Archived Community Events

2016 06 Dec
6:00pm - 7:30pm

Book Club: I am Woman

In December, we will discuss I am Woman written by one of the foremost Native writers in North America, Lee Maracle, at our book club.  In this visionary book, Lee Maracle links her First Nations heritage with feminism. 

2016 01 Dec
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Northern Lights Exploring Canada’s Think Tank Landscape with Author Donald E. Abelson

Think tanks are often thought of as a uniquely US phenomenon. Although the largest concentration of think tanks is in the United States, they can be found in virtually every country.

2016 01 Dec
2:30pm - 4:30pm

The Greatest Films, A Poem by Faizal Deen Book Launch

This long poem addresses the imaginations of cultural hybridity as they are formed through passages between real and imagined homelands and host lands, be they Guyana, Canada, or India.

2016 29 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Community Classroom: TALKING FREE IN TURKEY’S ACADEMIA, a Lecture by Turkish visiting professor Dr. Simten Cosar

University structures have been under transformation for three decades in Turkey. As of January 2016 this transformation entered a new stage, with the government’s incessant measures that so far curbed down any means for searching and advocating for academic rights and liberties.

2016 24 Nov

Books and Biryani 2016 - Reconciliation: Listening to Aboriginal History with Waubgeshig Rice

On behalf of the Ottawa chapter of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women, you are invited to attend chapter two of Reconciliation: Listening to Aboriginal History.

2016 22 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm

A Propaganda System: How Canada’s Government, Corporations, Media and Academia Sell War and Exploitation with Yves Engler

A Propaganda System: How Canada’s Government, Corporations, Media and Academia Sell War and Exploitation reveals why most Canadians believe their country is a force for good in the world, despite a long history of supporting empire, racism and exploitation.

2016 17 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Keywords for Radicals Book Launch with Kelly Fritsch, Stacy Douglas, Dan Irving and Rebecca Schein

In Keywords (1976), Raymond Williams devised a "vocabulary" that reflected the vast social transformations of the post-war period.

2016 16 Nov

Depressed Economies: Transgender Un/deremployment

Drawing from his qualitative research project on un/deremployment among trans* identified individuals, Irving will present the major issues that many trans* people face when trying to obtain and maintain work.

2016 15 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Justice for Indigenous Women Community Classroom with Founder of Project of Heart and J4IW, Sylvia Smith

Violence against Indigenous women is epidemic.


2016 11 Nov

Rubber Stamped: The Hassan Diab Story followed by discussion

Two Years in a French Prison, The Extradition of an Innocent Canadian: Hassan Diab

2016 10 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Internationally acclaimed author YAKOV M. RABKIN on What is Modern Israel?

Usually, we think of the state of modern Israel, as well as the late nineteenth-century Zionist movement that led to its founding, as a response to anti-Semitism which grew out of cultural and religious Judaism. In What Is Modern Israel?, however, Yakov M.

2016 05 Nov
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Three Little Piggy Banks, Financial Literacy for Children, with Author Pamela George

This book is targeted to children, ages 4-8, and teaches the basic principles of personal financial management. It is about 5-year-old twins Ella and Andy who use their 3 Little Piggybanks called: Savings, Sharing and Spending.

2016 02 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Unfree Labour Book Launch with Co-Editors Aziz Choudry and Adrian Smith

Over the past decade, Canada has experienced considerable growth in labour migration. Moreover, temporary labour migration has replaced permanent immigration as the primary means by which people enter Canada.

2016 01 Nov

Book Club: Tracey Lindberg's Birdie

After a few months of break, our book club is back in November. We are reading Birdie by Tracey Lindberg!

Paperback available at our store, both locations, or order online at

Please join us!

2016 29 Oct
2:30pm - 4:30pm

Women Writing: A multi-genre reading and discussion with Laurie Gough, Elise Moser, Alice Petersen and Alice Zorn

Join us for a multi-genre reading and discussion with Laurie Gough (author of Stolen Child), Elise Moser (author of What Milly Did

2016 29 Oct
11:00am - 12:00pm

WHAT MILLY DID, Children's Book for Age 8-11, Reading with author Elise Moser

Milly Zantow wanted to solve the problem of her town’s full landfill and ended up creating a global recycling standard — the system of numbers you see inside the little triangle on plastics.

2016 25 Oct
7:00pm - 8:30pm

The Windigo Chronicles Poetry Reading with David Groulx

In this poetry book, David Groulx seamlessly weaves the spiritual with the ordinary and the present with the powerful voices of the past. He speaks for the spirit, determination, and courage of Aboriginal people, compelling readers to confront cruel reality with his sincere and inspiring vision.

2016 22 Oct
2:30pm - 4:30pm

Matricentric Feminism: Theory, Activism, Practice #BookLaunch with Andrea O’Reilly

The book argues that the category of mother is distinct from the category of woman and that many of the problems mothers face—socially, economically, politically, culturally, and psychologically—are specific to women’s work and identity as mothers.

2016 20 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Girl Positive Supporting Girls to Shape a New World with Author TATIANA FRASER & CAIA HAGEL

Showcasing diverse voices of girls and young women from North America, Tatiana Fraser and Caia Hagel shift the focus from the media’s sensationalist stories to highlight real-life accounts of how girls are making positive change and shaping a new world.

2016 18 Oct

The Palestinian and Israeli Conflict: A Vision for Hope by Dr. Yousef Jabareen

Canada Talks Israel/Palestine invites you to a presentation by Dr. Yousef Jabareen,  MK, member of the Israeli Knesset, who is one of the new generation of Palestinian leaders.

2016 18 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm

An Evening with Giller Prize Nominees Frances Itani and Kerry-Lee Powell, One of 2016 Writers to Watch!

Octopus Books is thrilled to present an evening of literary conversation with Frances Itani, author of Tell  & Kerry-Lee Powell, author of Willem de Kooning’s Paintbrush!

2016 11 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Launch of Three Questions by Ron Benner. Internationally Known Artist, Gardener, and Activist

Octopus Books is pleased to present Ron Benner: Three Questions, this London, Ontario-based artist's recent book which documents his solo exhibition curated by Julian Haladyn for the McIntosh Gallery, Western University, London, ON.

2016 06 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Price Paid: The Fight for First Nations Survival with Bev Sellars

Join award-winning author Bev Sellars to celebrate the launch of her highly anticipated new book, Price Paid: The Fight for First Nations Survival.

2016 05 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Cuba Beyond the Beach, Stories of Life in Havana Book Launch with Author Karen Dubinsky

Havana is Cuba’s soul: a mix of Third World, First World, and Other World.

2016 30 Sep
3:00pm - 5:00pm

Book Launch @ Carleton: Facets of Power: Politics, Profits and People in the Making of Zimbabwe’s Blood Diamonds

The Institute of African Studies presents a Book Launch of Facets of Power Politics, Profits and People in the Making of Zimbabwe’s Blood Diamonds edited by Richard Saunders and Tinashe Nyamunda on Friday, September 30th at 3:00pm in 2017 Dunton Tower.