Archived Community Events

2018 26 Sep
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Octopus Books Community Classroom: Contesting Total Institutions: How to use Access to Information / Freedom of Information for research, journalism, resistance

Join the authors of Policing Indigenous Movements: Dissent and the Security State, Andrew Crosby and Jeff Monaghan, for a discussion of how to use Access to Information (ATI) or Freedom of Information (FOI) processes to research or investigate the practices of powerful (and often secreti

2018 26 Sep
6:30pm - 9:30pm

Ottawa Talk: Dorothy Phillips - Victor and Evie

Dorothy Phillips, author of Victor and Evie: British Aristocrats in Wartime Rideau Hall, will give a brief talk at the Ottawa Public Library Main Branch as part of their Heri

2018 20 Sep
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Putting Trials on Trial: Sexual Assault and the Failure of the Legal Profession with the Author Elaine Craig, In Conversation with Elizabeth Sheehy

Over the past few years, public attention focused on the Jian Ghomeshi trial, the failings of Judge Greg Lenehan in the Halifax taxi driver case, and the judicial disciplinary proceedings against former Justice Robin Camp have placed the sexual assault trial process under significant scrutiny.

2018 19 Sep
7:30pm - 9:30pm

Corporatizing Canada: Making Business out of Public Service Book Launch

Over the past thirty years corporatization has transformed the public sector in Canada.

2018 18 Sep
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Octopus Books Community Classroom: How technology is changing our life and the future of work

Author, futurist, and serial entrepreneur Sylvain Rochon will illustrate how robots and artificial intelligence (AI) will be capable of replacing human workers within the next 25 years. Sylvain will explain the differences between the AI-assisted human work we see today and the AI of tomorrow.

2018 18 Sep
7:00pm - 9:00pm

OCTOPUS BOOKS COMMUNITY CLASSROOM 2018 FALL EDITION

Octopus Books Community Classroom was created to promote conversations and the exchange of ideas in support of emancipation and activism. This fall, we have a few community classrooms planned with a wide range of topics. The ones confirmed are listed below.

2018 17 Sep
7:00pm - 9:00pm

An Evening with Harley Rustad, author of Big Lonely Doug: The Story of One of Canada's Last Great Trees

Big Lonely Doug weaves the ecology of old-growth forests, the legend of the West Coast’s big trees, the turbulence of the logging industry, the fight for preservation, the contention surrounding ecotourism, First Nations land and resource rights, and the fraught future of these ancient f

2018 11 Sep
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Last Night of the World Book Launch with Award-winning Literary Journalist Joyce Wayne

Joyce Wayne is an award-winning literary journalist, a former editor at Quill & Quire and the author of the historical novel The Cook’s Temptation (Mosaic Press, 2013).

2018 28 Aug
6:30pm - 8:30pm

OCTOPUS BOOKS COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Challenging Islamophobia in "Progressive" Spaces with Chelby Marie Daigle

In this community classroom, Chelby Marie Daigle will be mining her own personal experience of being the target of Islamophobia in a "feminist" workspace and a workplace focused on countering racism, to explore how Islamophobia is manifesting in spaces that claim to be socially inclusive. 

2018 24 Jul
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Community Classroom: On International Labour Rights Issues with Canadian Garment Companies

Dave Welsh is a Canadian lawyer and the Country Director for the AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labour - Congress of Industrial Organizations) Solidarity Center in Indonesia and Malaysia.

2018 19 Jul
4:00pm - 6:00pm

Book Launch: The Politics of Painting: Fascism and Japanese Art during the Second World War by Asato Ikeda

Please join us Thursday, July 19th from 4:00-6:00pm in 201D St. Patrick’s, Carleton University for the Ottawa launch of The Politics of Painting: Fascism and Japanese Art during the Second World War, written by Dr.

2018 11 Jul
6:30pm - 8:00pm

Ayesha At Last Reading with the author Uzma Jalaluddin

Uzma Jalaluddin, a high school teacher, writes Samosas and Maple Syrup, a regular column about modern Muslim life for the Toronto Star. She’s also been a guest on the TV show Cityline, speaking on the Muslim experience.

