Archived Community Events

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.

2017 21 Feb
6:30pm - 9:30pm

(Octopus Books Community Classroom) Being Muslim, Becoming Black: Navigating the Intersection of Islamophobia and Anti-Black Racism in Canada

In collaboration with Muslim Link, Ottawa's online Muslim community newspaper, this community classroom is to explore the resistance and resilience of Black Muslims in Canada as they face discrimination and erasure in the mainstream narratives of

2017 08 Feb
7:30pm - 9:00pm

HOPE HAS TWO DAUGHTERS, Monia Mazigh in Conversation with Adrian Harewood

Unwilling to endure a culture of silence and submission, and disowned by her family, Nadia leaves her native Tunisia in 1984 amidst deadly violence, chaos, and rioting brought on by rising food costs, eventually emigrating to Canada to begin her life.

2017 07 Feb
4:00pm - 8:00pm

Book Club: Worldly Goods by Alice Pattersen

Please RSVP by e-mailing events@octopusbooks.ca

2017 31 Jan
7:00pm - 9:00pm

An Evening with Jim Bronskill and David McKie on Your Right To Privacy: Minimize Your Digital Footprint

Hacking, snooping, data mining: all commonplace in the digital era. At work, on the road, even at home, your personal information can be seen and shared, your privacy violated.

2017 26 Jan
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Songs Upon the Rivers Book Launch with Co-Author Sébastien Malette

Join us for an evening with author Sébastien Malette to discuss his latest book Songs Upon the Rivers: The Buried History of the French-Speaking Canadiens and Métis from the Great Lakes and the Mississippi across to the Pacific.

2017 11 Jan
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Blood of Extraction Book Launch with Todd Gordon and Jeffery R. Webber

Rooted in thousands of pages of Access to Information documents and dozens of interviews carried out throughout Latin America, Blood of Extraction examines the increasing presence of Canadian mining companies in Latin America and the environmental and human rights abuses that have occurr

2016 06 Dec
6:00pm - 7:30pm

Book Club: I am Woman

In December, we will discuss I am Woman written by one of the foremost Native writers in North America, Lee Maracle, at our book club.  In this visionary book, Lee Maracle links her First Nations heritage with feminism. 

2016 01 Dec
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Northern Lights Exploring Canada’s Think Tank Landscape with Author Donald E. Abelson

Think tanks are often thought of as a uniquely US phenomenon. Although the largest concentration of think tanks is in the United States, they can be found in virtually every country.

2016 01 Dec
2:30pm - 4:30pm

The Greatest Films, A Poem by Faizal Deen Book Launch

This long poem addresses the imaginations of cultural hybridity as they are formed through passages between real and imagined homelands and host lands, be they Guyana, Canada, or India.

2016 29 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Community Classroom: TALKING FREE IN TURKEY’S ACADEMIA, a Lecture by Turkish visiting professor Dr. Simten Cosar

University structures have been under transformation for three decades in Turkey. As of January 2016 this transformation entered a new stage, with the government’s incessant measures that so far curbed down any means for searching and advocating for academic rights and liberties.

2016 24 Nov
6:30pm

Books and Biryani 2016 - Reconciliation: Listening to Aboriginal History with Waubgeshig Rice

On behalf of the Ottawa chapter of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women, you are invited to attend chapter two of Reconciliation: Listening to Aboriginal History.

2016 22 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm

A Propaganda System: How Canada’s Government, Corporations, Media and Academia Sell War and Exploitation with Yves Engler

A Propaganda System: How Canada’s Government, Corporations, Media and Academia Sell War and Exploitation reveals why most Canadians believe their country is a force for good in the world, despite a long history of supporting empire, racism and exploitation.

2016 17 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Keywords for Radicals Book Launch with Kelly Fritsch, Stacy Douglas, Dan Irving and Rebecca Schein

In Keywords (1976), Raymond Williams devised a "vocabulary" that reflected the vast social transformations of the post-war period.

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