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A brief history of Aqua Books

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AQUA Books opened in July 1999 as Aslan & Frodo's Used Books at 306 Notre Dame Ave. The name was changed in August 2001 because people just found it confusing. Landlord troubles forced a move in January 2003. Our move into The Exchange at 89 Princess St. doubled our size to a whopping 1,500 square feet. More landlord trouble and a big idea to go big landed us at 274 Garry St. in April 2008. We bought the former Chinese restaurant in late 2007 and spent six months and a quarter of a million dollars renovating. Aqua Books is now 8,400 square feet and includes our on-site restaurant, EAT! bistro, events rooms, writers' studios and our 100-seat theatre. Aqua Books is Western Canada's second-busiest arts and cultural venue (behind the Banff Centre), and Aqua/EAT! recently won the Downtown BIZ's award for most innovative small business.

Events this week

TUES., FEB. 22, 7 P.M.

Manitoba Association of Playwrights presents Brandon Night with Brandon playwrights Dale Lakevold, Laurie Block, Gordon Portman, Di Brandt and Kursty Cameron, hosted by Bruce Sarbit.

TUES., FEB. 22, 7 P.M.

Haut-parleurs, avec Laurent Poliquin.

WED., FEB. 23, 8 P.M., $10

English Lute Songs and Renaissance Poetry; vocalist Josée Vaillancourt, with music by Andrew Erickson and readings by Brian Richardson.

THURS., FEB. 24, 7 P.M.

Founders Anthology Series; MWG founder Dave Williamson, with Carolyn Gray and Armin Wiebe

FRI., FEB. 25, 8 P.M., $10

Doug Edmond Band

Sat., Feb. 26

CELIAC-FRIENDLY DAY AT EAT!

SAT., FEB. 26, 11 A.M. - 4 P.M., $75

From the Ground Up: Planning and Writing a Publishable Story; award-winning writer Jake MacDonald.

SAT., FEB. 26, 2 P.M., $5

Winnipeg Talking Radio Orchestra presents X Minus One/Frankenstein Double Feature, starring Maureen Scurfield, Chris Rutkowski, Tim Higgins, Mike Lewis, and introducing Kelly Hughes as The Announcer.

SAT., FEB. 26, 4 P.M.

CreComm student readings

SAT., FEB. 26, 7:30 P.M.

ideaExchange; The Idea of Religious Freedom, and What it Means, with Dr. Clint Curle, of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 20, 2011 A9

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