Archived Community Events

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.
2022 23 Feb
7:00pm - 8:00pm

EMWF Book of the Month: The Betrayal of Anne Frank by Rosemary Sullivan

Eden Mills Writers' Festival presents their Book of the Month event for February. Author Rosemary Sullivan joins host Deborah Dundas in conversation about her fascinating new book, The Betrayal of Anne Frank.
2022 04 Feb
5:00pm - 6:30pm

Panel discussion of Abolition. Feminism. Now.

Join Angela Y. Davis, Gina Dent, Erica R. Meiners, and Beth E. Richie for an urgent conversation moderated by Mariame Kaba.

2022 26 Jan
7:00pm - 8:00pm

EMWF Book of the Month: What Storm, What Thunder by Myriam J.A. Chancy

Eden Mills Writers' Festival presents their first Book of the Month event of 2022! Award-winning author Myriam J.A. Chancy joins host Bee Quammie in conversation about her new novel, What Storm, What Thunder.
2022 24 Jan
8:00pm - 9:00pm

Vivek Shraya in conversation with David Ross

Join bestselling author and seven-time Lambda Literary Award finalist Vivek Shraya for an evening of conversation about her new book People Change with moderator David Ross.

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

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


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

2021 28 Oct

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.