Archived Community Events

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.

2017 26 Oct
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Poetry Reading by Wendy Donawa, Deanna Young and Rhonda Douglas

Please join us for a reading by three women poets featuring Wendy Donawa, Deanna Young and Rhonda Douglas on October 26!

2017 25 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Kevin McKay on his new book Radical Transformation: Oligarchy, Collapse, and the Crisis of Civilization

Join author, professor and activist Kevin MacKay for a launch of his new book Radical Transformation:Oligarchy, Collapse, and the Crisis of Civilization!

2017 18 Oct
1:00pm - 2:30pm

South Africa’s Corporatised Liberation: A Critical Analysis of the ANC in Power with Dale T. McKinley

Despite the more general social, political and economic advances that have been made under the ANC’s rule since 1994, power has not only remained in the hands of a small minority but has increasingly been exercised in service to capital.

2017 12 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Claiming Anishinaabe: Decolonizing the Human Spirit Book Launch with the author Lynn Gehl

Denied her Indigenous status, Lynn Gehl has been fighting her entire life to reclaim mino-pimadiziwin--the good life.

2017 11 Oct
7:00pm - 8:30pm

The Unravelling with award-winning playwright, screenwriter & novelist Clem Martini

In the follow-up to their award-winning memoir Bitter Medicine, brothers Clem and Olivier Martini continue the story of their family’s journey through mental illness, dementia, caregiving, and the health care system.

2017 04 Oct
5:00pm - 7:30pm

The Patch: The People, Pipelines, and Politics of the Oil Sands with Bestselling Author Chris Turner

Bestselling author Chris Turner brings readers onto the streets of Fort McMurray, showing the myriad ways the oilsands impact our lives and demanding that we ask the question: To both fuel the world and to save it, what do we do about the Patch?

2017 27 Sep
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Cuba–U.S. Relations: Obama and Beyond Book Launch with Arnold August

Against the background of the history of Cuba–U.S. interconnectedness and in light of Obama’s ini­tiative and Trump’s election, Arnold August deals with the relationship between the two countries, delving into past and current U.S. aggression against Cuba’s artistic field, ideology and politics.

2017 26 Sep
7:00pm - 9:00pm

On Building a Social Movement, with John Saul, Blair Rutherford and Manfred Bienefeld

On Building a Social Movement focuses on the North American campaign for southern African liberation.

2017 22 Sep
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Surviving Canada Ottawa Launch with Kiera L. Ladner, Myra Tait, Kahente Horn-Miller, Waneek Horn-Miller and Hayden King

Surviving Canada: Indigenous Peoples Celebrate 150 Years of Betrayal is a collection of elegant, thoughtful, and powerful reflections about Indigenous Peoples’ complicated, and often frustrating, relationship with Canada, and how—even 150 years after Confederation—the fight for recogniti

2017 20 Sep
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Manufacturing Urgency: Author Corinne Mason In Conversation with Rita Morbia of Inter Pares

Manufacturing Urgency: the Development Industry and Violence against Women investigates anti-violence policies in international development, demonstrating that strategies intended to end violence against women are constructed to serve ends other than the needs of women.

2017 15 Sep
2:30pm - 4:30pm

Farm Labor Struggles in Zimbabwe: The Ground of Politics, author Blair Rutherford in Discussion with Andriata Chironda and Lameck Zingano

In the early twenty-first century, white-owned farms in Zimbabwe were subject to large-scale occupations by black urban dwellers in an increasingly violent struggle between national electoral politics, land reform, and contestations over democracy.

2017 14 Sep

1,000 Days and Counting: The Detention of an Innocent Man

Dr. Hassan Diab is a Canadian sociology professor who taught at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa. He was extradited to France on November 14, 2014, accused of involvement in the 1980 rue Copernic synagogue bombing in Paris.