Archived Community Events

2017 15 Mar
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Advancing Nonviolence and Social Transformation Book Launch

Please join co-editors and six Ottawa-based contributors: Sophie Cloutier, Heather Eaton, Richard Feist, Eileen Kerwin Jones, Lauren Michelle Levesque, Noel Salmond and Martin Samson in a discussion of Advancing Nonviolence and Social Transformation!

2017 07 Mar
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Book Club: Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis

Our book club will be discussing Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis on Tuesday, March 7th. If you are interested in joining us please RSVP at

2017 03 Mar
5:30pm - 8:00pm

Animal Metropolis: Histories of Human-Animal Relations in Urban Canada Book Launch with Joanna Dean, William Knight and Christabelle Sethna

Animal Metropolis brings a Canadian perspective to the growing field of animal history, ranging across species and cities, from the beavers who engineered Stanley Park to the carthorses who shaped the city of Montreal.

2017 28 Feb
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Firewater & The Power of Stories: An Evening with Cree Author Harold Johnson

Harold Johnson is the author of Firewater: How Alcohol Is Killing My People (and Yours) short-listed for 2016 Governor General's Literary Award (non-fiction).

2017 23 Feb
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Black History Month: Flying Fish in the Great White North Book Launch with the Author Christopher Stuart Taylor

Please join us celebrating Black History Month with author Christopher Stuart Taylor in a discussion of his new book Flying Fish in the Great White North: The Autonomous Migration of Black Barbadians. Dr.

2017 21 Feb
6:30pm - 9:30pm

(Octopus Books Community Classroom) Being Muslim, Becoming Black: Navigating the Intersection of Islamophobia and Anti-Black Racism in Canada

In collaboration with Muslim Link, Ottawa's online Muslim community newspaper, this community classroom is to explore the resistance and resilience of Black Muslims in Canada as they face discrimination and erasure in the mainstream narratives of

2017 08 Feb
7:30pm - 9:00pm

HOPE HAS TWO DAUGHTERS, Monia Mazigh in Conversation with Adrian Harewood

Unwilling to endure a culture of silence and submission, and disowned by her family, Nadia leaves her native Tunisia in 1984 amidst deadly violence, chaos, and rioting brought on by rising food costs, eventually emigrating to Canada to begin her life.

2017 07 Feb
4:00pm - 8:00pm

Book Club: Worldly Goods by Alice Pattersen

Please RSVP by e-mailing

2017 31 Jan
7:00pm - 9:00pm

An Evening with Jim Bronskill and David McKie on Your Right To Privacy: Minimize Your Digital Footprint

Hacking, snooping, data mining: all commonplace in the digital era. At work, on the road, even at home, your personal information can be seen and shared, your privacy violated.

2017 26 Jan
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Songs Upon the Rivers Book Launch with Co-Author Sébastien Malette

Join us for an evening with author Sébastien Malette to discuss his latest book Songs Upon the Rivers: The Buried History of the French-Speaking Canadiens and Métis from the Great Lakes and the Mississippi across to the Pacific.

2017 11 Jan
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Blood of Extraction Book Launch with Todd Gordon and Jeffery R. Webber

Rooted in thousands of pages of Access to Information documents and dozens of interviews carried out throughout Latin America, Blood of Extraction examines the increasing presence of Canadian mining companies in Latin America and the environmental and human rights abuses that have occurr

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!