Community Events

2015 01 Dec
11:45am - 1:00pm

#GGBooks readings | Lectures publiques #LivresGG

Meet the authors, illustrators, and translators behind this year's winning #GGBooks!

Join us for FREE special readings of the Governor General's Literary Award winners. 


2015 01 Dec
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Octopus Book Club: Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell

George Orwell's dystopian masterpiece, Nineteen Eighty-Four is perhaps the most pervasively influential book of the twentieth century, making famous Big Brother, newspeak and Room 101.

2015 03 Dec
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Book Launch: Resilience and Triumph, Immigrant Women Tell Their Stories

Join The Book Project Collective at Octopus Books on December 3rd for the launch of Resilience and Triumph, an inspiring compilation of stories by immigrant women.

2015 08 Dec

History of Ottawa River Watershed, A Lecture by Peter Di Gangi, Research Director for Algonquin Nations Secretariat (Community Classroom)

Due to lots of interests in learning about the history of Ottawa River Watershed and positive feedback from our previous session of the same topic, we are hosting this lecture again on December 8! Please see below for details.

2015 10 Dec
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Octopus Book Club: The Will to Change by bell hooks

Everyone needs to love and be loved -- even men. But to know love, men must be able to look at the ways that patriarchal culture keeps them from knowing themselves, from being in touch with their feelings, from loving.

2016 19 Jan
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Tracey Lindberg: Birdie Reading and Discussion

Join us for a reading and discussion of Tracey Lindberg's debut novel, BIRDE, on Tuesday, January 19!

Author Tracey LIndberg will be in attendance! 

About the Book

Bernice Meetoos will not be broken.

2016 21 Jan
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Ottawa Launch of Access to Information and Social Justice with Jamie Brownlee and Kevin Walby

Acess to Information and Social Justice combines the political and the practical aspects of Access to Information (ATI) research into a single volume in order to help invigorate critical social science, investigative journalism, and activism in Canada.

2016 25 Jan
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Octopus Book Club: Blood, The Stuff of Life

In 2013’s Massey Lectures, Lawrence Hill, bestselling author of The Book of Negroes, offers a provocative examination of the scientific and social history of blood, and on the ways that it u

2016 26 Jan
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Reading with JEFF BURSEY and Christian McPherson

Join Jeff Bursey and Christian McPherson for a reading of their latest novel Mirrors on which dust has fallen and Saving Her!

2016 28 Jan
7:00pm - 9:00pm


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