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Aqua Books

274 Garry St.
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 1H3


204-943-7555; kellyaquabooks.ca

Status: Defunct

Type: Bookstore — Not set

Web site: http://www.aquabooks.ca/

Events: http://www.aquabooks.ca/events.php (updated February 2009)

Description: THE STORE

Over the last nine years, Aqua Books has become Winnipeg's most beloved used bookstore. A fierce bastion of Winnipeg culture, Aqua will soon make a new permanent home (read: no landlord) at 274 Garry Street in the benevolent capitalist shadow of Portage and Main. In March 2008, the new location will be loaded for bear, with 8400 square feet of activity. Chef Candace Hughes will be serving up plates full of joy at the new onsite EAT! bistro (you know food is love), and Aquaman Kelly Hughes will continue to dish up his brand of aggressive common sense in This Week at Aqua Books. (While selling a few books on the side.)
Aqua Books interior picture, used bookstore Winnipeg

Since our modest beginning on Notre Dame Avenue in 1999, we have strived to maintain the cleanest, most organized and most affordable used bookstore in Winnipeg. Our current location on Princess Street features a large fiction and literature selection, complemented by great non-fiction. Over 90% of our ever-changing stock of 25,000 books is priced under $10. Our new location on Garry will house 40-50,000 books in a space ten times the size of our old Notre Dame cubbyhole.

Aqua Books features one of the city's largest selections of plays, kids' books and cookbooks, plus 2500 titles in faith and theology. Just like Nabob and their beans, we reject thousands of books a year that don't measure up. All the books we do choose are cleaned (and repaired if necessary) before they are put on the shelves. We put out 400-500 books weekly, and put about 20% of them on our new books page. Our books are joined by 300 in-store produced fridge magnets, hundreds of vintage postcards and a thousand vintage photographs.

Aqua Books is getting closer to its goal of being Winnipeg's Cultural City Hall. We currently host the Stone Soup Storytellers, ideaExchange lecture series and Free Your Mind author reading series. With our coming expansion in the heart of Downtown Winnipeg, our thirty or so events a year will soon multiply. In keeping with our commitment to Winnipeg's creative spirit, we also sponsor the Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry. (Le Prix de po├ęsie Lansdowne de Aqua Books)
Our new poetry award is part of the Manitoba Writing and Publishing Awards, and carries a $1000 cash prize.

Aqua Books has been one of Winnipeg's top used bookstores according to Uptown Magazine's Readers' Choice Awards for three years running. Aqua Books is also the winner of a 2005 Exchange BIZ Award of Excellence for developing ideaExchange (in conjunction with st. benedict's table) and BookWalk. The award is for promoting Winnipeg's Exchange District National Historic Site through marketing and event programming. Aqua Books has also been known to get a little press coverage from time to time too.

Come visit us.

Added by: scott.potter  Contacted: Not contacted  Venue ID: 22998



gypsysmom (21)

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Sadly, the store has closed and from all appearances, will not be re-locating. Good bye Aqua, Aslan and Frodo.
January 2014 by zandoria
Sadly, Aqua is no longer around. I miss it.
April 2013 by gypsysmom
Great synergy of titles, events and bistro at this well-organized bookstore.
October 2009 by subarcticmike

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