Aqua Books owner Kelly Hughes with first Writer in Residence Anita Daher (Aqua Books)
In the summer of 2007, YA writer Anita Daher told me how nice it would be to have a place to write. Between her small house, her kids, her husband, and her dog, she had to write sitting on an exercise ball in her living room.
At the time, we'd been looking for a new space for the bookstore (and our new restaurant). The old Chinese restaurant we found was more than five times bigger than our old location. On the second floor, there were two large spaces. One was obviously going to be our new theatre, but I wasn't sure about the other.
Writer's studios, I thought, finally. So we built three offices in the quietest part of the building and filled them with vintage couches, oak desks and brass lamps. One we rented out to a notable (and anonymous) local author who was working on his/her eighth book. And we created the Aqua Books Writer-in-Residence program for the other two studios.
Views of Kildonan Settlers bridge, Main Street and North Kildonan
Views of Route 90 and Portage Ave.
Views of Osborne, Confusion Corner, the Legislature and the Osborne Street bridge