Archived Community Events

2021 05 Aug

Care Of: Ivan Coyote in Conversation with Susan G. Cole

Join Ivan Coyote for a lively, intimate and heartful conversation with Susan G. Cole, August 5th at 8pm ET.

2021 18 Jul

Her Story: Emma Donoghue in conversation with Doireann Ní Ghríofa

Throughout history, the intricate and intimate details of women’s lives have too often been revealed only through the male gaze, if not altogether erased.

2021 15 Jul

Peter Wohlleben presents The Heartbeat of Trees

Peter Wohlleben, bestselling author of The Secret Life of Trees, returns to the forest in his new book, The Heartbeat of Trees.

2021 30 Jun
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Virtual Poetry Tour - Featuring Selina Boan, Molly Cross-Blanchard, Dallas Hunt, and Aedan Corey

Join Octopus Books and Arc Poetry Magazine in celebrating new work by 4 amazing poets!

2021 29 Jun
8:00pm - 9:00pm

Michelle Good in conversation with Wabgeshig Rice

Join Michelle Good, bestselling author of Five Little Indians, in conversation with fellow writer Waubgeshig Rice, Tuesday June 29th at 8pm EDT. This virtual event is part of IndieBookFest, presented by HarperCollins Canada.

2021 03 Jun

Book Launch: Ian Roy's The Girl Who Could Fly

Please join us on Thursday, June 3rd for the launch of The Girl Who Could Fly, a novel for middle-grade readers by Ottawa author Ian Roy. Presented by Nevermore Press and Octopus Books.

2021 18 May
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Book Launch: Water Water by Jessica Bromley Bartram

Join us Tuesday, May 18th at 7pm for the virtual launch of Water Water, a beautiful new picture book by Ottawa illustrator Jessica Bromley Bartram.

2021 05 May
7:00pm - 8:15pm

Book Launch: Falling Together by Donna McCart Sharkey

Join author Donna McCart Sharkey for a virtual launch of her new book, Falling Together: A family's story of mental illness and grief, with host Rachel Thibeault.

2021 14 Apr

Book Launch: Hana Khan Carries On by Uzma Jalaluddin

April 14 at 7pm, join Uzma Jalaluddin for an exclusive virtual launch of her new novel, Hana Khan Carries On.

2021 01 Apr
7:00pm - 8:15pm

Book Launch: We All Go Back to the Land by Suzanne Keeptwo

Suzanne Keeptwo presents her new book, We All Go Back to the Land: The Who, Why, and How of Land Acknowledgements, hosted by Dr. David Dean, Professor of History at Carleton University.

2021 25 Mar
7:00pm - 8:15pm

Take Back the Fight: Organizing Feminism for the Digital Age

Writer & activist Nora Loreto presents her new book, Take Back the Fight, in conversation with feminist labour activist Bilan Arte.
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.