Archived Community Events

2019 25 Jul
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Book launch: Out of Joint with author Nomi Lazar

How constructions of time shape political beliefs about what is possible—and what is inevitable To secure power in a crisis, leaders must sell deep change as a means to future good. But how could we know the future? Nomi Claire Lazar draws on stories across a range of cultures and contexts, ancient and modern, to show how leaders use constructions of time to frame events. These frames carry an implicit promise to secure or subvert an expected future, shaping belief in what is possible—and what is inevitable.
2019 27 Jun
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Strengthening Canadian Indigenous Relationships

Join us for a presentation by Dr. Cathy Martin on her new book, Strengthening Canadian Indigenous Relationships and Decision-Making Processes, a practical framework guide to help Indigenous communities and agencies that interact with Indigenous people make better decisions based on the understanding of the underlying value systems of holistic cultures and hierarchical cultures.
2019 25 Jun
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Book Launch: Ghosts Within by Garry Leech

Join us for an evening of readings, music, and conversation with author and journalist Garry Leech.

2019 11 Jun
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Book Launch: The Allspice Bath by Sonia Saikaley, with guests Anita Kushwaha and Ian Thomas Shaw

Please join us for a celebratory evening of readings and discussion at the Ottawa book launch for The Allspice Bath by Sonia Saikaley.
2019 30 May
7:00pm - 10:00pm

An evening to celebrate Libby Davies and the publication of her new book Outside In

Join Libby Davies for the launch of Outside In,  a political and personal memoir of her forty years of work at the intersection of politics and social movements. Featuring a conversation between Libby Davies and Kathleen Monk, with special guest Monia Mazigh.

2019 21 May
7:00pm - 9:00pm

A New Kind of Union with Fred Wilson and Maude Barlow

Join Fred Wilson and Maude Barlow for the Ottawa launch of A New Kind of Union: Unifor and the Birth of the Modern Canadian Union.

2019 16 May
7:00pm - 8:30pm

From Turtle Island to Gaza - David Groulx book launch

Please join us for the launch of David Groulx's newest book of poetry, From Turtle Island to Gaza.

2019 14 May
6:30pm - 9:00pm

Book Launch: Cracking Labour's Glass Ceiling

Activists Bilan Arte and Preethy Sivakumar will join four of the authors, Morna Ballantyne, Bev Burke, Suzanne Doerge, and Jane Stinson, for a panel discussion about women's union education, transforming unions, and more.

2019 13 May
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Storytelling event: The 1919 Winnipeg General Strike

Ruth Stewart-Verger's grandparents lived in Winnipeg in May of 1919 at the time of the Winnipeg General Strike. You are invited for an evening of storytelling as Ruth recounts her family's stories of Grandfather William Coulter, one of the Strike Committee of 100.

2019 28 Apr
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Book Launch: Winnipeg 1919 with Christo Aivalis

The Winnipeg General Strike of 1919 remains the single largest labour action in Canadian history, and a watershed in the evolution of the country.

2019 23 Apr
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Three Feminists on Fear and Liberation in Canadian Politics

Nasreen Rajani and Kim Dubé join author Alexa Conradi in a conversation about themes in her new book Fear, Love and Liberation in Contemporary Quebec in a launch hosted by Octopus Books.

2019 11 Apr
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Lillian and Kokomis book launch with Lynda Partridge

Lillian is a girl of mixed Indigenous and white ancestry who has been shuffled from foster home to foster home as long as she can remember. At school, she doesn’t feel like she fits in with the white kids and doesn’t fit in with the Indigenous kids either.

2019 26 Mar
6:00pm - 8:00pm

The Case of Windy Lake - join Michael Hutchinson to celebrate his new book

The Mighty Muskrats won’t let a mystery go unsolved!

2019 17 Mar
1:00pm - 3:00pm

Canada Needs a Green New Economy

Green Screen presents:


A Film Screening & Panel Discussion co-hosted by the Ottawa-Vanier NDP

Here’s an opportunity to join the debate over the “Green New Deal” and make sure they hear about it

2019 28 Feb
5:00pm - 7:00pm

Men and the Gender Equality Revolution - The Time Has Come book launch with Michael Kaufman

From closing the wage gap, challenging toxic masculinity, ending violence against women, to dismantling the patriarchy itself, the time has come for men to join the fight for gender equality.

2019 13 Feb
7:00pm - 9:45pm

Tough Public Conversations: A panel to discuss the launch of Public Influence, A guide to Op-Ed writing and social media influence

Join Mira Sucharov, Fraser Reilly-King, and Christine McAllister for a panel discussion moderated by Joel Westheimer to mark the launch of Sucharov's Public Influence: Op-Ed Writing and Social Media Engagement.

2018 09 Dec
4:00pm - 6:00pm

Side by Side: Writers in Conversation

Join us! Anita Kushwaha, author of Side by Side and special guest Sonia Saikaley, author of A Samurai's Pink House, in conversation.

A book launch for Side by Side, author discussion, and Q & A.
Octopus Books will sell books at this event.

2018 05 Dec
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Ottawa launch of — Gender: Your Guide with Lee Airton

Founder of ‘They is my pronoun’, the NBD Campaign, and Queen’s University Professor–Dr Lee Airton is out with a new book to help folks understand what to know, what to say, and what to do in the new gender culture. Learn more about Dr Le

2018 30 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Book Launch with Aaron Kreuter & Catriona Wright

Three writers, Melissa Bull, Catriona Wright, and Aaron Kreuter will be launching their collections of short stories together with us on November 30! 

2018 22 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Displacing Blackness Book Launch with the Author Ted Rutland in Conversation with Heather Dorries

Urban planning has long been seen as a way of improving human life through spatial means. But what if planning's commitment to human life is the cause of, rather than solution to, the destruction that it often causes?

2018 15 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm

An Evening with Kenn Harper, author of In Those Days, Tales of Arctic Whaling

Kenn Harper is a historian, writer, and linguist, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and a former member of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.

2018 14 Nov
7:00pm - 10:00pm

Swelling With Pride

There’s no straightforward path to LGBTQ2 parenthood and just as every queer person has their own coming out story, every LGBTQ2 family has a unique conception or adoption story.

2018 14 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Swelling with Pride — Book Launch with Sara Graefe and Jane Byers

There’s no straightforward path to LGBTQ2 parenthood and just as every queer person has their own coming out story, every LGBTQ2 family has a unique conception or adoption story.

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.

2018 06 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Beyond the Altar Book Launch with Christine L.M. Gervais

Beyond the Altar illustrates how women religious overcome sexist subjugation by side-stepping the patriarchal power of the Roman Catholic Church.