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

274 Garry St.
(Between Portage
& Graham)

Winnipeg, MB
Canada  R3C 1H3
204-943-7555

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

EMAIL
kelly@aquabooks.ca

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

The Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry Series

The Aqua Lansdowne is Manitoba's largest poetry prize. Based around the award and hosted in conjunction with the Writer's Collective, this series celebrates the best in Manitoba poetry. Congratulations to this year's winner, Ariel Gordon. For the history of the Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry/Prix Lansdowne de poésie click here, and for past readings click here.

Monday, April 23/12 7pm


2012 Nominees Méira Cook, J. R. Léveillé and Jennifer Still

Méira CookA Walker in the City is Méira Cook’s third book of poetry with Brick Books. The opening poem of this collection won first place in the 2006 CBC Literary Awards, and poems in this series were selected as part of the Poetry in Motion initiative. Her earlier books with Brick Books are Toward a Catalogue of Falling (1996) and Slovenly Love (2003). Méira Cook lives, writes, and walks in Winnipeg.


J.R. LéveilléNé à Winnipeg en 1945, J.R. Léveillé est l’auteur d’une vingtaine d’oeuvres (romans, poésie, essais) publiés au Manitoba, en Ontario, au Québec et en France. À la fin des années 1960, il entreprend des études de maîtrise et de doctorat en littérature française et a été boursier des gouvernements du Canada et de la France. De 1973 à 1980, il réside en Ontario et au Québec où il enseigne. En 1981, il revient au Manitoba et poursuit une carrière comme journaliste et réalisateur à Radio-Canada jusqu’en 2006. J.R. Léveillé a réalisé des portraits d’auteurs pour la télévision, dirigé des numéros spéciaux de revues littéraires et il est un conférencier invité à de nombreuses rencontres nationales et internationales. Il est directeur littéraire aux Éditions du Blé et siège au conseil du Winnipeg International Writers Festival. J.R. Léveillé est lauréat du Prix Champlain 2002 du Conseil de la Vie française en Amérique, ainsi que du Prix Rue-Deschambault 2003 de la province du Manitoba pour son roman, Le soleil du lac qui se couche; il a reçu le Prix littéraire du Manitoba français en 1994 pour sa poésie et le Prix du Consulat général de France à Toronto en 1997 pour l’ensemble de son oeuvre. En 1999, il fut intronisé au Temple de la renommée de la Culture au Manitoba pour sa contribution à la littérature et a été récipiendaire du Manitoba Lifetime Writing and Publishing Award en 2007. Un colloque international sur son oeuvre a eu lieu à Saint-Boniface en 2005.


Jennifer StillJennifer Still’s first collection of poems, Saltations, was nominated for three Saskatchewan Book Awards. Poems from her new collection Girlwood (Brick Books, 2011) were finalists in the 2008 CBC Literary Awards. After living her adult years until just recently in Saskatchewan, Jennifer now lives in Winnipeg with her husband and two children.


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