Thursday, January 29, 2009

Universities at Risk

Please join us for the book launch of Universities at Risk

Editor James Turk and contributor Marcus Harvey will discuss ethics, politics and the integrity of post-secondary education on Tuesday, February 3 at 7:00 p.m. at Octopus Books (116 Third Ave).

Thursday, January 15, 2009

More Upcoming Events For Those Who Plan Ahead

We've put together a short list of upcoming events for the 40th Anniversary. Don't be fooled though! Our events don't stop on March 10th, only our ability to reliably predict the future. So stay tuned for more information on events coming down through the intertubes.

Jim Stanford
and Wayne Roberts
February 13, 2009
Reception with light refreshments at 6:00 p.m. and event beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Library and Archives Canada auditorium (395 Wellington)

Gabor Mate and Samantha King
March 4, 2009
7:00 p.m.
Centretown Community Health Centre (420 Cooper Street)

Judy Rebick
Book launch for Transforming Power: From the Personal to the Political
March 10, 2009
Raw Sugar Cafe (692 Somerset West)

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Join us for The Age of Persecution

Octopus Books presents three perspectives on torture in our time, hosted by CBC’s Adrian Harewood on Saturday, January 31st at 7:00 p.m. in Room A of Library and Archives Canada (395 Wellington).

Hope and Despair is the inspiring story of Monia Mazigh’s courageous fight to free her husband, Maher Arar, from a Syrian jail.

This is a remarkable story of personal courage, and of an extraordinary woman who lets us into her life so that other Canadians can understand the denial of rights and the discarding of human rights her family suffered.

Kerry Pither has worked as a human rights and civil liberties advocate for almost twenty years on a wide range of local, regional, national and international issues. She is the author of Dark Days: The Story of Four Canadians Tortured in the Name of Fighting Terror, which chronicles the shocking story of how four Canadian men experienced similarly devastating ordeals. One of these men, Ahmad El Maati, says that despite everything that’s happened, “I always remember that we are the lucky ones. Since 9/11 so many others have just disappeared, or are still in secret prisons, with no right to ask questions. At least we have the right to ask questions about why this happened. At least we might get answers.”

Alan Cumyn is the author of the novel Man of Bone and its sequel Burridge Unbound, which tell the story of the kidnapping of a Canadian diplomat abroad and his subsequent struggles after surviving the terrifying ordeal and returning home. Cumyn spent eight years writing on international human rights issues for the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada.

Admission is free.

Please join us for an evening of discussion with these three local writers for the first event of many celebrating Octopus Books 40th anniversary. We are proud of our history as a progressive independent bookstore and our commitment to providing books on social justice issues and supporting community initiatives since 1969.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Octopus Books is celebrating our 40th Anniversary in 2009!!!!

The year was 1969 and big things were brewing in the basements of Ottawa. Next to a boiler which would become our namesake, Octopus Books was born. Now a whole 40 years later, 2009 is here in a big way at Octopus Books!

We are planning a full year of talks, speakers and events to celebrate 40 years of progressive thinking and change and to thank you for your continuing support throughout the years. So drop by the store to see what's new and keep your ears to the ground and your eyes to the web, phone poles and community events boards near you for updates on all the exciting goings-on here at Octopus Books.

Everyone here at Octopus is super excited for the year and we hope you'll join us as we strive to make this our best Octoyear yet!!

Happy 2009,
The Octoteam