman's eagerly awaited new novel--a Regency adventure starring a stylish and intrepid demon-hunter! London, April 1812. On the eve of 18-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall's presentation to the Queen, one of her family's housemaids disappears--and Helen is drawn into... More Info

A Culture of Corruption

Princeton University Press | March 16, 2008 | 296 pages
Professor:  Prof. Tiffany Y.Y. Liu
Course Codes:  ANTH 2620
Semester:  Winter-2017
E-mails proposing an "urgent business relationship" help make fraud Nigeria's largest source of foreign revenue after oil. But scams are also a central part of Nigeria's domestic cultural landscape. Corruption is so widespread in Nigeria that its citizens call it simply "the Nigerian factor."... More Info

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Staff Pick


2017 27 Mar
5:00pm - 7:00pm

Jamie Swift on the Vimy Trap

The story of the bloody 1917 Battle of Vimy Ridge is, according to many of today’s tellings, a heroic founding moment for Canada. This noble, birth-of-a-nation narrative is regularly applied to the Great War in general. Yet this mythical tale is rather new.

2017 28 Mar
7:00pm - 9:00pm

(Octopus Books Community Classroom) On Economic Security: The Big Picture

This community classroom is developed in response to a phenomenon of increasing precarious work across industries therefore increasing economic insecurity.

2017 29 Mar
3:00pm - 4:30pm

Book Launch: Welcome to Greater Edendale, Histories of Environment, Health, and Gender in an African City

In the coming decades, the bulk of Africa's anticipated urban population growth will take place in smaller cities.

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