Community Events

2015 13 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm

After the Sands Book Launch with GORDON LAXER and Bruce Campbell

After the Sands outlines a vision and a road map to transitioning Canada to a low-carbon society.

2015 14 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Leo Brent Robillard & Lorrie Jorgensen Co-Launch of their Book: The Road to Atlantis and First Gear: A Motorcycle Memoir

Octopus Books, Turnstone Press and Inanna Publications present a co-launch of Leo Brent Robillard and Lorrie Jorgensen's latest book: The Road to Atlantis (novel) and First Gear: A

2015 15 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Religious Freedom at Risk

This book examines matters of religious freedom in Europe, considers the work of the European Court of Human Rights in this area, explores issues of multiculturalism and secularism in France, of women in Islam, and of Muslims in the West.

2015 21 Oct
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Octopus Book Club: A FAIR COUNTRY by John Ralston Saul

In this startlingly original vision of Canada, thinker John Ralston Saul unveils 3 founding myths. Saul argues that the famous “peace, order, and good government” that supposedly defines Canada is a distortion of the country’s true nature.

2015 27 Oct
7:15pm - 9:00pm


Arctic historian Kenn Harper has spent decades researching and writing the untold stories of the North. This series gathers the best of his regular column about the history of Inuit and other peoples in the circumpolar North.

2015 29 Oct

Coach House Books, Bookthug and Biblioasis Book Tour

Coach House Books, Bookthug, Biblioasis and Octopus Books present three authors and their new book:

2015 02 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Remembering: Open Veins of Latin America, a Tribute to Eduardo Galeano (Community Classroom)

Eduardo Galeano, world-renowned Uruguayan journalist and best known for his 1971 book Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent died at age 74 on April 13 2015. On that day, the world lost a leading voice of the Latin American left.

2015 04 Nov

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

Ottawa, the capital city of Canada, is a contested place. It is situated on unceded Algonquin Territory across both sides of Ottawa River Watershed.

2015 10 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Canada: A New Tax Haven Book Launch with Alain Deneault

In Canada: A New Tax Haven, Alain Deneault traces Canada’s relationship with Commonwealth Caribbean nations back through the last half of the twentieth century, arguing that the involvement of Canadian financiers in establishing and maintaining Caribbean tax havens has p

2015 11 Nov
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Octopus Book Club: This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein

Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction
Observer Book of the Year
New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books of the Year

2015 12 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Co-launch of Disarming Conflict and Worth Fighting For with Ernie Regehr and Jessica Squires

Disarming Conflict: Why Peace Cannot Be Won on the Battlefield By Ernie Regehr  

2015 24 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Lawrence Hill: the Illegal In Conversation with CBC's Waubgeshig Rice

We are thrilled to announce Lawarence Hill will be in Ottawa to discuss his new, highly anticipated novel The Illegal on November 24 and we are hosting it!

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

A collection of true stories from 54 racialized immigrant and refugee women create an eclectic mix of three generations of voices. Women in their 20s to those in their 70s provide snapshots that begin in the 1960s and go to the present.

2015 09 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.