Archived Community Events

2017 18 Oct
1:00pm - 2:30pm

South Africa’s Corporatised Liberation: A Critical Analysis of the ANC in Power with Dale T. McKinley

Despite the more general social, political and economic advances that have been made under the ANC’s rule since 1994, power has not only remained in the hands of a small minority but has increasingly been exercised in service to capital.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 15 Sep
2:30pm - 4:30pm

Farm Labor Struggles in Zimbabwe: The Ground of Politics, author Blair Rutherford in Discussion with Andriata Chironda and Lameck Zingano

In the early twenty-first century, white-owned farms in Zimbabwe were subject to large-scale occupations by black urban dwellers in an increasingly violent struggle between national electoral politics, land reform, and contestations over democracy.

2017 14 Sep
7:00pm

1,000 Days and Counting: The Detention of an Innocent Man

Dr. Hassan Diab is a Canadian sociology professor who taught at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa. He was extradited to France on November 14, 2014, accused of involvement in the 1980 rue Copernic synagogue bombing in Paris.

2017 26 Aug
1:00pm - 3:00pm

The Laughing Cure: Book Signing with author Dr. Brian King

Dr. Brian King is a psychologist and stand-up comedian whose humor therapy seminars are attended by more than ten thousand people each year. In The Laughing Cure, King combines wit with medical research to reveal the benefits of laughter and humor on physical and emotional health.

2017 12 Jul
7:00pm - 8:30pm

A Samurai's Pink House Poetry Book Launch with Sonia Saikaley, Guy Simser, Claudia Radmore and Ryoko Itabashi

Join us for a night of poetry to celebrate Sonia Saikaley's new poetry book, A Samurai’s Pink House!

2017 08 Jun
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Grounded Authority Book Launch, Author Shiri Pasternak in Conversation with Hayden King

Since Justin Trudeau’s election in 2015, Canada has been hailed internationally as embarking on a truly progressive, post-postcolonial era—including an improved relationship between the state and Indigenous peoples living within its borders.

2017 07 Jun
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Ottawa and Empire: Canada and the Military Coup in Honduras with Author Tyler Shipley

In June 2009, the democratically elected president of Honduras was kidnapped and whisked out of the country while the military and business elite consolidated a coup d’etat.

2017 04 Jun
1:00pm - 2:00pm

Book Signing with Lori Dennis, author of Lyme Madness

Chronic Lyme disease is a complicated, confusing, and terrifying abyss—a black hole of human suffering, conflicting views, widespread corruption, and unrelenting medical navigation.

2017 01 Jun
7:00pm - 9:00pm

The Case for Staying Out of Other People’s Wars with author William S. Geimer

Canada did not come of age at Vimy, and in all of Canada's wars both soldiers and civilians have died in vain. So why do people continue to support war in general, despite its poor record of benefits? And why, in particular, does Canada involve herself in other people's wars?

2017 30 May
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Women’s Health, Women’s Rights Tour: Ottawa

Octopus Books, Inter Pares and Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights present: Women’s Health, Women’s Rights. Join us for a discussion of sexual and reproductive health and rights.

2017 23 May
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Octopus Books Community Classroom: Systemic Policing Issues on Handling Sexual Assault Allegations

The recent Globe and Mail 'Unfounded' series by investigative journalist,

2017 17 May
12:00pm

Public Vigil to Support Dr. Hassan Diab’s Right to Come Home

Hassan Diab is an innocent Canadian citizen, a university professor, husband and father of two young Ottawa children, wrongfully sent to France where he sits in a tiny jail cell 22 hours a day undergoing years-long investigation for a crime he did not commit.

2017 04 May
7:00pm - 8:30pm

André Picard On His New Book MATTERS OF LIFE AND DEATH: Public Health Issues in Canada

Please join us for light refreshments, a talk and book signing with public health journalist for The Globe and Mail, André Picard.

2017 29 Apr
3:30pm - 5:00pm

Reading in Celebration of Authors for Indies Day!

It's Authors for Indies Day! Come on in to celebrate independent bookstores across the country with Ottawa-based authors on April 29.

2017 25 Apr
7:00pm - 9:00pm

A Land Not Forgotten Book Launch with François Haman, Shinjini Pilon, Michael Robidoux and Desiree Streit

Food insecurity takes a disproportionate toll on the health of Indigenous peoples in Canada. A Land Not Forgotten examines the disruptions in local food practices as a result of colonization and the cultural, educational, and health consequences of those disruptions.

2017 20 Apr
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Much Madness, Divinest Sense: Women's Stories of Mental Health and Health Care Book Launch

“Although there have been countless cases of women’s madness throughout history, almost no personal accounts have been formally documented. Was there no one to listen to these women, to write down their thoughts? Is it an arbitrary oversight?

2017 04 Apr
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Book Club: Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin

Please join us in a discussion of James Baldwin's first novel Go Tell It on the Mountain at our book club on April 4.

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