2018 10 Jul
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Official Launch of Finding the Way: A Novel of Lao Tzu with Wayne Ng

Please join Wayne Ng for the official launch of his book, Finding the Way: A Novel of Lao Tzu. Wayne will be discussing the novel and signing copies.

Rooted in history, inspired by legend.

2018 26 Jun
7:00pm - 9:00pm

An evening with Award-Winning Author Tim Wynne-Jones, author of The Ruinous Sweep

Tim Wynne-Jones is the accomplished author of numerous young adult novels, including The Emperor of Any Place, which earned seven starred reviews, Blink & Caution, winner of the 2012 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, and The Uninvited. In 2012 he was named an Officer of

2018 19 Jun
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Women in Criminal Justice with Senator Kim Pate, Jill Presser and William Trudell

Women in Criminal Justice: True Cases by and About Canadian Woman and the Law is the fourth book in Durvile’s True Cases series.

2018 18 Jun
4:30pm - 6:00pm

Book Launch Q&A - Toward Equity and Inclusion in Canadian Cities

Dr. Doaa Saddek, senior evaluator at the Federal Government and Chair of the Professional Learning Committee at the Canadian Evaluation Society, will interview the editors Fran Klodawsky, Janet Siltanen, and Caroline Andrew in a “talk show” format.

2018 16 Jun
10:30am - 12:00pm

Reading LeMay Valley Friends: The Adventures of Sammy, Bart and Ruskin (Kids Book) with author Daphne McFee

The Valley of LeMay is home to many animals and friends, all of whom have experienced their own challenges and life lessons. Every day, there is something happening… always an adventure to be had!

2018 13 Jun
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Ohpikiihaakan-ohpihmeh (Raised somewhere else) Book Launch with Author Colleen Cardinal

During the 60s Scoop, over 20,000 Indigenous children in Canada were removed from their biological families, lands and culture and trafficked across provinces, borders and overseas to be raised in non-Indigenous households.

2018 08 Jun
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Keetsahnak Book Launch with Beverly Jacobs and Brenda Macdougall

In Keetsahnak / Our Murdered and Missing Indigenous Sisters edited by Kim Anderson, Maria Campbell and Christi Belcourt, the tension between personal, political, and public action is brought home starkly.

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

Ottawa Launch of South Shore Suite...POEMS with JC Sulzenko

Prince Edward County publisher Brian Flack gives his reasons for electing to publish JC’s lyric and narrative poetry in PPP’s inaugural publishing program.

2018 31 May
7:30pm - 9:30pm

Dual Book Launch in Commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the Nakba with Nahla Abdo and Marcello Di Cintio

Nahla Abdo, the co-editor of An Oral History of the Palestinian Nakba and Marcello Di Cintio, author of Pay No Heed to the Rockets: Palestine in the Present Tense, will join us to discuss their books in commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the Nakba.

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

Policing Indigenous Movements Book Launch with Andrew Crosby and Jeffrey Monaghan

In recent years, Indigenous peoples have led a number of high profile movements fighting for social and environmental justice in Canada.

2018 28 May
7:00pm - 9:00pm

The Contradictions of Pension Fund Capitalism Book Launch with Chris Roberts and Kevin Skerrett

It is often hoped and assumed that union stewardship of pension investments will produce tangible and enduring benefits for workers and their communities while minimizing the negative effects of what are now global and intensely competitive capital markets.

2018 24 May
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Official Launch of Crooked Corrections with author Jeannette Tossounian

CROOKED CORRECTIONS is the final in Jeannette Tossounian's acclaimed Jail Trilogy. The other two titles from this trilogy are: Songs from the Slammer and The Human Kennel.

2018 16 May
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Reading of The Philistine, a novel by Leila Marshy

Montrealer Leila Marshy is of Palestinian-Newfoundland heritage—she can tell a good joke, but it bombs. She has been a filmmaker, a baker, an app designer, a marketer, a farmer, and editor of online culture journal Rover Arts.

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