Archived Community Events

2021 03 Dec
1:30pm - 2:30pm

Why Reconciliation Fails Indigenous Peoples and How to Fix It: A Conversation around Bruce McIvor’s Standoff

Faced with a constant stream of news reports of standoffs and confrontations, Canada’s “reconciliation project” has obviously gone off the rails.

2021 02 Dec
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Rick Mercer in conversation with Alan Doyle

Spend an evening with political satirist Rick Mercer discussing his new memoir in conversation with musician Alan Doyle.

2021 01 Dec
8:00pm

Ann Patchett presents These Precious Days

Spend an evening with beloved New York Times bestselling author Ann Patchett as she reflects on stories of home, family, friendships and writing in this deeply personal collection of essays.

2021 02 Nov
8:00pm - 9:00pm

Amor Towles presents The Lincoln Highway

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Spend an evening with author Amor Towles discussing his stylish and propulsive new novel set in 1950s America, The Lincoln Highway.

2021 28 Oct
8:00pm

David A. Robertson in conversation with Susin Nielsen

Spend an evening with award-winning author David A. Robertson, discussing the second book in his Narnia-inspired Indigenous middle-grade fantasy series with fellow author Susin Nielsen.

2021 27 Oct
7:00pm - 8:45pm

Gehl v Canada: Challenging Sex Discrimination in the Indian Act

The University of Regina Press and Octopus Books invite you to join us in celebration of Lynn Gehl's new book, Gehl v Canada: Challenging Sex Discrimination in the Indian Act.

2021 26 Oct
8:00pm

Chris Hadfield in conversation with Teddy Wilson

Spend an evening with #1 bestselling Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, discussing his Cold War thriller The Apollo Murders with television host Teddy Wilson.

2021 23 Oct
12:00pm - 2:00pm

Book Signing: Death & Sparkles with Rob Justus

Ottawa-area author/illustrator Rob Justus will be signing copies of his debut graphic novel, Death & Sparkles, out front of Octopus Books at 116 Third Ave on Saturday, October 23 from 12pm.

2021 19 Oct
7:00pm

Jonathan Franzen in Conversation with Ian Brown

Spend an evening with Jonathan Franzen, discussing his highly anticipated new novel Crossroads in conversation with writer Ian Brown.

2021 19 Oct
10:00am - 10:45am

EMWF Kids: Ga’s/The Train by Jodie Callaghan

School groups, online learners, and families are invited to join us for a special literary event during Ontario Public Library Week.

2021 14 Oct
8:00pm

Jesse Wente in conversation with Matt Galloway

A prominent Indigenous voice uncovers the lies and myths that affect relations between white and Indigenous peoples and the power of narrative to emphasize truth over comfort.

2021 13 Oct
7:00pm

Writers Panel: Jayne Allen, Myriam J.A. Chancy, and Kaitlyn Greenidge with host Jael Richardson

Join us on Wednesday, October 13 at 7:00 pm ET as three incredible authors discuss their latest books with host Jael Richardson. Purchasing a participating book gives you access to this live virtual event, organized by HarperCollins Canada in partnership with independent bookstores like Octopus Books.

2021 07 Oct
8:00pm - 9:00pm

Writers Panel: The Writing Life

As a booklover, you’ve probably wondered about the authors who transform ideas into novels. What inspires them? Who reads their first drafts? Where do they find the voices of their characters? In the final adult event of EMWF’s 2021 series, join Omar El Akkad, Jael Richardson, Nicholas Ruddock and Kim Thúy as they provide a peek behind the curtain, giving us the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the writing life.
2021 07 Oct
8:00pm

Katherena Vermette in conversation with Candy Palmater

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2021 SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE

From the bestselling author of The Break comes a staggering intergenerational saga that explores how connected we are, even when we’re no longer together—even when we’re forced apart.

2021 04 Oct
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Richard Powers in conversation with Alyssa York

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2021 BOOKER PRIZE

Spend an evening with Richard Powers, discussing his powerful new novel Bewilderment with fellow writer Alyssa York.

2021 30 Sep
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Suffer the Little Children: Tamara Starblanket on genocide, Indigenous Nations and the Canadian State

Join us on Truth and Reconciliation Day for an online conversation with legal scholar Tamara Starblanket on genocide, Indigenous Nations and the Canadian state. Hosted by Ketty Nivyabandi, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada (English speaking Branch), and Octopus Books.

2021 29 Sep
8:00pm - 9:00pm

Colson Whitehead in conversation with Elamin Abdelmahmoud

Spend an evening with two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead, discussing his gloriously entertaining novel of heists, shakedowns and rip-offs set in Harlem in the 1960s with CBC podcaster Elamin Abdelmahmoud.

2021 16 Sep
8:00pm - 9:30pm

Writers Panel: Where is Home?

Presenters: Silmy Abdullah, Kazim Ali, Kamal Al-Solaylee
Host: Bee Quammie

“Places do not belong to us. We belong to them.” – Kazim Ali

2021 16 Sep
7:30pm - 8:30pm

Diverse Kids Lit on Instagram Live with Valene Campbell and Ekiuwa Aire

Join award-winning children's authors Valene Campbell and Ekiuwa Aire for a dynamic and educational virtual storytime experience! Learn about strong women leaders from ancient and present day Africa, and the importance of diverse children's literature.

2021 26 Aug
8:00pm - 9:00pm

Writers Panel: Women, Interrupted

Tune in on August 26th at 8pm ET for an online panel which will explore the world through the eyes of complex female characters who come alive in the pages of four vibrant new works of fiction. Join Zoe Whittall in conversation with Emily Austin, Shashi Bhat and Uzma Jalaluddin as they introduce you to fictional women you won’t soon forget.

2021 26 Aug
8:00pm - 9:00pm

Miriam Toews in conversation with Shelagh Rogers

Spend an evening with bestselling author Miriam Toews in conversation with Shelagh Rogers about her funny, smart, headlong rush of a novel Fight Night.

2021 05 Aug
8:00pm

Care Of: Ivan Coyote in Conversation with Susan G. Cole

Join Ivan Coyote for a lively, intimate and heartful conversation with Susan G. Cole, August 5th at 8pm ET.

2021 18 Jul
2:00pm

Her Story: Emma Donoghue in conversation with Doireann Ní Ghríofa

Throughout history, the intricate and intimate details of women’s lives have too often been revealed only through the male gaze, if not altogether erased.

2021 15 Jul
1:00pm

Peter Wohlleben presents The Heartbeat of Trees

Peter Wohlleben, bestselling author of The Secret Life of Trees, returns to the forest in his new book, The Heartbeat of Trees.

2021 30 Jun
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Virtual Poetry Tour - Featuring Selina Boan, Molly Cross-Blanchard, Dallas Hunt, and Aedan Corey

Join Octopus Books and Arc Poetry Magazine in celebrating new work by 4 amazing poets!

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