• Aqua Books (1999-2012) is now permanently closed. This site is for posterity only. Thank you for everything.
  • Coming May 2014 -

274 Garry St.
(Between Portage
& Graham)

Winnipeg, MB
Canada  R3C 1H3

Tues-Sat 11am-9pm
Sun-Mon Closed


We accept Interac, Visa and Mastercard too

What people are saying:

Your place is my venue of choice when the question is, “where should we go?” and here is why: 1) It is not pretentious, stuck-up, snobby, or takes itself seriously in any way; 2) Maintains a balanced sense of arts and culture in Winnipeg, without going down the path described in (1) that most places have; 3) Food is reasonably priced. And considering the quality, is downright cheap; 4) I can eat there (gluten-free options), and peanut allergy people can relax and eat there too, as can those avoiding dairy, like vegans; it truly is amazing how accessible your menu is.; 5) Open late; 6) On several good bus routes, and if not taking a bus, the parking options are reasonable. I could go on, but I’m sensing your ego might just explode. You and Candace have done an amazing job. Your place is EXACTLY the kind of place that Winnipeg needed. - Helen Konrad, Wolseley

Anthology Reading Series

Aqua Books, in conjuction with the Manitoba Writers' Guild, is pleased to present our new fiction series, Anthology. Every month, we bring a trio of Manitoba's most accomplished writers to the stage at Winnipeg's Cultural City Hall. For past Anthology events, click here.

Wednesday, May 25/11 7pm

Founders Anthology Reading Series
MWG founders Sandra Birdsell and Valerie Reed, with Sarah Klassen

Valerie Reed was a member of the Riverview Writers Group whose members included Victor Enns, Armin Wiebe, Sandra Birdsell, Andris Taskans, Kate Bitney, and Smaro Kamboureli; this group dreamt up the MWG on Victor Enns' farm in 1981/82. Reed's When the Dogs Bark at Night, published in 1980, was the first chapbook Turnstone Press ever published. More recently, she published a long poem in A/Cross Sections: New Manitoba Writing, the 25th anniversary anthology put out by the MWG in 2007. She has three degrees and three sons and lives in Winnipeg.

Sarah Klassen is a former English teacher now writing, editing and reading in Winnipeg. She writed both poetry and fiction and also enjoys editing and mentoring in the writing community. Her latest publications are A Feast of Longing (stories) and A Curious Beatitude (poetry). Her work has, in 2010, appeared in the anthologies Pith & Wry (ed. Susan McMaster) and Tonguescrews and Testimonies (ed. Kirsten Beachy).

Sandra Birdsell, among Canada's finest fiction writers, was born in Manitoba, and lived for many years in Winnipeg. She is the author of eight works of fiction that have been nominated for the Giller Prize and longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Birdsell's most recent novel, Waiting for Joe (Random House, 2010) was a finalist for the Governor General's Award for Fiction and won the Saskatchewan Book Award for Fiction. She lives in Regina.

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