Re: RARA-AVIS: Brussels bookstores

From: Peedie Monk (
Date: 16 May 2002

Richard wrote:
> Jeremy, it seems like Brussels is suddenly crowded with Rara-avians now
> I no longer live on Rue du Mail in Ixelles. Let me recommend to you (and
> others who go through Brussels) to the bookstore "Polar & Co." at 257
> Chaussee d'inelles, 1050 Brussels which features both new and used books,
> primarily crime but some SF. Most of its stock is French language but it
> does feature some English language used paperbacks. The hill is damn
> from the tram stop. Some old Gold Medals turn up there now and then.

I worked in Brussels for a month last year and found it to be a wonderful city and a surprising source of US pulp paperbacks. The two main sources for me were the fleamarket in the Place du Jeu de Balle and Pele-Mele at Bd Maurice Lemonnier 55. Two of the biggest collections of PBOs I've ever seen were in Brussels. One filled an entire room, the other just a single wall
(but it was a long and very high wall). Both collections were amassed entirely from local sources. To put that in perspective, in Edinburgh
(Scotland) where I normally reside, I found a paltry 3 Gold Medal titles last year. When I returned from Brussels I had a half-size rucksack full of them.

Al Guthrie

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