Archived Community Events

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!

2018 28 Sep
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Poetry Reading with Steve Luttrell, Cameron Anstee and Natalie Hanna

Steve Luttrell is the founder and publishing editor of the acclaimed Café Review, which has published for a remarkable 25 years and printed the work of twelve Pulitzer Prize winners.

2018 26 Sep
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Octopus Books Community Classroom: Contesting Total Institutions: How to use Access to Information / Freedom of Information for research, journalism, resistance

Join the authors of Policing Indigenous Movements: Dissent and the Security State, Andrew Crosby and Jeff Monaghan, for a discussion of how to use Access to Information (ATI) or Freedom of Information (FOI) processes to research or investigate the practices of powerful (and often secreti

2018 26 Sep
6:30pm - 9:30pm

Ottawa Talk: Dorothy Phillips - Victor and Evie

Dorothy Phillips, author of Victor and Evie: British Aristocrats in Wartime Rideau Hall, will give a brief talk at the Ottawa Public Library Main Branch as part of their Heri

2018 20 Sep
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Putting Trials on Trial: Sexual Assault and the Failure of the Legal Profession with the Author Elaine Craig, In Conversation with Elizabeth Sheehy

Over the past few years, public attention focused on the Jian Ghomeshi trial, the failings of Judge Greg Lenehan in the Halifax taxi driver case, and the judicial disciplinary proceedings against former Justice Robin Camp have placed the sexual assault trial process under significant scrutiny.

2018 19 Sep
7:30pm - 9:30pm

Corporatizing Canada: Making Business out of Public Service Book Launch

Over the past thirty years corporatization has transformed the public sector in Canada.

2018 18 Sep
7:00pm - 9:00pm


Octopus Books Community Classroom was created to promote conversations and the exchange of ideas in support of emancipation and activism. This fall, we have a few community classrooms planned with a wide range of topics. The ones confirmed are listed below.

2018 18 Sep
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Octopus Books Community Classroom: How technology is changing our life and the future of work

Author, futurist, and serial entrepreneur Sylvain Rochon will illustrate how robots and artificial intelligence (AI) will be capable of replacing human workers within the next 25 years. Sylvain will explain the differences between the AI-assisted human work we see today and the AI of tomorrow.

2018 17 Sep
7:00pm - 9:00pm

An Evening with Harley Rustad, author of Big Lonely Doug: The Story of One of Canada's Last Great Trees

Big Lonely Doug weaves the ecology of old-growth forests, the legend of the West Coast’s big trees, the turbulence of the logging industry, the fight for preservation, the contention surrounding ecotourism, First Nations land and resource rights, and the fraught future of these ancient f

2018 11 Sep
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Last Night of the World Book Launch with Award-winning Literary Journalist Joyce Wayne

Joyce Wayne is an award-winning literary journalist, a former editor at Quill & Quire and the author of the historical novel The Cook’s Temptation (Mosaic Press, 2013).

2018 28 Aug
6:30pm - 8:30pm

OCTOPUS BOOKS COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Challenging Islamophobia in "Progressive" Spaces with Chelby Marie Daigle

In this community classroom, Chelby Marie Daigle will be mining her own personal experience of being the target of Islamophobia in a "feminist" workspace and a workplace focused on countering racism, to explore how Islamophobia is manifesting in spaces that claim to be socially inclusive. 

2018 24 Jul
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Community Classroom: On International Labour Rights Issues with Canadian Garment Companies

Dave Welsh is a Canadian lawyer and the Country Director for the AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labour - Congress of Industrial Organizations) Solidarity Center in Indonesia and Malaysia.

2018 19 Jul
4:00pm - 6:00pm

Book Launch: The Politics of Painting: Fascism and Japanese Art during the Second World War by Asato Ikeda

Please join us Thursday, July 19th from 4:00-6:00pm in 201D St. Patrick’s, Carleton University for the Ottawa launch of The Politics of Painting: Fascism and Japanese Art during the Second World War, written by Dr.

2018 11 Jul
6:30pm - 8:00pm

Ayesha At Last Reading with the author Uzma Jalaluddin

Uzma Jalaluddin, a high school teacher, writes Samosas and Maple Syrup, a regular column about modern Muslim life for the Toronto Star. She’s also been a guest on the TV show Cityline, speaking on the Muslim experience.

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

Official Launch of Finding the Way: A Novel of Lao Tzu with Wayne Ng

Please join Wayne Ng for the official launch of his book, Finding the Way: A Novel of Lao Tzu. Wayne will be discussing the novel and signing copies.

Rooted in history, inspired by legend.

2018 26 Jun
7:00pm - 9:00pm

An evening with Award-Winning Author Tim Wynne-Jones, author of The Ruinous Sweep

Tim Wynne-Jones is the accomplished author of numerous young adult novels, including The Emperor of Any Place, which earned seven starred reviews, Blink & Caution, winner of the 2012 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, and The Uninvited. In 2012 he was named an Officer of