Archived Community Events

2016 27 Sep
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Facing the Anthropocene: Fossil Capitalism and the Crisis of the Earth System, Book Launch with Ian Angus

Science tells us that a new and dangerous stage in planetary evolution has begun—the Anthropocene, a time of rising temperatures, extreme weather, rising oceans, and mass species extinctions. Humanity faces not just more pollution or warmer weather, but a crisis of the Earth System.

2016 24 Sep
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Community Classroom: The State of Palestine with Dr. Philip JM Leech

In this September's Community Classroom, we are lucky to have Dr. Philip JM Leech to deliver a lecture based on his PhD dissertation and new book The State of Palestine: A Critical Analysis

2016 20 Sep
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Book Launch with Maude Barlow on Boiling Point: Government Neglect, Corporate Abuse, and Canada’s Water Crisis

7 PM
Tuesday, September 20 2016
Centretown United Church
507 Bank St.

Copies of Boiling Point will be available for purchase!

2016 15 Sep
7:00pm - 9:00pm

An Evening with Award Winning Author and Canada’s seventh Poet Laureate, George Elliott Clarke, Hosted by Journalist Waubgeshig Rice

Award-Winning author George Elliott Clarke will be joined by a fellow published poet, playwright and essayist charles c.

2016 06 Aug
2:00pm - 3:30pm

Parenting Your Way Book Signing with Local Author Kaeli Van Regan


2016 21 Jun
4:00pm - 6:00pm

Immigrant Women: Stories of Resilience and Triumph

The Book Project Collective and Immigrant Women Services Ottawa (IWSO) have come together to showcase brilliant immigrant women. Drawing on stories shared in a recently published collection titled, Resilience and Triumph: Immigrant Women Tell Their Stories.

2016 20 Jun
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Pamela Palmater: Indigenous Nationhood

Well-known Indigenous author, lawyer, activist and academic, Pamela Palmater, will be in Ottawa on Monday June 20 for a launch of her new book: Indigenous Nationhood: Empowering Grassroots Citizens.

2016 16 Jun
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Thirteen Shells Book Launch with Author Nadia Bozak

Spanning the late 1970s to the late 1980s, Nadia Bozak’s thirteen stories are narrated from the perspective of Shell, the only child of bohemian artisans determined to live off their handicrafts and uphold a left-wing lifestyle.

2016 14 Jun
7:00pm - 9:00pm

The Campaign against Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Community Classroom with Human Rights Professor Bill Skidmore

On February 22 2016, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal government joined forces with the official opposition Conservatives  to condemn Canadian organizations, groups and individuals who promote Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) with reference to Israel.

2016 11 Jun
2:00pm - 4:00pm

In This Together: Fifteen Stories of Truth and Reconciliation Book Launch with Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail and Steven Cooper

What is real reconciliation? This collection of essays from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous contributors from across Canada welcomes readers into a timely, healing conversation—one we've longed for but, before now, have had a hard time approaching.

2016 09 Jun
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Laundry Lines, The Escape Artist and The Lebanese Dishwasher - Book Reading

Laundry Lines: A Memoir in Stories and Poems

2016 06 Jun
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Book Launch of Sorting the Beef from the Bull: The Science of Food Fraud Forensics with Nicola Temple

Horsemeat in burgers was hard to swallow, but there are far more sinister culinary crimes afoot...
2016 04 Jun
4:00pm - 6:00pm

The Rule of Law in an Age of Fear: A talk with Dennis Edney, Omar Khadr’s lawyer

The International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group in collaboration with Inter Pares and Octopus Books invites you to The Rule of Law in an Age of Fear: A talk with Dennis Edney, Omar Khadr’s Lawyer

2016 31 May
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Kamal Al-Solaylee In Conversation with CBC's Adrian Harewood on Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (for Everyone)

By the author of the Canada Reads finalist and bestselling Intolerable comes a stunning new book about the meaning of being brown

2016 24 May
7:00pm - 9:00pm

What’s Yours is Mine: Against the Sharing Economy Book Launch with Author Tom Slee

The news is full of their names, supposedly the vanguard of a rethinking of capitalism.

2016 20 May

Sneak preview of short documentary on Dr. Hassan Diab

DON'T MISS A SNEAK PREVIEW OF THE SHORT DOCUMENTARY on Dr. HASSAN DIAB, directed by award-winning filmmaker Amara Wala.

Please come out, watch the short documentary, and hear the latest updates from Hassan’s lawyer,  Don Bayne. There will be plenty of time for Q&A.

2016 18 May
7:00pm - 9:00pm

On Making of Sustainable Cities (Community Classroom) with Delegates of the EU-Canada Municipal Cooperation on Urban Policy

Climate Change is one of the biggest world challenges facing us today.  A rise in global temperatures and a decline in snow and ice cover are directly linked to an increase in incidences of  natural disasters, such as severe storms, wildfires, floods, and earthquakes.

2016 12 May
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Ottawa’s Jail: The Cost of Human Warehousing

MOMS Ottawa (Mothers Offering Mutual Support) in collaboration with CPEP (Criminalization Punishment and Education Project) present a Public Forum on Ottawa’s Jail: The Cost of Human Warehousing 

2016 09 May

Octopus Book Club May 9th Edition: Orlando by Virginia Woolf

Orlando, a young nobleman and one of Queen Elizabeth I’s court favourites, is the object of many ladies’ attentions, but after suffering heartbreak he prefers literary pursuits to entertaining any thoughts of marriage.

2016 07 May
1:30pm - 3:30pm

Bill C-51, Anti-Terrorism Act, Still Needs to be Erased (Community Classroom) with Investigative Journalist Andrew Mitrovica

Bill C-51 also known as Anti-terrorism Act was introduced by the previous Conservative government in early 2015.

2016 04 May
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Book Launch of The Human Kennel and Jail Art Exhibit with Jeannette Tossounian

If you find the jail conditions covered in the news appalling, wait until you read these journals. The Human Kennel follows Jeannette Tossounian while incarcerated for two years in the notorious Vanier Centre for Women, a Detention Centre in Milton, Ontario.

2016 30 Apr
11:00am - 4:00pm

Authors for Indies Day! Celebrating Independent Bookstores!


2016 26 Apr
7:00pm - 9:00pm

An Evening with Geza Tatrallyay and Andrew Caddell

GEZA TATRALLYAY is the author of The Expo Affair released in Spring 2016.

2016 25 Apr
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Octopus Book Club April Edition Part II: Celia's Song by Lee Maracle

Set on the west coast of Vancouver Island, Celia's Song chronicles the experiences of a Sto:lo family over several generations, and vividly brings to life the destructive legacy of colonial times - and a community's capacity for healing.