Archived Community Events

2020 10 Dec
11:30am - 1:30pm

Book signing with local author Emma Bider

Meet local author Emma Bider and join us in celebrating the launch of her debut collection of short stories, We Animals. It's a socially distanced book signing, out front of our store!

2020 02 Dec

Fundraiser auction for LGBTQ refugee sponsorship by Everyone's Sister

Click here to visit the auction, on now until midnight on December 2.

Everyone’s Sister is an Ottawa-based volunteer group devoted to privately sponsoring women refugees fleeing war, violence, and persecution, and empowering them to use their skills and abilities to successfully resettle in our community.

The group is seeking to sponsor two incredible LGBTQ siblings and their high-spirited teenage sister who are currently living in great precarity as refugees in Kenya.

2020 29 Nov

Support Hospice Care Ottawa with Virtual Homes for the Holidays 2020

This coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday, we will be donating a portion of our daily sales to Hospice Care Ottawa as part of their Virtual Holiday Pop Up Shop. Hospice Care Ottawa is a community-based charitable organization that offers palliative and end of life programs and services to people living in Ottawa, with no charge to their clients or their families. Their services promote quality in life, compassion in death, and emotional support in bereavement.
2020 14 Nov
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Christian McPherson Poetry Reading - Walking on the Beaches of Temporal Candy

Join At Bay Press and Octopus Books for the release of Christian McPherson's new collection of poetry, Walking on the Beaches of Temporal Candy.

On Saturday November 14th at 7pm, Christian will read from his collection in an online event hosted by Susan Johnston.

2020 13 Nov
6:30pm - 7:30pm

Leslie Roach poetry reading - Finish this Sentence

Join us November 13 to celebrate Finish this Sentence by Ottawa poet Leslie Roach as she reads from her debut collection, in conversation with Gavin Barrett!

2020 20 Oct
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Book Launch: Daughter of Black Lake by Cathy Marie Buchanan

Join Cathy Marie Buchanan, bestselling author of The Painted Girls, for an exclusive virtual launch of her new novel, Daughter of Black Lake.

Buy a signed copy of Daughter of Black Lake from a participating independent retailer (that's us!) to get access to this exclusive virtual event on October 20th. After attending this event you’ll get access to an exclusive video yoga class, hosted by Cathy Marie Buchanan with additional insight into her writing process.

2020 17 Oct
2:30pm - 3:30pm

Book Launch: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Join Matt Haig, bestselling author of Notes on a Nervous Planet, for an exclusive virtual launch of his new novel, The Midnight Library.

Buy a signed copy of The Midnight Library from a participating independent retailer (that's us!) to get access to this exclusive virtual event on October 17th. Matt will be interviewed by author Bianca Marais.

2020 10 Oct

Book Launch: Teaching Mrs. Muddle with Alice Carter

Join us in celebrating the launch of Teaching Mrs. Muddle, a new children's book written by Colleen Nelson and illustrated by Ottawa's own Alice Carter!
2020 08 Oct
12:30pm - 1:30pm

Robyn Maynard | Against the carceral state: Making (Black) freedom in a time of crisis and revolt

On October 8th, the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies at the University of Ottawa presents a viritual talk by Robyn Maynard, keynote speaker of the annual Shirley Greenberg Lecture.

2020 30 Sep
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Reading With Pride - Online Event

Celebrate the launch of three new exceptional works from HarperCollins with #HarperPresents: Reading with Pride

Join us on September 30th at 7pm for an online panel featuring LGBTQ+ authors with newly published novels: Alison Taylor, Natalie Zina Walschots, and Alex Myers in a conversation with Zoe Whittall.

Octopus Books is pleased to be the official bookseller in Ottawa for this event. 

2020 17 Jun

Virtual Book Launch - Stolen by Richard Bell

Octopus Books presents Dr. Richard Bell and his new book, Stolen, a gripping and true story about five boys who were kidnapped in the Antebellum North and smuggled into slavery in the deep south—and their daring attempt to escape and bring their captors to justice.

