Community Events

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, Waneek Horn-Miller and Hayden King

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 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 13 Oct
6:00pm - 9:00pm

An Evening with Okey Ndibe, author of Foreign Gods, Inc., Arrows of Rain and Never Look an American in the Eye

Okey Ndibe is the author of the novels Never look an American in the eye: A Memoir of flying turtles, colonial ghost, and the making of a NIgerian American, Foreign Gods, Inc. 

2017 16 Oct
7:00pm - 8:00pm

From Ice to Ashes, Reading by mystery writer Jessica Simon

When a terrorist infiltration overtakes the Yukon Arctic Ultra--the most challenging human-powered race in the world--Auxiliary RCMP Markus Fanger leads a manhunt for North America's most imminent threat.

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 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.