Community Events

2018 28 Aug
6:30pm - 8:30pm

OCTOPUS BOOKS COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Challenging Islamophobia in "Progressive" Spaces with Chelby Marie Daigle

In this community classroom, Chelby Marie Daigle will be mining her own personal experience of being the target of Islamophobia in a "feminist" workspace and a workplace focused on countering racism, to explore how Islamophobia is manifesting in spaces that claim to be socially inclusive. 

2018 11 Sep
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Last Night of the World Book Launch with Award-winning Literary Journalist Joyce Wayne

Joyce Wayne is an award-winning literary journalist, a former editor at Quill & Quire and the author of the historical novel The Cook’s Temptation (Mosaic Press, 2013).

2018 18 Sep
7:00pm - 9:00pm


Octopus Books Community Classroom was created to promote conversations and the exchange of ideas in support of emancipation and activism. This fall, we have a few community classrooms planned with a wide range of topics. The ones confirmed are listed below.

2018 18 Sep
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Octopus Books Community Classroom: How technology is changing our life and the future of work

Author, futurist, and serial entrepreneur Sylvain Rochon will illustrate how robots and artificial intelligence (AI) will be capable of replacing human workers within the next 25 years. Sylvain will explain the differences between the AI-assisted human work we see today and the AI of tomorrow.

2018 19 Sep
7:30pm - 9:30pm

Corporatizing Canada: Making Business out of Public Service Book Launch

Over the past thirty years corporatization has transformed the public sector in Canada.

2018 20 Sep
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Putting Trials on Trial: Sexual Assault and the Failure of the Legal Profession with the Author Elaine Craig, In Conversation with Elizabeth Sheehy

Over the past few years, public attention focused on the Jian Ghomeshi trial, the failings of Judge Greg Lenehan in the Halifax taxi driver case, and the judicial disciplinary proceedings against former Justice Robin Camp have placed the sexual assault trial process under significant scrutiny.

2018 26 Sep
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Octopus Books Community Classroom: Contesting Total Institutions: How to use Access to Information / Freedom of Information for research, journalism, resistance

Join the authors of Policing Indigenous Movements: Dissent and the Security State, Andrew Crosby and Jeff Monaghan, for a discussion of how to use Access to Information (ATI) or Freedom of Information (FOI) processes to research or investigate the practices of powerful (and often secreti

2018 28 Sep
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Poetry Reading with Steve Luttrell, Cameron Anstee and Natalie Hanna

Steve Luttrell is the founder and publishing editor of the acclaimed Café Review, which has published for a remarkable 25 years and printed the work of twelve Pulitzer Prize winners.

2018 13 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm

OCTOPUS BOOKS COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Challenges Facing Violence Against Women Shelters in Canada

This community classroom will explore the roles that violence against women shelters and transition houses play across Canada.