Archived Community Events

2016 24 May
7:00pm - 9:00pm

What’s Yours is Mine: Against the Sharing Economy Book Launch with Author Tom Slee

The news is full of their names, supposedly the vanguard of a rethinking of capitalism.

2016 20 May

Sneak preview of short documentary on Dr. Hassan Diab

DON'T MISS A SNEAK PREVIEW OF THE SHORT DOCUMENTARY on Dr. HASSAN DIAB, directed by award-winning filmmaker Amara Wala.

Please come out, watch the short documentary, and hear the latest updates from Hassan’s lawyer,  Don Bayne. There will be plenty of time for Q&A.

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

On Making of Sustainable Cities (Community Classroom) with Delegates of the EU-Canada Municipal Cooperation on Urban Policy

Climate Change is one of the biggest world challenges facing us today.  A rise in global temperatures and a decline in snow and ice cover are directly linked to an increase in incidences of  natural disasters, such as severe storms, wildfires, floods, and earthquakes.

2016 12 May
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Ottawa’s Jail: The Cost of Human Warehousing

MOMS Ottawa (Mothers Offering Mutual Support) in collaboration with CPEP (Criminalization Punishment and Education Project) present a Public Forum on Ottawa’s Jail: The Cost of Human Warehousing 

2016 09 May

Octopus Book Club May 9th Edition: Orlando by Virginia Woolf

Orlando, a young nobleman and one of Queen Elizabeth I’s court favourites, is the object of many ladies’ attentions, but after suffering heartbreak he prefers literary pursuits to entertaining any thoughts of marriage.

2016 07 May
1:30pm - 3:30pm

Bill C-51, Anti-Terrorism Act, Still Needs to be Erased (Community Classroom) with Investigative Journalist Andrew Mitrovica

Bill C-51 also known as Anti-terrorism Act was introduced by the previous Conservative government in early 2015.

2016 04 May
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Book Launch of The Human Kennel and Jail Art Exhibit with Jeannette Tossounian

If you find the jail conditions covered in the news appalling, wait until you read these journals. The Human Kennel follows Jeannette Tossounian while incarcerated for two years in the notorious Vanier Centre for Women, a Detention Centre in Milton, Ontario.

2016 30 Apr
11:00am - 4:00pm

Authors for Indies Day! Celebrating Independent Bookstores!


2016 26 Apr
7:00pm - 9:00pm

An Evening with Geza Tatrallyay and Andrew Caddell

GEZA TATRALLYAY is the author of The Expo Affair released in Spring 2016.

2016 25 Apr
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Octopus Book Club April Edition Part II: Celia's Song by Lee Maracle

Set on the west coast of Vancouver Island, Celia's Song chronicles the experiences of a Sto:lo family over several generations, and vividly brings to life the destructive legacy of colonial times - and a community's capacity for healing.

2016 21 Apr

“A Center for Peace”: A Future for Chaudière Falls and the Islands Lecture by Douglas Cardinal

The Mahatma Gandhi Peace Council  invites you to a lecture by renowned architect Douglas Cardinal, whose iconic buildings include the Canadian Museum of History and the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington. He promotes sustainability, green building, and ecologically designed comm

2016 19 Apr
7:00pm - 9:00pm

That's Why I'm a Journalist with Author Mark Bulgutch and Chris Waddell

Canadian journalism has a proud and independent history that all Canadians rely on. Perhaps that is one of the reasons we respond so viscerally to stories that involve any of our journalists acting in ways that undermine their credibility and our faith in them. 

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

Launch of Citizen Youth: Culture, Activism, and Agency in a Neoliberal Era, Q&A with the Author Jacqueline Kennelly

Please join us on Monday, April 18th from 7:00 to 9:00 to launch the paperback version of Citizen Youth: Culture, Activism, and Agency in a Neoliberal Era by Jacqueline Kennelly.

2016 16 Apr
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Book Signing with Local Author Michel Weatherall in the Glebe!

Please visit us in the Glebe to meet local author Michel Weatherall and have your books signed!

Michel has published 2 novels: The Symbiot and its sequel The Hunt: Symbiosys.

The Symbiot

2016 12 Apr
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Book Signing with Jeffery John Eyamie, author of No Escape from Greatness

Jeffrey John Eyamie is a Winnipeg screenwriter and novelist who worked in the writers’ room of Less Than Kind (HBO Canada). His comedy pilot Split Level was accepted by the National Screen Institute's Totally Television program.

2016 11 Apr
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Octopus Book Club April Edition Part I: The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King

Rich with dark and light, pain and magic, The Inconvenient Indian distills the insights gleaned from Thomas King's critical and personal meditation on what it means to be "Indian" in North America, weaving the curiously circular tale of the relationship between non-Natives and Nativ

2016 09 Apr
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Being a Bird in North America Book Signing and Reading with Author Robert Alvo

Being a Bird in North America (BABINA) brings birds to life on the page with a blend of humor and science that showcases the most interesting aspects of each species.

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

Divide and Conquer: Federal Indian Policies (Community Classroom) with Director of Policy & Research for the Algonquin Nation Secretariat, Peter Di Gangi

Following up our successful lecture at our Community Classroom on the History of Ottawa River Watershed with Senior Researcher at Algonquin Nations Secretariat,

2016 01 Apr
11:30am - 12:30pm

Meet the Author of Women Doing Life: Gender, Punishment and the Struggle for Identity, Lora Bex Lempert

LORA BEX LEMPERT is Professor Emerita at the University of Michigan – Dearborn. For twelve years, she was a co-sponsor of the National Lifers of America chapter at a women’s correctional facility and the coordinator of college level courses offered at that facility.

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

Shakil Choudhury on Deep Diversity: Overcoming Us vs. Them

What if our interactions with those different from us are strongly influenced by things happening below the radar of awareness, hidden even from ourselves? Deep Diversity explores this question and argues that “us vs.

2016 29 Mar
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Reading of Cosmophilia by Rahat Kurd, a finalist in the 2014 Gwendolyn MacEwen Poetry Prize

A Muslim woman engaging in religious and political imagery in lyric and narrative styles, Rahat Kurd steps out our of her cultural comfort zone to provide a unique book of poetry that combines reflections on Kashmir, Muslim culture, and religious imagery, with an often alienating yet also stimula

2016 24 Mar
7:00pm - 9:00pm

David Barsamian: U.S. Politics and the Rise of Trump

One of America's most tireless and wide-ranging investigative journalists, David Barsamian has altered the independent media landscape, both with his weekly radio show Alternative Radio—now in its 30th year—and his books with Noam Chomsky, Eqbal Ahmad, Howard Zinn, Tariq Ali, Richard

2016 23 Mar
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Jason Tetro, Author of National Bestseller The Germ Files, In Conversation with Alan Neal, Host of CBC Radio's All In A Day

Jason Tetro, author of The Germ Code, is back with a very different book but the same message: microbes are amazing, they deserve our respect and we should learn to live with them in harmony. THE GERM FILES: The Surprising Ways Microbes Can Improve Your Health and Life (and H

2016 21 Mar
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Octopus Book Club March Edition: Celebrating Women & Literature!

This month, to coincide with International Women's Day on March 8th, we are elebrating women and literature at our book club!