Archived Community Events

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

An evening of poetry with local authors Robert Hogg, Anne Le Dressay, and Michèle Vinet

Please join us on Thursday, November 14 at 7pm as three Ottawa-area poets read in our store at 116 Third Ave.
2019 13 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Shamans, Spirits and Faith in the Inuit North with Kenn Harper

We invite you to join us for the launch of Kenn Harper's fourth book of collected writings on Artic history, Shamans, Spirits, and Faith in the Inuit North.

2019 11 Nov
2:30pm - 4:30pm

The Spectre of Extinction: Confronting Ghosts in the Museum

Dolly Jørgensen,  Professor of History at the University of Stavanger, Norway, presents her lecture entitled "The Spectre of Extinction: Confronting Ghosts in the Museum".

2019 10 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Tender to the World: Jean Vanier, L'Arche and the United Church of Canada

 The Church Council at Glebe-St James United Church invites all to join them for the launch of Carolyn Whitney-Brown's Tender to the World.

2019 09 Nov
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Recovering Lost Species book launch with author Dolly Jørgensen

Join us for the Ottawa launch of Recovering Lost Species in the Modern Age with author Dolly Jørgensen, a groundbreaking study of how emotions motivate attempts to counter species loss.

2019 05 Nov
7:30pm - 9:30pm

Many Masculinities: Joint book launch by local authors

Join us to celebrate the launch of new books by local Ottawa authors and Carleton University professors Sonya Lipsett-Rivera and  Erica Fraser.

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

Author Readings: Rana Bose with Daniel Beamish

Join us in our store for readings from two new thrilling books by Montreal's Rana Bose and Ottawa's Daniel Beamish. 

2019 30 Oct

Teen Author Fest: Writing Workshop with YA author Kendare Blake

Join #1 New York Times bestselling author Kendare Blake for a talk about her dark, violent YA fantasy books and her writing process, with plenty of time for questions from the audience.

2019 30 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Book launch: Canadian Culture in a Globalized World by Garry Neil

We're pleased to host the launch of Garry Neil's new book, Canadian Culture in a Globalized World. Please join us to celebrate this exciting new book and toast to its author!

2019 24 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Book launch: Beverley McLachlin - The Legacy of a Supreme Court Chief Justice

Join us for the Ottawa launch of a new biography brimming with insight into Beverley McLachlin's unparalleled career as a jurist and leader of the Supreme Court of Canada.

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.