Archived Community Events

2023 29 Mar
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Dalie Giroux: Colonialism and Everyday Life in Quebec

Join Dalie Giroux, author of The Eye of the Master, for her talk on Colonialism and Everyday Life in Quebec: Images as Stories, part of the Vickers-Verduyn Annual Speaker Series in Canadian Studies, presented by the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies at Carleton University.

2023 26 Mar
2:30pm - 4:30pm

Justice for Hassan Diab Support Event

Please come to a support event for Dr. Hassan Diab and meet him in person before his trial in France. When: Sunday March 26, 2023, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm ET Where: Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre, 355 Cooper St, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Event will be live-streamed on Facebook.
2023 22 Mar

EMWF Book Club: In the Upper Country by Kai Thomas

On March 22 at 7PM ET, Eden Mills Writers' Festival presents their second March Book Club event featuring Ottawa author Kai Thomas in conversation with host Bee Quammie.

2023 21 Mar
7:30pm - 8:30pm

Online Book Event: Good Morning, Sunshine! The Joey Moss Story

Join Octopus Books and the Down Syndrome Association of the National Capital Region for the Ottawa launch of Good Morning Sunshine! The Joey Moss Story. This online event will feature author Lorna Schultz Nicholson and illustrator Alice Carter in conversation with DSANCR member Alayna Giles.
2023 15 Mar

Dr. Jillian Horton in Conversation with Suzette Mayr

Suzette Mayr’s Giller-Prize winning The Sleeping Car Porter transports us to another time and place. But how does a writer “get" there? Dr.

2023 01 Mar

EMWF Book Club: Kinauvit? by Dr. Norma Dunning

On March 1st at 7PM ET, Eden Mills Writers' Festival presents their first March Book Club event featuring Dr.

2023 28 Feb
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Book Launch: I Will Live For Both of Us with Joan Scottie

Join us for the Ottawa launch of I Will Live for Both of Us: A History of Colonialism, Uranium Mining, and Inuit Resistance, with Joan Scottie and co-author Jack Hicks.

2023 16 Feb
2:30pm - 4:30pm

Book Launch: Cross-Border Cosmopolitans

Join the Global Centre for Pluralism for an event to celebrate the launch of Cross-Border Cosmopolitans: Discussing Colonialism, Race and National Security with Dr. Wendell Nii Laryea Adjetey.

2023 15 Feb

EMWF Book Club: We Spread by Iain Reid

On February 15 at 7PM ET, Eden Mills Writers' Festival presents their February Book Club event featuring bestselling author Iain Reid in conversation with host Steven W. Beattie.

2023 25 Jan
5:30pm - 7:00pm

Author Meets Readers: The Political Party in Canada

Author Meets Readers invites Carleton students and the community to join an informal discussion on new books published by members of the Carleton University Faculty of Public Affairs.

2022 14 Dec
7:30pm - 9:00pm

Margaret Macpherson presents Tracking the Caribou Queen

Join us on December 14 at 7:30 pm for an evening celebrating Margaret Macpherson’s Tracking the Caribou Queen. There will be readings from Margaret as well as from guest readers, Anne Marie Todkill (Orion Sweeping) and Michael Blouin (I Am Billy the Kid). Come enjoy book chats, readings, and a warm (or cold) beverage!
2022 02 Dec
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Poetry Reading: Louis Cabri, Jorge Etcheverry, Chris Turnbull

As daylight contracts towards the winter solstice, join us for an evening of poetry with a trio of talented writers.

When: Friday December 2, 7pm
Where: Octopus Books, 116 Third Ave., Ottawa

2022 26 Nov
6:30pm - 8:30pm

Book Launch: The Rooftop Garden by Menaka Raman-Wilms

Join Octopus Books for the launch of The Rooftop Garden, the debut novel by Menaka Raman-Wilms. Featuring the author in conversation with Sarah Everts, journalism professor at Carleton University.

2022 14 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Carleton University Presents: No New Land?

Carleton University and the Ottawa Writers Festival are co-organizing a literary event, “No New Land?,” to explore the entanglements of displacement and belonging.

2022 08 Nov

Book Launch: Aboriginal TM by Jennifer Adese

Join us to celebrate the launch of AboriginalTM with author Jennifer Adese, Canada Research Chair in Métis Women, Politics, and Community and an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at University of Toronto Mississauga.
2022 20 Oct
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Author Meets Readers: Canada’s Past and Future in Latin America by Laura Macdonald

As part of the International Writers Festival, Laura Macdonald will be speaking about her book co-edited with Pablo Heidrich, Canada’s Past and Future in Latin America.

2022 19 Oct
5:00pm - 7:00pm

Book Launch - Atiqput: Inuit Oral History and Project Naming

A book launch celebrating the release of Atiqput: Inuit Oral History and Project Naming, will be taking place at Woodside Hall at the Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre (355 Cooper Street) between 5:00 - 7:00 PM on Wednesday, October

2022 15 Oct
1:00pm - 3:00pm

Book Signing with Kelly Bronson: The Immaculate Conception of Data

Meet author Kelly Bronson for a book signing in front of our store at 116 Third Ave. on Saturday, October 15 from 1pm-3pm.

2022 29 Sep
5:30pm - 7:00pm

Author Meets Readers – Unbound in War? by Sean Richmond

Author Meets Readers invites you to join an informal discussion on new books published by members of the Carleton University Faculty of Public Affairs.
2022 21 Sep

Book Launch: Why Are You Still Here, by Lynda Partridge

Join Octopus Books to celebrate the launch of a new book by Lynda Partridge. Why Are You Still Here? continues the story of Lillian & Kokomis, the award-winning book about a girl of mixed Indigenous and white ancestry living in foster care.
2022 17 Sep
11:00am - 2:00pm

The Merry Dairy visits Octopus Books

We're celebrating the last weekend of summer 2022 with a visit from The Merry Dairy and their truck full of tasty treats!

Come join us on Saturday Sept 17 from 11am-2pm, grab a cone and check out the Merry Dairy's very own recipe book.

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.