Archived Community Events

2013 28 May
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Rethinking the Politics of Labour in Canada

In the face of relentless attacks on organized labour, there is a clear need and desire for both union renewal and for unions to fight back against the  anti-worker austerity agenda.

2013 22 May
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Hungry for Change: Conversation on food justice with A. Haroon Akram-Lodhi and Paul Slomp

On May 22, Octopus Books is excited to host a conversation on hunger, farming, and food sovereignty.

2013 06 May
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Book Reading with Dr. Qais Ghanem

Octopus Books is pleased to welcome local writer Qais Ghanem to read from and discuss his recent books.
2013 20 Apr
6:00pm - 7:30pm

New Coach: Book Launch with Lis Paice

Coaching isn't just for sports anymore. More and more people are turning to certified coaches to help them think through career changes or to help with personal growth of all kinds. 

2013 20 Apr
10:00am - 6:00pm

the tenth annual Elliot Extravaganza!


Saturday, April 20

2013 19 Apr
12:30pm - 1:30pm

Peru: Fair Trade Farmers Turn Poverty into Prosperity

* Please note that this event will take place at 251 Bank Street, 2nd Floor (Octopus Books in Centretown) and is wheelchair accessible *

2013 18 Apr
7:00pm - 9:00pm

REDISCOVERING SANKARA - book launch & film screening


Rediscovering Sankara: Martyr of Liberty 

2013 17 Apr

Ru: An Evening with Kim Thúy and David O'Meara

Octopus Books is pleased to present an evening with Kim Thúy and David O'Meara to discuss Kim's Governor General's Literary Award-winning novel "Ru."

2013 16 Apr

My Leaky Body: Book Launch with Julie Devaney

*** This event will take place at 251 Bank Street, 2nd Floor (Octopus Books in Centretown). It is wheelchair accessible. ***

2013 06 Apr
10:00am - 6:00pm

30% off everything on April 6 - Happy birthday Elliot!

Crazy, but true – our dear Elliot is turning 10 this year, so this makes it the TENTH ANNUAL ELLIOT EXTRAVAGANZA!

Always a great time. Always funtastic. Always involving cake and books on sale.

Here’s the breakdown of this year’s festival of events:

2013 04 Apr

Book Launch: "The Great Revenue Robbery"

On April 4, join contributors to the new book "The Great Revenue Robbery: How to Stop the Tax Cut Scam and Save Canada" as they discuss this exciting new publication.

2013 26 Mar

Book Launch of "Unlikely Radicals" with Charlie Angus

*** Please note, this event will be taking place at Brixton's Pub (210 Sparks Street).

2013 20 Mar
12:00pm - 1:00pm

The Politics of Absurdity: Extradition in an Age of Fear

Dr. Hassan Diab is a Canadian citizen and sociology professor in Ottawa who has been living a Kafkaesque nightmare since November 2008. France is seeking his extradition based on false allegations that he was involved in a bomb attack near a Paris synagogue in 1980.
2013 13 Mar

Unfree in Palestine: Book Launch with Prof. Nadia Abu-Zahra

Through a visual tour and narrative presentation, Prof.
2013 07 Mar
7:00pm - 9:00pm

The Imposter Bride: An Evening with Nancy Richler

Join us on Thursday March 7 as we welcome Nancy Richler to Octopus Books to discuss her new book "The Imposter Bride." Shortlisted for the 2012 Giller Prize, The Imposter Bride takes place in the aftermath of World War II and centers around a bride who comes to Canada with a stol

2013 06 Mar

The Inconvenient Indian: An Evening with Thomas King

The Inconvenient Indian is a critical and personal meditation that Thomas King has conducted over the past 50 years about what it means to be "Indian" in North America.

2013 26 Feb
7:00pm - 9:00pm

The Eco Tour with David Suzuki & Jeff Rubin

While no parking is set aside for the event, some parking will be available nearby at Glashan Public School, 28 Arlington Avenue.

2013 13 Feb
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Canadian History through the Stories of Activists - Book Launch and Talk

Join author and activist Scott Neigh for a talk and book signing as he launches two new books published by Fernwood Publishing: *Gender and Sexuality: Canadian History Through the Stories of Activists* and *Resisting the State: Canadian History Through the Stories of Activists*.

2013 13 Feb
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Growing Food in a Hungry World: A Farmer's Perspective

The politics behind food and agriculture in today’s world seem to be diverging. On the one hand farmers are encouraged to keep up with the latest technologies in order to increase their production to feed a rapidly growing world population.

2013 11 Feb
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Pink Ribbons INC: Film Screening with Authors Samantha King and Tamara Levine

“We used to march in the streets; now we run for a cure.” Barbara Ehrenreich, author and social critic.

2013 06 Feb
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Connecting struggles: Remembering Amilcar Cabral Forty Years On

January 20th marks the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Amilcar Cabral, guerrilla, revolutionary thinker and theorist who worked for the liberation of Guinea Bissau, Angola and Cape Verde, and towards the emancipation of the so-called “third-world.”

2013 05 Feb
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Rawi Hage in Conversation with the CBC's Adrian Harewood

On Feb 5, acclaimed author Rawi Hage will launch his newest book "Carnival", in conversation with CBC's Adrian Harewood. "Carnival" is the winner of the Quebec Writers' Federation Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction and shortlisted for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize.

2013 31 Jan
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Book launch for Women in Israel

Women in Israel provides a fresh, gendered analysis of citizenship in Israel.

2013 31 Jan
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Lunch and Book Launch with Carmen Aguirre

Acclaimed author, actor and playwright, Carmen Aguirre brings her stories of life, love and revolution to Octopus Books.

Aguirre launches her new book, BLUE BOX, with a special lunch-time event. 

Join us on Thursday, Jan. 31 from 12:00 - 1:00 PM.

2013 24 Jan
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Book launch for Socialist Register 2013

The resurgence of social movements in recent years has put the question of strategy back on the left's agenda.