Archived Community Events

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!

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.