Archived Community Events

2022 06 Jul
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Mary-Lou Zeitoun presents Jamilah at the End of the World, with guest E.K. Highland

Join Mary-Lou Zeitoun for a reading and discussion to celebrate the launch of her latest YA novel, Jamilah at the End of the World. Mary-Lou will be joined by special guest E.K.
2022 25 Jun
3:00pm - 5:00pm

Book Signing: Cat's Cradle by Jo Rioux

Meet Jo Rioux, Ottawa author and illustrator of the fantasy-adventure graphic novel trilogy Cat's Cradle, at an outdoor signing at Octopus Books!

2022 25 Jun
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Book Launch: The Refugee by Ainalem Tebeje

Local author Ainalem Tebeje is back with a gripping story of refugee women in her new novel, The Refugee. Inspired by the courage of refugee women, the novel tells the story of women who travel a harrowing journey in search of freedom.

2022 18 Jun
11:00am - 4:00pm

Anabelle Craig: Regarding the Decomposition of Words

Meet local poet Anabelle Craig, first time author of Regarding the Decomposition of Words, for a signing in front of our store at 116 Third Ave on Saturday June 18th from 11am to 4pm.

2022 16 Jun
8:00pm - 9:00pm

Colonialism Past and Present with Veldon Coburn and Joseph Graham

During National Indigenous History Month, Octopus Books invites you to examine the past and present of colonialism in Canada. Historian Joseph Graham will be joined in conversation by Veldon Coburn, assistant professor in the Institute of Canadian and Aboriginal Studies at the University of Ottawa, to discuss their fascinating and insightful new books.

2022 15 Jun
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Online book launch: Women Winning Office by Peggy Nash

Join us for the virtual launch of Women Winning Office: An Activists Guide to Getting Elected, by former NDP Member of Parliament Peggy Nash. Featuring Peggy in conversation with MP Leah Gazan and former Vancouver City Councillor Andrea Reimer, with moderator Fatima Sayed.

2022 10 Jun
8:00pm - 9:00pm

Exploring our dark corners: Readings by Felice Picano and Jeffrey Round

Join Octopus Books in welcoming award-winning authors Felice Picano and Jeffrey Round for readings from their latest books, with host James K. Moran.

2022 09 Jun

Imaginations Ignite! Online kids' book events

Eden Mills Writers' Festival presents Imaginations Ignite, a series of free online book events for kids throughout May & June. Let the teachers in your life know that they can sign their classes up for these fun events for students in grades 1 through 6!
2022 07 Jun
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Women Winning Office with Peggy Nash and Megan Leslie

Join us for the Ottawa book launch of Women Winning Office: An Activists Guide to Getting Elected, by former NDP MP Peggy Nash. Featuring Peggy in conversation with fellow former Member of Parliament Megan Leslie.

2022 31 May
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Book Launch: Sacred Bundles Unborn

Inter Pares is proud to present the virtual launch of Sacred Bundles Unborn with author and activist Morningstar Mercredi on Tuesday, May 31 at 7 pm EDT.

2022 10 May
7:30pm - 9:00pm

Book Launch: Atacama by Carmen Rodriguez

Join author, poet, and activist Carmen Rodríguez for the Ottawa launch of her new novel, Atacama.
2022 07 May
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Great Scoops! The Merry Dairy visits Octopus Books

Ice cream fans won't want to miss this sweet event! To celebrate the launch of their book, Great Scoops: Recipes from a Neighborhood Ice Cream Shop, Ottawa's beloved Merry Dairy ice cream truck will be visiting Octopus Books on Saturday, May 7th from 2pm-4pm with their custom recipes of nut-free premium ice cream and frozen custard.
2022 29 Apr
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Instagram takeover with Samukele Ncube

Join us on Instagram on April 29 at 7pm as we present a live video takeover by Ottawa's Samukele Ncube presenting her book Things I Need to Hear Most.
2022 28 Apr
8:00pm - 9:00pm

Douglas Stuart in conversation

Join New York Times-bestselling author Douglas Stuart in conversation with Roland Gulliver about his new novel, Young Mungo.

2022 21 Apr
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Spring poetry reading: Aaron Kreuter, Nduka Otiono, Sanna Wani

Aaron Kreuter and Sanna Wani join Ottawa's Nduka Otiono to present new works of poetry, hosted by Arc Poetry Magazine and Octopus Books.

2022 13 Apr
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Book Launch: It Should Be Easy to Fix by Bonnie Robichaud

Join us for the online launch of It Should Be Easy to Fix, a new memoir by Bonnie Robichaud. Presented by Between the Lines, the Workers' History Museum, GAIHST, and Octopus Books.

2022 12 Apr
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Henry Milner: An Unconventional Life in Politics and Academia

You are invited to celebrate the Ottawa launch of Henry Milner's political memoir, Participant/Observer: An Unconventional Life in Politics and Academia.
2022 30 Mar
8:00pm - 9:00pm

Radical Trust: Basic Income for Complicated Lives

Authors Evelyn Forget and Hannah Owczar join host Leah Gazan to discuss their book Radical Trust: Basic Income for Complicated Lives.
2022 26 Mar
7:00pm - 9:30pm

Finding the Mother Tree: Public talk with Dr. Suzanne Simard

Finding the Mother Tree: A public talk and discussion with author Dr. Suzanne Simard on the urgent need to rethink our relationship with the natural world.
2022 16 Mar
7:00pm - 8:00pm

EMWF Book of the Month: And a Dog Called Fig by Helen Humphreys

Eden Mills Writers' Festival presents their Book of the Month event for March. Beloved Canadian author Helen Humphreys joins host Susan G. Cole in conversation about her new memoir, And a Dog Called Fig.
2022 15 Mar
6:30pm - 7:30pm

Mary Beard with Tim Gunn: Faces of Power

Called the “world’s most famous classicist,” Beard speaks about her latest book, Twelve Caesars, with a fashion icon who “can’t get enough” of ancient history.

2022 10 Mar
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Daughters of the Deer Launch Celebration

Join Random House Canada and Octopus Books in celebrating the launch of Danielle Daniel's debut adult novel Daughters of the Deer, featuring the author in conversation with writer Kerry Clare.

2022 07 Mar
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Toufah Jallow in conversation with Celina Caesar-Chavannes

Join Toufah Jallow as she discusses her powerful autobiography, Toufah: The Woman Who Inspired an African #MeToo Movement, the incandescent and inspiring memoir from a courageous young woman who, after she was forced to flee to Canada from her home in The Gambia, became the first woman t

2022 03 Mar
8:00pm - 9:00pm

Sheila Heti in conversation with Esi Edugyan

Join internationally acclaimed author Sheila Heti in conversation with Esi Edugyan about her new novel Pure Colour.

2022 24 Feb
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Nora Loreto presents Spin Doctors: How Media and Politicians Misdiagnosed the COVID-19 Pandemic

Join author and activist Nora Loreto for a discussion of her new book, Spin Doctors: How Media and Politicians Misdiagnosed the COVID-19 Pandemic, with Ottawa's Dr. Nili Kaplan-Myrth and host Rick Harp.