2020 08 May
2:00pm - 3:00pm

Virtual Book Launch: The Abortion Caravan

On Friday, May 8th, Second Story Press and Octopus Books present a virtual book launch for The Abortion Caravan, featuring a video with author Karin Wells describing what happened when women's rights activists from Vancouver rea

2020 08 Apr

TEDxOttawaSalon: Bold & Brilliant

UPDATE:  In light of recent events regarding COVID-19 and in support of social distancing, the TEDXOttawaSalon BOLD & BRILLIANT scheduled for April 8th is being postponed to a later date TBA.

2020 26 Mar
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Robyn Maynard - Shirley Greenberg Annual Lecture

UPDATE:  In light of recent events regarding COVID-19 and in support of social distancing, the Shirley Greenberg Annual Lecture scheduled for March 26th is being postponed to a later date TBA.

2020 12 Mar

Institute of African Studies 10 Year Anniversary

Join faculty, students, alumni, and the Carleton University community in celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Institute of African Studies! All are welcome to this all-day event, held March 12 at the Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre, 355 Cooper St. 

2020 07 Mar
11:00am - 4:00pm

Ottawa Women's March 2020

On March 7, 2020, at 11:00 a.m., thousands of people will gather on Parliament Hill in support of women’s rights, bodily autonomy, and sexual and reproductive health and rights.

2020 21 Feb
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Israel, Palestine, and the Politics of Race - Ottawa book launch

Join us to celebrate the publication of Israel, Palestine and the Politics of Race. Meet the authors and share a reception with good company.

2020 30 Jan
7:00pm - 9:00pm

When Poverty Mattered: Then and Now

Join author Paul Weinberg in conversation with Tim McSorley, National Coordinator of the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group, for the launch of Weinberg's When Poverty Mattered: Then and Now.

2020 20 Jan
12:00pm - 1:30pm

Book launch: The Queer Aesthetics of Childhood by Hannah Dyer

In The Queer Aesthetics of Childhood, Hannah Dyer offers a study of how children’s art and art about childhood can forecast new models of social life that redistribute care, belonging, and political value.
2019 14 Dec
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Puppy and Kitten Book Party!

Join Ottawa illustrator Alice Carter and Toronto author Theo Heras to celebrate two new picture books for kids, My Puppy Patch and Our New Kittens.

2019 08 Dec
3:30pm - 5:30pm

Cod Collapse: The Rise and Fall of Newfoundland's Saltwater Cowboys

Join author Jenn Thornhill Verma for the launch of her new book, Cod Collapse: The Rise and Fall of Newfoundland's Saltwater Cowboys.

2019 04 Dec
7:00pm - 9:00pm

An evening to celebrate Love Lives Here with author Amanda Jetté Knox

We are thrilled to be celebrating Amanda Jetté Knox's national bestseller, Love Lives Here: A Story of Thriving in a Transgender Family.

2019 21 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Ghost Water Kiss launch with Jessica Bartram

Celebrate the launch of Ghost Water Kiss by Ottawa illustrator, graphic designer, and embroidery enthusiast Jessica Bartram in our store at 116 Third Ave. on November 21st, 7pm-9pm.

2019 15 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Book Launch: Unearthing Justice by Joan Kuyek

The mining industry continues to be at the forefront of colonial dispossession around the world. It controls information about its intrinsic costs and benefits, propagates myths about its contribution to the economy, shapes government policy and regulation, and deals ruthlessly with its opponents.
2019 15 Nov
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Reading by Nigerian-Canadian author, journalist and activist, Chido Onumah

Please join us on November 15 in our store for a reading by Chido Onumah from his provocative book We Are All Biafrans: A participant-observer's interventions in a country sleepwalking to disaster. This free event is presented in collaboration with the Institute of African Studies at Car