Archived Community Events

2018 02 Mar
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Making Space for Indigenous Feminism with Robyn Bourgeois and Mary Eberts

The first edition of Making Space for Indigenous Feminism proposed that Indigenous feminism was a valid and indeed essential theoretical and activist position, and introduced a roster of important Indigenous feminist contributors.

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

An Evening with Fiction writers Michael Mirolla and Claude Lalumiere

Michael Mirolla is the author of numerous novels, plays, and short story and poetry collections.

2018 17 Feb
11:00am - 1:00pm

Winter Olympic Athletes, children's book signing with Ottawa Author Valerie Buko

Local Ottawa author Valerie Buko has a number of books meant to inspire play and physical fitness in children. Winter Olympic Athletes (for ages 3-6) is her latest picture book. In this new book, Valerie tells us about Winter Olympic sports and stories of striving to always do our best.

2018 08 Feb
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Curry: Eating, Reading, and Race, a Discussion with the Author Naben Ruthnum

No two curries are the same. This Curry asks why the dish is supposed to represent everything brown people eat, read, and do.

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

Securitized Citizens, Author Baljit Nagra In Conversation with Monia Mazigh

Uninformed and reactionary responses in the years following the events of 9/11 and the ongoing ‘War on Terror’ have greatly affected ideas of citizenship and national belonging.

2017 10 Dec
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Writing Herself into Being Book Launch with Patricia Smart

Writing Herself into Being ‑ the author’s own translation of her award‑winning French‑language book De Marie de l’Incarnation à Nelly Arcan: Se dire, se faire par l’écriture intime (Boréal, 2014) presents a feminist analysis of women’s struggles for autonomy and agency from the

2017 09 Dec

Here's to You Book Signing

This Christmas, give them a Crafted Gift of Love that will touch their heart.

2017 09 Dec
10:30am - 12:30pm

Adventure with Auntie Katie Macnamara, author of Rosie the Tarantula

Come for a fun adventure with auntie Katie Macnamara on the morning of December 9!

2017 08 Dec
9:30am - 10:30am

Rally on Parliament Hill marking the 15th anniversary of Mohamed Harkat's arrest under a Security Certificate and International Human Rights Day

December 10 is International Human Rights Day. Ironically it is also the day Mohamed (Moe) Harkat was arrested under a security certificate 15 years ago.

2017 07 Dec
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Community Classroom: Settler Self-Indigenization in the Age of Reconciliation with Darryl Leroux

Building on some of his recent work on the topic, Darryl will be presenting an analysis of emerging efforts to indigenize otherwise non-Indigenous people in Québec, Ontario, and Nova Scotia.

2017 04 Dec
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Sexual Violence at Canadian Universities Book Launch with Editors, Contributors and Frontline Anti-Violence Workers

At least one in four women attending college or university will be sexually assaulted by the time they graduate.

2017 30 Nov
4:30pm - 6:00pm

Meet and Greet with Warren Kinsella, author of a young adult novel, Recipe for Hate

Adult author Kinsella (Fight the Right) sets this riveting murder mystery in Portland, Maine, in the late 1970s. After the gruesome slaying of two of their friends, teenage punk musicians called the X gang are targeted by an unknown enemy and by “anti-punk hysteria” in their community.

2017 29 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Discussion with Charlie Angus on the New Edition of Children of the Broken Treaty

Named "Book of the Year" by the Hill Times, National Post, and Quill & Quire, Children of the Broken Treaty exposes a system of Canadian apartheid that led to the largest youth-driven human rights movement in the country's history.

2017 25 Nov
1:30pm - 3:30pm

Carbon is Yellow Book Signing with Author Marilyn Sargeant

In her debut collection of poetry, Marilyn Sargeant, a contemplative and introspective writer, as well as light-hearted and playful in her verses, presents her readers with both narrative and lyrical poetry that is innocent and explorative, as well as dark and brooding—touching upon topics which

2017 24 Nov
12:00am - 11:45pm

Buy Nothing Day

Participate By Not Participating!

Buy Nothing Day is an international day of protest against consumerism celebrated annually just after American Thanksgiving.

2017 21 Nov

Victor and Evie Book Launch with Ottawa Author Dorothy Anne Phillips

The experiences of a governor general and his family in the early twentieth century, revealed through recently released letters and diaries.

2017 21 Nov

Beautiful Scars, Tom Wilson in Conversation with Singer/Songwriter Lynn Miles

Tom Wilson always felt something wasn't quite right. His parents, Bunny and George, were much older than other kids' parents. There were no baby photos of him in the house. At school, classmates called him Indian, despite his parents' Irish-Quebecois background.

2017 16 Nov

Court Support for Mohamed (Moe) Harkat Nov. 16-17


2017 15 Nov
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Class Privilege: How Law Shelters Shareholders and Coddles Capitalism, a discussion with the author Harry Glasbeek

Capitalism’s agenda is the endless pursuit of private accumulation of socially produced wealth. In our system, the corporation—created by law—is meant to hide this agenda, to distract us so that flesh and blood capitalists can do what they like.

2017 14 Nov
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Stephen Law reading his second novel, Under Her Skin

Stephen Law is a writer, ecological farmer and social activist as well as an internationally accredited trainer and coach in Conflict Mediation and a skilled facilitator.

2017 13 Nov
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Reading by Women Fiction Writers: Jessica Westhead, Wendy MacIntyre & Joanne Proulx

Jessica Westhead, Wendy MacIntyre & Joanne Proulx, 3 women writers, will be visiting our store on November 13 to read their new books! 

2017 06 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm

CANCELLED! Octopus Books Community Classroom: Settler Colonialism and Genocide, a Talk by Award-Winning Author ROXANNE DUNBAR-ORTIZ

Unfortunately, Roxanne will not be able to travel owing to the exacerbation of her health associated with the smoke from fires in California. Please note this event is cancelled. Thank you for understanding.
2017 06 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Thinking Emancipation in the 21st century: Some African contributions past and present by Michael Neocosmos

Professor Michael Neocosmos is the  Director of the Unit for the Humanities at Rhodes University.

2017 30 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit: What Inuit Have Always Known to be True, Ottawa Launch with the Honourable Nellie T. Kusugak, Frank Tester, Margo Greenwood, Lisa Wolff and Landon Pearson

The Inuit have experienced colonization and the resulting disregard for the societal systems, beliefs and support structures foundational to Inuit culture for generations.