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  • 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

This Week at Aqua Books

This Week at Aqua Books is the award-winning weekly e-newsletter from the single typing finger of me, Bookstore Owner Kelly Hughes. While it hasn't actually won anything but hearts and minds, TW@AB has been informing, entertaining and Tilting at Windbags since 2005. Sounds great, yes? Well, it's not posted online because then it would be a blog, wouldn't it? (At over 1600 subscribers and climbing, this is easily the most popular I've been since I was a child star on CTV's Let's Go! in 1982.) Click here to receive This Week at Aqua Books in your inbox. Here are a couple of historical tidbits.

Cuba (not so) Libre 1.11.10
How I spent my Christmas vacation.

The Great Parking Sticker Snafu 8.19.09
I try to stay out of trouble, but I'm never very successful.

I Burned My Bra in San Francisco 12.28.08
The SF field trip via Tumblr.

Southern Ontario and What I Found There 10.6.08
Complete foolishness.

100 Real Reasons to Love Winnipeg 7.28.08
The completed list.

Tribute to Brad Hughes 5.21.08
The obituary for my brother that didn't make it into the paper.

Renovations 1.15.08 - ?
A few pics of our endless renovations of 274 Garry Street.

The Move 3.30.08 - 3.31.08
How to pack and move 25,000 books in two days.

EAT! bistro photo shoot 3.4.08
Chef Candace Hughes and food photographer Steve Salnikowski.

My NYC 1.7.08
Just pictures and words.

Aqua Books Announces New Location 12.5.07
The cat's out of the bag, baby.

Artist's Rendition of 274 Garry Street 12.5.07
I guess it looks more or less like that.

The Soup Incident 11.7.07
I fought the law, and you, the reader, won.

Noah's Bark 2.3.07
We helped to raise $270 for Noah's Bark

An Interview With...
Winnipeg Harvest's David Northcott (12.06)

What Month Is It?
One day it occurred to me that this was a good idea for busy people. I'm still waiting for Google to make me an offer on it.

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