Community Events

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

On Building a Social Movement, with John Saul, Blair Rutherford and Manfred 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
5:00pm - 7:30pm

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 11 Oct
7:00pm - 8:30pm

The Unravelling with award-winning playwright, screenwriter & novelist Clem Martini

In the follow-up to their award-winning memoir Bitter Medicine, brothers Clem and Olivier Martini continue the story of their family’s journey through mental illness, dementia, caregiving, and the health care system.

2017 12 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Claiming Anishinaabe: Decolonizing the Human Spirit Book Launch with the author Lynn Gehl

Denied her Indigenous status, Lynn Gehl has been fighting her entire life to reclaim mino-pimadiziwin--the good life.

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

Explanation of the Night, A Novel, Launch 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 30 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit, What Inuit Have Always Known to be True Ottawa Launch with Frank Tester, Margo Greenwood, Lisa Wolff and Landon Pearson

The Inuit have experienced colonization and the resulting disregard for the societal systems, beliefs and support structures foundational to Inuit culture for generations.

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 13 Nov
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Reading by Female Fiction Writers: Jessica Westhead, Wendy MacIntyre & Joanne Proulx

Jessica Westhead, Wendy MacIntyre & Joanne Proulx, 3 female writers, will be visitng our store on November 13 to read their new books! 

2017 14 Nov
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Stephen Law reading his new novel, Under Her Skin

Stephen Law is a writer, ecological farmer and social activist as well as an internationally accredited trainer and coach in Conflict Mediation and a skilled facilitator.

2017 15 Nov
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Class Privilege: How Law Shelters Shareholders and Coddles Capitalism, a discussion with the author Harry Glasbeek

Capitalism’s agenda is the endless pursuit of private accumulation of socially produced wealth. In our system, the corporation—created by law—is meant to hide this agenda, to distract us so that flesh and blood capitalists can do what they like.

2017 21 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Victor and Evie Book Launch with Ottawa Author Dorothy Anne Phillips

The experiences of a governor general and his family in the early twentieth century, revealed through recently released letters and diaries.

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

Sexual Violence at Canadian Universities Book Launch with Editors, Contributors and Frontline Anti-Violence Workers

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

2017 07 Dec
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Community Classroom: Settler Self-Indigenization in the Age of Reconciliation with Darryl Leroux

Building on some of his recent work on the topic, Darryl will be presenting an analysis of emerging efforts to indigenize otherwise non-Indigenous people in Québec, Ontario, and Nova Scotia.