Community Events

2017 26 Aug
1:00pm - 3:00pm

The Laughing Cure: Book Signing with author Dr. Brian King

Dr. Brian King is a psychologist and stand-up comedian whose humor therapy seminars are attended by more than ten thousand people each year. In The Laughing Cure, King combines wit with medical research to reveal the benefits of laughter and humor on physical and emotional health.

2017 15 Sep
2:30pm - 4:30pm

Farm Labor Struggles in Zimbabwe: The Ground of Politics, author Blair Rutherford in Discussion with Andriata Chironda and Lameck Zingano

In the early twentieth-first century, white-owned farms in Zimbabwe were subject to large-scale occupations by black urban dwellers in an increasingly violent struggle between national electoral politics, land reform, and contestations over democracy.

2017 20 Sep
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Manufacturing Urgency: Author Corinne Mason In Conversation with Rita Morbia of Inter Pares

Manufacturing Urgency: the Development Industry and Violence against Women investigates anti-violence policies in international development, demonstrating that strategies intended to end violence against women are constructed to serve ends other than the needs of women.

2017 22 Sep
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Surviving Canada Ottawa Launch with Kiera L. Ladner, Myra Tait, Kahente Horn-Miller, Hayden King and Waubgeshig Rice

Surviving Canada: Indigenous Peoples Celebrate 150 Years of Betrayal is a collection of elegant, thoughtful, and powerful reflections about Indigenous Peoples’ complicated, and often frustrating, relationship with Canada, and how—even 150 years after Confederation—the fight for recogniti

2017 26 Sep
7:00pm - 9:00pm

On Building a Social Movement with John Saul, Blair Rutherford and Fred Bienefeld

On Building a Social Movement focuses on the North American campaign for southern African liberation.

2017 27 Sep
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Cuba–U.S. Relations, Obama and Beyond Book Launch with Arnold August

Against the background of the history of Cuba–U.S. interconnectedness and in light of Obama’s ini­tiative and Trump’s election, Arnold August deals with the relationship between the two countries, delving into past and current U.S. aggression against Cuba’s artistic field, ideology and politics.

2017 04 Oct
6:30pm - 8:30pm

The Patch: The People, Pipelines, and Politics of the Oil Sands with Bestselling Author Chris Turner

Bestselling author Chris Turner brings readers onto the streets of Fort McMurray, showing the myriad ways the oilsands impact our lives and demanding that we ask the question: To both fuel the world and to save it, what do we do about the Patch?

2017 18 Oct
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Explanation of the Night with Award-Winning Author Edem Awumey

Ito Baraka is going to die. In Gatineau, far from the sun, in a dark, shabby flat he shares with his Native girlfriend, Kimi.

2017 25 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Kevin McKay on his new book Radical Transformation: Oligarchy, Collapse, and the Crisis of Civilization

Join author, professor and activist Kevin MacKay for a launch of his new book Radical Transformation:Oligarchy, Collapse, and the Crisis of Civilization!

2017 06 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Octopus Books Community Classroom: Settler Colonialism and Genocide, a Talk by Award-Winning Author ROXANNE DUNBAR-ORTIZ

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma, the daughter of a tenant farmer and part-Indian mother. She has been active in the international Indigenous movement for more than four decades and is known for her lifelong commitment to national and international social justice issues.

2017 29 Nov
7:30pm - 9:30pm

Launch of Song of Gulzarina, Author Tariq Mehmood in conversation with Adrian Harewood

A suicide bombing is being planned in Manchester, UK. Behind it lie Saleem Khan’s vivid memories – some full of regret and yearning, others humorous and yet others overshadowed by the surreal brutality of war.

2017 04 Dec
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Sexual Violence at Canadian Universities Book Launch with Editors and Contributors

At least one in four women attending college or university will be sexually assaulted by the time they graduate.