Archived Community Events

2013 06 Nov
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Stephen Kimber's "What Lies Across the Water: The Real Story of the Cuban Five

Stephen Kimber's book recounts the events leading up to the arrest of the Cuban Five, five Cuban anti-terrorism agents wrongfully arrested and convicted of “conspiracy to commit” espionage against the United States.

2013 04 Nov
6:30pm - 8:30pm

Launch of Steven Law's "Tailings of Warren Peace"

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251 Bank St, 2nd Floor (25OneCommunity)

2013 01 Nov

Support Local- Apt 613

Support Local month happens every November in Ottawa, showcasing more than 110 businesses, artists, musicians and restaurants that make our city the creative hub it is.

2013 23 Oct
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Launch with Joel D. Harden's "Quiet No More"

You’re invited to celebrate the launch of Joel D. Harden’s new book, Quiet No More: New Political Activism in Canada and Around the Globe. Visit for book details.

2013 22 Oct
6:30pm - 8:00pm

Cinema Politica Film Screening: The People of the Kattawapiskak River

251 Bank St, 2nd Floor (25OneCommunity)

2013 16 Oct

Michael Hingston - book launch for The Dilettantes

Join us for an evening with author Michael Hingston as he launches his new novel, The Dilettantes

2013 12 Oct
6:00pm - 9:30pm

Two Causes One Concert with David Rovics

Organized by Ottawa-Cuba Connections & Solidarity Syria presents Two Causes One Concert for Marvin Glass Memorial Solidarity Fund and Hands Off Syria.

At the Melkite Catholic Church 1161 North River Road (Vanier)

2013 10 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm

SOLD OUT! Special Night with Lawrence Hill in Conversation with CBC's Adrian Harewood

Join us at our centretown location (251 Bank St, 2nd floor) for a special evening event with the bestselling author Lawrence Hill, author of "The Book of Negros" with his new book "Blood: The Stuff of Life" which has been included in the CBC Massey Lectures.

2013 01 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Maude Barlow - book launch for Blue Future

Join Octopus Books and the Council of Canadians to hear more from Maude Barlow and her new book, "Blue Future: Protecting Water and People Forever."

In Blue Future, international bestselling author Maude Barlow offers solutions to the global water crisis base

2013 14 Sep

ANDREA SMITH in Ottawa: Indigenous Women are Too Sexy for your Heteropatriarchal Setller Colonialism

Andrea Smith is a co-founder of Incite! Women of Color Against Violence and the Boarding School Healing Coalition. She is the author of Conquest and editor of the Revolution Will Not Be Funded.

2013 21 Aug
6:30pm - 8:30pm

The Science of Social Justice - Self Care, Relationships, and Community Building: Book Launch and Workshop with Zainab Amadahy

Join us on August 21, as Zainab Amadahy launches her new book "The Science of Social Justice" with an interactive, community workshop which will help you:

2013 14 Aug
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change: Film Screening and Discussion

Nunavut-based director Zacharias Kunuk (Atanarjuat The Fast Runner) and researcher and filmmaker Dr. Ian Mauro (Seeds of Change) have teamed up with Inuit communities to document their knowledge and experience regarding climate change.

2013 24 Jul
6:30pm - 8:30pm

Yapping Out Loud: Contagious Thoughts From An Unrepentant Whore: Film Screening and Discussion and Q&A with Director Mirha-Soleil Ross, POWER (Prostitutes of Ottawa-Gatineau, Work, Educate, Resist) and FSIS (Families of Sisters and Spirit)

As the Bedford Case moves through the Supreme Court of Canada, discussion about sex workers' rights and struggles have become more mainstream, with sex worker led organizations taking the lead in the fight for decriminalization.

2013 23 Jul
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Fear of a Black Nation: David Austin in Conversation with Adrian Harewood

Join us on July 23, as David Austin launches his new book “Fear of a Black Nation: Race, Sex and Security in Sixties Montreal.”

2013 16 Jul
12:00pm - 1:00pm

The Historical Moment in Turkey: Understanding the Gezi Resistance

What started on Monday, May 27, as a peaceful protest at the İstanbul’s Gezi Parkı to prevent the destruction of the public park for a gentrification project, has turned into a country-wide mass demonstration after brutal police attack.

2013 02 Jul
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Aboriginal Rights are Not Human Rights: Book Launch with Peter Kulchyski

Join us for the Ottawa launch of Aboriginal Rights Are Not Human Rights: In Defence of Indigenous Struggles by Peter Kulchyski.

2013 27 Jun
12:00pm - 1:00pm


Join us for a discussion on how to build strong inter-generational movements. We'll discuss how, rather than focusing on divisions, the differences and disconnections, we can see the power, potential and potency of working across generations for social change.

2013 19 Jun
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Screening of "ISN 310: Djamel Ameziane's Decade in Guantánamo" and discussion

The International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group, Amnesty International Canada, and the Center for Constitutional Rights invite you to:
2013 18 Jun
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Can social change organizations be #MoreLikePeople?

have a great discussion

Connect with like-minded people

bring new ideas back to your organization...

How can our organizations be "more like 'people" and less like machines?

2013 14 Jun

Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt: An Evening with Chris Hedges

On June 14, Pullitzer Prize-winning reporter and writer Chris Hedges will be joining us to discuss his new book Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt. In this book, Hedges and co-author Joe Sacco travel to the depressed pockets of the United States to report on recession-era America.

2013 10 Jun
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Discussion of Quebec Student Strike and launch of 'Le Fond de l'air est Rouge'

On June 10, Octopus Books is pleased to launch Le Fond de l'air est rouge, a collection of texts about the 2012 Quebec student uprising by Montreal artist and activist Stefan Christoff. 

2013 06 Jun
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Kafka's Hat: Book Reading with Patrice Martin

*Please note that this event will take place at our Glebe Street location (116 Third Avenue).

2013 05 Jun
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Toward a Sustainable and Equitable National Energy Policy

Octopus Books is pleased to present an evening with Bruce Campbell and Tony Clarke to discuss national energy policy.