Archived Community Events

2015 04 Aug
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Reclaiming Art in the Age of Artifice, A Conversation with J.F. MARTEL

Hosted by Graham Larkin and Phil Ford, Octopus Books presents an evening of conversation with J.F. (Jean-Françsois) Martel to discuss his new book Reclaiming Art in the Age of Artifice followed by author signing.  

2015 15 Jul
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Octopus Book Club Discussion: All About Love, New Visions by bell hooks

All About Love offers radical new ways to think about love by showing its interconnectedness in our private and public lives.

2015 25 Jun
7:00pm - 9:00pm

A Poetry Showcase

To celebrate the completion of Octopus Books's first poetry workshop (led by the poet Shane Rhodes), we are excited to showcase the work of our students: Craig Barlow, Selina Boan, Edith Bramwell, Sanita Fejzic, Manuela Popovici and Michele Wozny!

2015 19 Jun
7:00pm - 9:00pm

DAVID SUZUKI: Letters to My Grandchildren

In this inspiring series of letters to his grandchildren, David Suzuki offers grandfatherly advice mixed with stories from his own remarkable life and explores what makes life meaningful. He challenges his grandchildren—and us—to do everything at full tilt.

2015 16 Jun
7:00pm - 9:00pm

A People’s Senate for Canada, Not A Pipe Dream! with Helen Forsey

This little book is written for Canadians who care about our democracy and the future of our planet. The Senate, surprisingly, could make major contributions to both. A People’s Senate for Canada explains how we can make that happen.

2015 10 Jun
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Octopus Book Club - Cockroach by Rawi Hage

Dear friends, we'll be discussing Cockroach by Rawi Hage at our book club meeting on Wednesday, June 10 at our centretown location (251 Bank St. 2nd Floor).

2015 04 Jun
7:00pm - 9:00pm

The Carbon Bubble, Jeff Rubin In Conversation with Frank Koller

For the first time at book length, bestselling author and economist Jeff Rubin addresses Canada's national economic future--and the financial security of all Canadians. 

2015 02 Jun
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Book Launch: The Grandmothers' Movement, Solidarity and Survival in the Time of AIDS with May Chazan

At the height of the African AIDS crisis older women mobilized across two continents and an ocean of difference to change the lives of innumerable African women confronting insecurity, violence, grief, and illness. 

2015 01 Jun
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Overcoming Adversity: Lives Shaped by Indian Residential School System, Edmund Metatawabin and Armand Garnet Ruffo In Conversation with CBC's Shelagh Rogers

In conjunction with the final national event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and Time for Reconciliation KAIROS Gathering, Octopus Books, KAIROS Canada and Mennonite Central Committee proudly present an evening of conversation based on two books—Up Ghost River, A

2015 31 May
1:00pm - 3:00pm

A (hilarious) book chat with Zarqa Nawaz

The Sisters Reading Collective Presents A (hilarious) book chat with Zarqa Nawaz, Creator of the hit TV series “Little Mosque on the Prairie” Author of Laughing All the Way to the Mosque

2015 28 May

Ask Her Talks: African Women on Philanthropy, Change and Power

On Thursday May 28th, Ottawa will be home to the launch of the inaugural Ask Her Talks, a new speaker series featuring African women speaking on philanthropy, change and power.

2015 23 May

Journeys of Survival, Resilience and Belonging

Saha Literary Forum & Institute of African Studies Carleton University present: The Yibir of Las Burgabo

Saturday, May 23 2015
Arts Lounge, Carleton University
2017 Dunton Tower 

2015 20 May
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Wabigoon River and The Thunderbird Poems Reading by David Groulx and Armand Garnet Ruffo

In partnership with Kegedonce Press and Harbour Publishing, we are thrilled to have 2 Ojibwey poets reading from their latest collection of poems: Wabigoon River Poems by David Groulx and The Thunderbird Poems by Armand Garnet Ruffo!

2015 14 May
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Book Launch: Exploring Disability Identity and Disability Rights through Narratives with Ravi Malhotra and Morgan Rowe

Building on David M. Engel and Frank W. Munger’s work analyzing the narratives of people with physical and learning disabilities, this book examines the life stories of twelve physically disabled Canadian adults through the prism of the social model of disablement.

2015 13 May
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Chris Hedges: Wages of Rebellion

Revolutions come in waves and cycles. We are again riding the crest of a revolutionary epic, much like 1848 or 1917, from the Arab Spring to movements against austerity in Greece to the Occupy movement.

2015 12 May

Stop the Suits: How Little Known International Tribunals Trump National Sovereignty in Favour of Corporate Profits

Anyday, three corporate lawyers deliberating at a little known tribunal housed in the World Bank will decide if El Salvador has to pay Australian/Canadian mining firm OceanaGold US$301 million (up to 5% of its GDP) for the country’s refusal to grant a controversial gold mining permit.

2015 07 May

Ottawa: a Public Forum on the State of our Democracy

It's been nine years of job losses, health care privatization, failing wages and environmental neglect. It's time for CHANGE!

2015 06 May
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Octopus Book Club - Legacy by Waubgeshig Rice

Dear friends, we'll be discussing Waubgeshig Rice's first novel Legacy, at our book club meeting on Wednesday, May 6 at our centretown location (251 Bank St. 2nd Floor).

2015 02 May

A Conversation with Jim Merkel, author of “Radical Simplicity”

The ‘Degrowth Paradigm’ is gaining steam here and abroad as individuals grapple with a planet heading toward certain peril. In this presentation, Jim Merkel, author of Radical Simplicity, will discuss why the ‘Growth is Good’ and ‘Growth is Necessary’ assumptions are now being challenged.

2015 02 May
11:00am - 5:00pm

Authors for Indies Day!

Come hang out with your local authors at our Glebe store on Saturday, May 2nd!

2015 30 Apr

ANSTEE & ARTELLE - A B Series celebrates National Poetry Month

Thursday, April 30, 2015
Ottawa Art Gallery - Arts Court
2 Daly Ave., Ottawa

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2015 29 Apr

The Walrus Talks "Being Human: What it means to be human in life, culture, art, and science"

The Walrus Talks is a national series of events produced by the charitable, non-profit Walrus Foundation as part of an educational mandate to provide forums for conversation on matters vital to Canadians.

2015 19 Apr

An Evening with the Filmmaker and Poet Shane Book

On Sunday April 19th at 7pm the Independent Film Cooperative of Ottawa (IFCO) presents "An Evening with the Filmmaker and Poet Shane Book" at the Mercury Lounge (56 Byward Market Square).  

2015 18 Apr
1:00pm - 3:00pm

Ottawa Launch of The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2014 with David O’Meara, Pearl Pirie, Brent Raycroft & Shane Rhodes

Continuing in a long-established tradition of poetry excellence, the fifty poems in this seventh annual collection are culled from Canadian literary magazines and journals.

2015 16 Apr
6:00pm - 8:30pm

What Canadian Muslims Need To Know about Bill C-51

Muslim Link and the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) in partnership with Octopus Books