Archived Community Events

2019 13 Feb
7:00pm - 9:45pm

Tough Public Conversations: A panel to discuss the launch of Public Influence, A guide to Op-Ed writing and social media influence

Join Mira Sucharov, Fraser Reilly-King, and Christine McAllister for a panel discussion moderated by Joel Westheimer to mark the launch of Sucharov's Public Influence: Op-Ed Writing and Social Media Engagement.

2018 09 Dec
4:00pm - 6:00pm

Side by Side: Writers in Conversation

Join us! Anita Kushwaha, author of Side by Side and special guest Sonia Saikaley, author of A Samurai's Pink House, in conversation.

A book launch for Side by Side, author discussion, and Q & A.
Octopus Books will sell books at this event.

2018 05 Dec
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Ottawa launch of — Gender: Your Guide with Lee Airton

Founder of ‘They is my pronoun’, the NBD Campaign, and Queen’s University Professor–Dr Lee Airton is out with a new book to help folks understand what to know, what to say, and what to do in the new gender culture. Learn more about Dr Le

2018 30 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Book Launch with Aaron Kreuter & Catriona Wright

Three writers, Melissa Bull, Catriona Wright, and Aaron Kreuter will be launching their collections of short stories together with us on November 30! 

2018 22 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Displacing Blackness Book Launch with the Author Ted Rutland in Conversation with Heather Dorries

Urban planning has long been seen as a way of improving human life through spatial means. But what if planning's commitment to human life is the cause of, rather than solution to, the destruction that it often causes?

2018 15 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm

An Evening with Kenn Harper, author of In Those Days, Tales of Arctic Whaling

Kenn Harper is a historian, writer, and linguist, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and a former member of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.

2018 14 Nov
7:00pm - 10:00pm

Swelling With Pride

There’s no straightforward path to LGBTQ2 parenthood and just as every queer person has their own coming out story, every LGBTQ2 family has a unique conception or adoption story.

2018 14 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Swelling with Pride — Book Launch with Sara Graefe and Jane Byers

There’s no straightforward path to LGBTQ2 parenthood and just as every queer person has their own coming out story, every LGBTQ2 family has a unique conception or adoption story.

2018 13 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm

OCTOPUS BOOKS COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Challenges Facing Violence Against Women Shelters in Canada

This community classroom will explore the roles that violence against women shelters and transition houses play across Canada.

2018 06 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Beyond the Altar Book Launch with Christine L.M. Gervais

Beyond the Altar illustrates how women religious overcome sexist subjugation by side-stepping the patriarchal power of the Roman Catholic Church.

2018 05 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm

An Evening with Bruce Campbell, the Author of The Lac-Mégantic Rail Disaster: Public Betrayal, Justice Denied

The July 6, 2013 Lac-Mégantic rail disaster is a tragedy unparalleled in Canadian history. It resulted in major loss of life, massive environmental destruction and the evisceration of a small Quebec town.

2018 03 Nov
2:00pm - 4:00pm

No Place To Go Book Launch with the author Lezlie Lowe

This book is Number One in addressing the politics of where we're allowed to "go" in public. Adults don't talk about the business of doing our business.

2018 01 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Reading with Women Creative Writers, Rebecca Higgins and Sarah Feldman, in Celebration of their debut collections!

In celebration of two women creative writers and their debut collections of short stories and poems, please join us in an evening with Rebecca Higgins and Sarah Feldman!

2018 30 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Ongoing Genocide Book Launch with the Author Dr. Bruce Clark

Bruce Clark spent forty-six years defending the rights of Natives across North America.

2018 25 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Getting to Zero Book Launch, Author Tony Clarke in Conversation with National Observer's Mike De Souza

Canadians have been coming to a greater understanding of the threat posed by global warming and the need for urgent action by governments, industry and the public at large. The Trudeau government has, more or less, taken up the cause.

2018 24 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Dissident Knowledge in Higher Education Book Launch with Marc Spooner, James McNinch and Joel Westheimer

Current global trends suggest a time of exciting possibility for scholars as critical, community-engaged, and participatory epistemologies come to the fore.

2018 23 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm

The Historical Parcours of Sicily’s Culinary Heritage, Rosamaria D'Amico Durand, author of The Basta Basta Kitchen Cookbook, In Conversation with Giacomo Panico

The Basta Basta Kitchen Cookbook: Sicilian Family Recipes and Gastro Memories is a book of family memories around the table and in the kitchen. It weaves biography, history, food and recipes.

2018 16 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Taking the Rap: Women Doing Time for Society’s Crimes, Author Ann Hansen In Conversation with Senator Kim Pate

When Ann Hansen was arrested in 1983 along with the four other members of the radical anarchist group known as the Squamish Five, her long-time commitment to prison abolition suddenly became much more personal.

2018 13 Oct
1:00pm - 5:15pm


A gallery tour and public meeting organized by the Ottawa New Socialists, on the occasion of the National Gallery’s photo and film exhibit “Anthropocene” (opens September 28th)

2018 12 Oct
7:00am - 9:00am

Red Light Labour: Sex Work Regulation, Agency, and Resistance!

Edited by Elya M. Durisin, Emily van der Meulen and Chris Bruckert, this new collection published by the University of British Columbia Press advocates for social and economic justice within a sex-work-as-work framework.

2018 10 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Left, Right — Marching to the Beat of Imperial Canada Book Launch with Yves Engler

The left is supposed to be opposed to colonialism and at least skeptical of nationalism. However, Left, Right shows that, for decades now, this hasn’t been the case in Canada.

2018 04 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Always with me: Parents Talk About the Death of a Child Book Launch

How does a parent cope after the death of a child? Each essay in Always With Me: Parents Talk about the Death of a Child reveals the experiences of parents who have lived through the devastation and upheaval of their child’s death.

2018 02 Oct
7:00pm - 8:30pm

GAYBCs: A Queer Alphabet Book Launch with author Rae Congdon and artist Karuna Vellino

GAYBCs is a cheeky, progressive adult alphabet book that celebrates and illuminates LGBTQ terminology.

What would happen if someone picked up a classic ABC book, crossed out the words, and replaced them with LGBTQ terms?

2018 01 Oct
5:00pm - 8:00pm




2018 29 Sep
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Angus All Aglow, a Picture Book, Book Launch with Illustrator Alice Carter

Angus loves sparkly things, so much so that he can hear them. To Angus, shiny objects not only look beautiful; they also crackle, buzz and go whiz-bang-POP!