Archived Community Events

2016 29 Oct
2:30pm - 4:30pm

Women Writing: A multi-genre reading and discussion with Laurie Gough, Elise Moser, Alice Petersen and Alice Zorn

Join us for a multi-genre reading and discussion with Laurie Gough (author of Stolen Child), Elise Moser (author of What Milly Did

2016 29 Oct
11:00am - 12:00pm

WHAT MILLY DID, Children's Book for Age 8-11, Reading with author Elise Moser

Milly Zantow wanted to solve the problem of her town’s full landfill and ended up creating a global recycling standard — the system of numbers you see inside the little triangle on plastics.

2016 25 Oct
7:00pm - 8:30pm

The Windigo Chronicles Poetry Reading with David Groulx

In this poetry book, David Groulx seamlessly weaves the spiritual with the ordinary and the present with the powerful voices of the past. He speaks for the spirit, determination, and courage of Aboriginal people, compelling readers to confront cruel reality with his sincere and inspiring vision.

2016 22 Oct
2:30pm - 4:30pm

Matricentric Feminism: Theory, Activism, Practice #BookLaunch with Andrea O’Reilly

The book argues that the category of mother is distinct from the category of woman and that many of the problems mothers face—socially, economically, politically, culturally, and psychologically—are specific to women’s work and identity as mothers.

2016 20 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Girl Positive Supporting Girls to Shape a New World with Author TATIANA FRASER & CAIA HAGEL

Showcasing diverse voices of girls and young women from North America, Tatiana Fraser and Caia Hagel shift the focus from the media’s sensationalist stories to highlight real-life accounts of how girls are making positive change and shaping a new world.

2016 18 Oct

The Palestinian and Israeli Conflict: A Vision for Hope by Dr. Yousef Jabareen

Canada Talks Israel/Palestine invites you to a presentation by Dr. Yousef Jabareen,  MK, member of the Israeli Knesset, who is one of the new generation of Palestinian leaders.

2016 18 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm

An Evening with Giller Prize Nominees Frances Itani and Kerry-Lee Powell, One of 2016 Writers to Watch!

Octopus Books is thrilled to present an evening of literary conversation with Frances Itani, author of Tell  & Kerry-Lee Powell, author of Willem de Kooning’s Paintbrush!

2016 11 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Launch of Three Questions by Ron Benner. Internationally Known Artist, Gardener, and Activist

Octopus Books is pleased to present Ron Benner: Three Questions, this London, Ontario-based artist's recent book which documents his solo exhibition curated by Julian Haladyn for the McIntosh Gallery, Western University, London, ON.

2016 06 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Price Paid: The Fight for First Nations Survival with Bev Sellars

Join award-winning author Bev Sellars to celebrate the launch of her highly anticipated new book, Price Paid: The Fight for First Nations Survival.

2016 05 Oct
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Cuba Beyond the Beach, Stories of Life in Havana Book Launch with Author Karen Dubinsky

Havana is Cuba’s soul: a mix of Third World, First World, and Other World.

2016 30 Sep
3:00pm - 5:00pm

Book Launch @ Carleton: Facets of Power: Politics, Profits and People in the Making of Zimbabwe’s Blood Diamonds

The Institute of African Studies presents a Book Launch of Facets of Power Politics, Profits and People in the Making of Zimbabwe’s Blood Diamonds edited by Richard Saunders and Tinashe Nyamunda on Friday, September 30th at 3:00pm in 2017 Dunton Tower.

2016 27 Sep
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Facing the Anthropocene: Fossil Capitalism and the Crisis of the Earth System, Book Launch with Ian Angus

Science tells us that a new and dangerous stage in planetary evolution has begun—the Anthropocene, a time of rising temperatures, extreme weather, rising oceans, and mass species extinctions. Humanity faces not just more pollution or warmer weather, but a crisis of the Earth System.

2016 24 Sep
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Community Classroom: The State of Palestine with Dr. Philip JM Leech

In this September's Community Classroom, we are lucky to have Dr. Philip JM Leech to deliver a lecture based on his PhD dissertation and new book The State of Palestine: A Critical Analysis

2016 20 Sep
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Book Launch with Maude Barlow on Boiling Point: Government Neglect, Corporate Abuse, and Canada’s Water Crisis

7 PM
Tuesday, September 20 2016
Centretown United Church
507 Bank St.

Copies of Boiling Point will be available for purchase!

2016 15 Sep
7:00pm - 9:00pm

An Evening with Award Winning Author and Canada’s seventh Poet Laureate, George Elliott Clarke, Hosted by Journalist Waubgeshig Rice

Award-Winning author George Elliott Clarke will be joined by a fellow published poet, playwright and essayist charles c.

2016 06 Aug
2:00pm - 3:30pm

Parenting Your Way Book Signing with Local Author Kaeli Van Regan


2016 21 Jun
4:00pm - 6:00pm

Immigrant Women: Stories of Resilience and Triumph

The Book Project Collective and Immigrant Women Services Ottawa (IWSO) have come together to showcase brilliant immigrant women. Drawing on stories shared in a recently published collection titled, Resilience and Triumph: Immigrant Women Tell Their Stories.

2016 20 Jun
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Pamela Palmater: Indigenous Nationhood

Well-known Indigenous author, lawyer, activist and academic, Pamela Palmater, will be in Ottawa on Monday June 20 for a launch of her new book: Indigenous Nationhood: Empowering Grassroots Citizens.

2016 16 Jun
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Thirteen Shells Book Launch with Author Nadia Bozak

Spanning the late 1970s to the late 1980s, Nadia Bozak’s thirteen stories are narrated from the perspective of Shell, the only child of bohemian artisans determined to live off their handicrafts and uphold a left-wing lifestyle.

2016 14 Jun
7:00pm - 9:00pm

The Campaign against Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Community Classroom with Human Rights Professor Bill Skidmore

On February 22 2016, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal government joined forces with the official opposition Conservatives  to condemn Canadian organizations, groups and individuals who promote Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) with reference to Israel.

2016 11 Jun
2:00pm - 4:00pm

In This Together: Fifteen Stories of Truth and Reconciliation Book Launch with Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail and Steven Cooper

What is real reconciliation? This collection of essays from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous contributors from across Canada welcomes readers into a timely, healing conversation—one we've longed for but, before now, have had a hard time approaching.

2016 09 Jun
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Laundry Lines, The Escape Artist and The Lebanese Dishwasher - Book Reading

Laundry Lines: A Memoir in Stories and Poems

2016 06 Jun
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Book Launch of Sorting the Beef from the Bull: The Science of Food Fraud Forensics with Nicola Temple

Horsemeat in burgers was hard to swallow, but there are far more sinister culinary crimes afoot...
2016 04 Jun
4:00pm - 6:00pm

The Rule of Law in an Age of Fear: A talk with Dennis Edney, Omar Khadr’s lawyer

The International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group in collaboration with Inter Pares and Octopus Books invites you to The Rule of Law in an Age of Fear: A talk with Dennis Edney, Omar Khadr’s Lawyer

2016 31 May
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Kamal Al-Solaylee In Conversation with CBC's Adrian Harewood on Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (for Everyone)

By the author of the Canada Reads finalist and bestselling Intolerable comes a stunning new book about the meaning of being brown