Archived Community Events

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.

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.