Archived Community Events

2015 29 Sep
7:00pm - 9:00pm

World Launch of 3 Plays with Playwright and Director Alanis King

Growing up surrounded by music, dance and storytelling, Alanis King turned to drama early, not only as a way to express herself, but to explore the rich heritage of her community.

2015 27 Sep

Reading of Twoism by Poet Ali Blythe

Join poets Ali Blythe and Monty Reid (The Luskville Reductions) for an afternoon of poetry at Octopus Books in Ottawa. Blythe will be reading from Twoism as part of a cross-country tour.

2015 26 Sep

Book Launch: Saving Her by Christian McPherson

Christian McPherson’s exciting new novel is a portrait of a woman coming unglued after devastating events send her spiraling out of control. Between popping pills and drinking vodka, Julie Cooper tries her best to do what she has always done: carry on.

2015 24 Sep
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Multifaith Housing Initiative Gather Around the Table Cookbook Fundraiser

Multifaith Housing Initiative (MHI) is an Ottawa-based grassroots charitable organization that provides homes and a supportive community to those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

2015 23 Sep
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Octopus Book Club: Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

Oryx and Crake is at once an unforgettable love story and a compelling vision of the future.

2015 19 Sep

Marvest: Christophe Elie - Bridging Borders

Christophe Elie -- a local activist songwriter who performs his brand of socially-conscious folk -- is just completing his new album 'Bridging Borders', the follow up to 'Deepest Shade of Blue'.

2015 17 Sep
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Canada in Africa: 300 Years of Aid and Exploitation, Author Yves Engler In Conversation with Kristen Shane, Associate Editor of Embassy - Canada's Foreign Policy Newsweekly

Yves Engler continues his groundbreaking analyses of past and present Canadian foreign policy.

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

What Kind of Citizen? Educating Our Children for the Common Good Book Launch with Joel Westheimer

How can schools teach the skills required for a strong democracy to flourish? What Kind of Citizen? asks readers to imagine the kind of society they would like to live in - and then shows the ways in which schools can be used to make that vision a reality.

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

Charlie Angus: Children of the Broken Treaty

Children of the Broken Treaty exposes a system of apartheid in Canada that led to the largest youth-driven human rights movement in the country’s history.

2015 19 Aug
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Octopus Book Club: How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti

A brilliant portrayal of finding a beautiful life by one of Canada's most exciting literary talents, Sheila Heti

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.