Archived Community Events

2019 24 Oct
6:30pm - 8:30pm

Are We Done Fighting? Building Understanding in a World of Hate and Division

Hateful political and social divisions that can cascade into violence are threatening to pull the world apart. Responding to fear and aggression strategically and with compassion is vital if we are to push back against the politics of hate and live in greater safety and harmony.

2019 23 Oct

Teen Author Fest: Writing Workshop with YA author Gloria Chao

Gloria Chao is the critically acclaimed author of American Panda, Our Wayward Fate, and Rent a Boyfriend (fall 2020).

2019 22 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Naomi K. Lewis reading from Tiny Lights for Travellers

Octopus Books presents author Naomi K. Lewis reading from her new book, Tiny Lights for Travellers, shortlisted for the 2019 Governor General’s Literary Award for non-fiction.

2019 19 Oct
11:00am - 12:00pm

Illustrator Charlene Chua presents Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao

Meet the funny, fierce, and fearless Amy Wu, who is determined to make a perfect bao bun today. Can she rise to the occasion? Amy loves to make bao with her family. But it takes skill to make the bao taste and look delicious. And her bao keep coming out all wrong.

2019 16 Oct

Teen Author Fest: Writing Workshop with YA author S.K. Ali

S.K. will talk about her YA novels, Saints and Misfits and Love from A to Z, and discuss creative writing, the writing process and author life.

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

Book Launch: Exquisite Mariposa by Fiona Alison Duncan

In the aftermath of a reality TV deal gone wrong, Fiona Alison Duncan asks the question, Can you rewrite your life? The answer, her debut novel Exquisite Mariposa, follows a cast of housemates as they navigate questions of art making and economies, breakups and breakdowns, and the internet and its many obsessions.
2019 09 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm

The Smart City in a Digital World | Book Launch with Vincent Mosco

What makes a city smart? Join us for the launch of Vincent Mosco's latest book, The Smart City in a Digital World, which takes on this question by describing, challenging, and offering democratic alternatives to the view that the answer begins and ends with technology.
2019 02 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Annahid Dashtgard: Breaking the Ocean | Ottawa Book Launch

Join author Annahid Dashtgard in conversation with Mojdeh Cox for the Ottawa launch of Dashtgard’s Breaking the Ocean: A Memoir of Race, Rebellion, and Reconciliation.

2019 02 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Icehouse & Friends Poetry Launch

Join us for an evening of poetry and discussion at the Icehouse & Friends Poetry Launch, presented in collaboration with Goose Lane Editions.

2019 14 Sep
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Heineken in Africa by Olivier van Beemen | Ottawa Book Launch

Join us for the Ottawa launch of "Heineken in Africa: A Multinational Unleashed", award-winning Dutch journalist Olivier van Beemen's eye-opening investigation into the beer giant's excesses and tribulations in Africa. Presented by Octopus Books.

2019 25 Aug
3:00pm - 4:30pm

Ottawa Pride event: Book signing with Meat & Bone author Kat Verhoeven

For Ottawa Pride 2019, we are excited to announce that Kat Verhoeven will be in our store to meet, greet, and sign copies of her newest graphic novel. "Meat and Bone" is a queer slice-of-life drama about women, body image, dating, and eating.

2019 25 Jun
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Book Launch: Ghosts Within by Garry Leech

Join us for an evening of readings, music, and conversation with author and journalist Garry Leech.

2019 11 Jun
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Book Launch: The Allspice Bath by Sonia Saikaley, with guests Anita Kushwaha and Ian Thomas Shaw

Please join us for a celebratory evening of readings and discussion at the Ottawa book launch for The Allspice Bath by Sonia Saikaley.
2019 30 May
7:00pm - 10:00pm

An evening to celebrate Libby Davies and the publication of her new book Outside In

Join Libby Davies for the launch of Outside In,  a political and personal memoir of her forty years of work at the intersection of politics and social movements. Featuring a conversation between Libby Davies and Kathleen Monk, with special guest Monia Mazigh.

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

A New Kind of Union with Fred Wilson and Maude Barlow

Join Fred Wilson and Maude Barlow for the Ottawa launch of A New Kind of Union: Unifor and the Birth of the Modern Canadian Union.

2019 16 May
7:00pm - 8:30pm

From Turtle Island to Gaza - David Groulx book launch

Please join us for the launch of David Groulx's newest book of poetry, From Turtle Island to Gaza.

2019 14 May
6:30pm - 9:00pm

Book Launch: Cracking Labour's Glass Ceiling

Activists Bilan Arte and Preethy Sivakumar will join four of the authors, Morna Ballantyne, Bev Burke, Suzanne Doerge, and Jane Stinson, for a panel discussion about women's union education, transforming unions, and more.

2019 13 May
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Storytelling event: The 1919 Winnipeg General Strike

Ruth Stewart-Verger's grandparents lived in Winnipeg in May of 1919 at the time of the Winnipeg General Strike. You are invited for an evening of storytelling as Ruth recounts her family's stories of Grandfather William Coulter, one of the Strike Committee of 100.

2019 28 Apr
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Book Launch: Winnipeg 1919 with Christo Aivalis

The Winnipeg General Strike of 1919 remains the single largest labour action in Canadian history, and a watershed in the evolution of the country.

2019 23 Apr
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Three Feminists on Fear and Liberation in Canadian Politics

Nasreen Rajani and Kim Dubé join author Alexa Conradi in a conversation about themes in her new book Fear, Love and Liberation in Contemporary Quebec in a launch hosted by Octopus Books.

2019 11 Apr
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Lillian and Kokomis book launch with Lynda Partridge

Lillian is a girl of mixed Indigenous and white ancestry who has been shuffled from foster home to foster home as long as she can remember. At school, she doesn’t feel like she fits in with the white kids and doesn’t fit in with the Indigenous kids either.

2019 26 Mar
6:00pm - 8:00pm

The Case of Windy Lake - join Michael Hutchinson to celebrate his new book

The Mighty Muskrats won’t let a mystery go unsolved!

2019 17 Mar
1:00pm - 3:00pm

Canada Needs a Green New Economy

Green Screen presents:


A Film Screening & Panel Discussion co-hosted by the Ottawa-Vanier NDP

Here’s an opportunity to join the debate over the “Green New Deal” and make sure they hear about it

2019 28 Feb
5:00pm - 7:00pm

Men and the Gender Equality Revolution - The Time Has Come book launch with Michael Kaufman

From closing the wage gap, challenging toxic masculinity, ending violence against women, to dismantling the patriarchy itself, the time has come for men to join the fight for gender equality.