Archived Community Events

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.

2017 03 Apr
7:30pm

Towards a Prairie Atonement with Trevor Herriot

Towards a Prairie Atonement addresses the question of our relationship with the land. Enlisting the help of a Metis Elder, Trevor Herriot revisits the history of one corner of the Great Plains.

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

Chasing Trump: A conversation on journalism, culture and politics between USA TODAY Network Features Editor Nichelle Smith and CBC Ottawa at 6 Host Adrian Harewood

“Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but they are not entitled to their own facts.” -Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York

"Alternative facts are not facts. They are falsehoods," - journalist Chuck Todd, “Meet the Press”

2017 29 Mar
5:30pm - 7:30pm

STRANGER THAN FICTION: An evening with U.S. media analyst Tom Rosenstiel

Tom Rosenstiel, head of the Washington-based American Press Institute, will be in Ottawa to launch his first work of fiction, the political thriller Shining City, and also to launch into a discussion of the stranger than fiction world of the news media and the Trump presidency.

2017 29 Mar
3:00pm - 4:30pm

Book Launch: Welcome to Greater Edendale, Histories of Environment, Health, and Gender in an African City

In the coming decades, the bulk of Africa's anticipated urban population growth will take place in smaller cities.

2017 28 Mar
7:00pm - 9:00pm

(Octopus Books Community Classroom) On Economic Security: The Big Picture

This community classroom is developed in response to a phenomenon of increasing precarious work across industries therefore increasing economic insecurity.

2017 27 Mar
5:00pm - 7:00pm

Jamie Swift on the Vimy Trap

The story of the bloody 1917 Battle of Vimy Ridge is, according to many of today’s tellings, a heroic founding moment for Canada. This noble, birth-of-a-nation narrative is regularly applied to the Great War in general. Yet this mythical tale is rather new.

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

Living on the Land: Indigenous Women’s Understanding of Place with Kahente Horn-Miller and Zoe Todd

We are thrilled Kahente Horn-Miller and Zoe Todd,  two contributors to Living on the Land: Indigenous Women’s Understanding of Place, will be with us to discuss this book! 

2017 15 Mar
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Advancing Nonviolence and Social Transformation Book Launch

Please join co-editors and six Ottawa-based contributors: Sophie Cloutier, Heather Eaton, Richard Feist, Eileen Kerwin Jones, Lauren Michelle Levesque, Noel Salmond and Martin Samson in a discussion of Advancing Nonviolence and Social Transformation!

2017 07 Mar
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Book Club: Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis

Our book club will be discussing Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis on Tuesday, March 7th. If you are interested in joining us please RSVP at events@octopusbooks.ca

2017 03 Mar
5:30pm - 8:00pm

Animal Metropolis: Histories of Human-Animal Relations in Urban Canada Book Launch with Joanna Dean, William Knight and Christabelle Sethna

Animal Metropolis brings a Canadian perspective to the growing field of animal history, ranging across species and cities, from the beavers who engineered Stanley Park to the carthorses who shaped the city of Montreal.

2017 28 Feb
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Firewater & The Power of Stories: An Evening with Cree Author Harold Johnson

Harold Johnson is the author of Firewater: How Alcohol Is Killing My People (and Yours) short-listed for 2016 Governor General's Literary Award (non-fiction).

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

Black History Month: Flying Fish in the Great White North Book Launch with the Author Christopher Stuart Taylor

Please join us celebrating Black History Month with author Christopher Stuart Taylor in a discussion of his new book Flying Fish in the Great White North: The Autonomous Migration of Black Barbadians. Dr.

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