If it’s gay, you will find it in this bookstore. Well, it’s more than just a bookstore. They sell lesbian, gay and trans books, pins, calendars, a rainbow coloured beach towels…and they organize a lot of cultural activities.
I like the place for several reasons. Obviously, if I’m looking for an LGBT book or movie, this is the only spot I’m sure where they have probably everything. Also, they know what they are talking about. I think it’s nice that the people who sell you stuff actually love their ‘product’ and show some passion for it.
They will also regularly have events where an author does a book-reading, maybe some poetry, a little live music and a piece of pie… Perfect on a Sunday afternoon as far as I am concerned. A while ago I played host for a day. They had an activity for children with the author of a children’s book playing with the little ones. Afterwards the authors that published at ‘Kartonnen Dozen’ – yes, those busy bees are also publishers – talked about their work. Fun, interesting and always a very cosy and welcoming atmosphere.
They house the fiction department of the LGBT library from ‘Het Roze Huis’, the LGBT umbrella organization in Antwerp. So I can just as well loan a book instead of buying it over there. Every two months on Sunday morning, they host a book reading club. Great for people who like to read and socialize!