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Thursday 22 October 2020 12:00

Close Reading Lou Sullivan

Close Reading Lou Sullivan

On the 22nd of October we will dive into the radical diary writing of activist and writer Lou Sullivan. Sullivan’s writing in We Both Laughed in Pleasure: The Selected Diaries of Lou Sullivan chronicles his life as a gay trans man and was awarded the Lambda Literary Award for Best Transgender Non-fiction in 2020 and a finalist for the Publishing Triangle Award. Brussels activist Robin Brettar will select fragments from Sullivan’s work and guide us through the text. In collaboration with Passa Porta, international house of literature.


Recent Projects

Saturday 3 October 2020 12h00-20h00

Reopening :: We are moving!

Reopening :: We are moving!

We are very excited to announce that we are moving our shop and project this October to ARGOS! We welcome you to our new space now open 5 days a week. With a much larger and more accessible space we're looking to make it possible to spend time differently, with the books, the program, and one another. Welcome!


Friday 28 August 2020 (14:00 CEST)

Broadcasting 'Vava Dudu'

Broadcasting 'Vava Dudu'

rile* is thrilled to present a conversation with Vava Dudu, Alberto García del Castillo and Geo Wyeth, hosted by Marnie Slater. The conversation centers around the publication of the first anthology of poetry by fashion designer, musician, painter, and Paris icon Vava Dudu. Vava’s poems are culled from language she prints and publishes on garments, as well as song lyrics from her electro-punk band La Chatte.


Thursday 30 July until Monday 17 August 2020

Volunteer call out

Volunteer call out

We are looking for people interested in helping with the bookshop and our events. In the fall we will be expanding the opening hours of our bookshop, and be more accessible, taking into consideration the current health and safety measures. If you are interested or if you have any further questions please email us at before the 17th of August.


Past Projects

Monday 15th of June until Friday 19th of June 2020

rile* reading room

rile* opens an online reading room for The School for Temporary Liveness Vol. 2, a week-long program around new formats for knowledge-exchange within performance and dance presented by the University of the Arts MFA in Dance, Philadelphia. Contributions to the reading room by Lauren Bakst, Morgan Bassichis, Niall Jones, Wilmer Wilson VI, Tina Campt, Simone White, Arkadi Zaides, Rebecca Schneider, among many others.


Sunday 26th of April 2020 (23:00 CEST)

Broadcast of 'Neighbor/ Treatment'

Last month Rachel Levitsky came by rile*. We ended up recording a reading from the new reprint of her poetry collection Neighbor (2020, 2009 - Ugly Duckling Press). In the meantime, things have changed. The second part of the show is a remote recording by Adrian Bridget around his self-published novel Treatment (2019). The novel consists of around 40 Treatments as chapters. Here's a few of them. Disclaimer: some parts near the end of the show have visual descriptions of gore. Music clips by O Yuki Conjugate, hosted by Sven Dehens for rile* and MPR.


Sunday 15th of March until Monday 15th of June 2020

Temporary Closure

Due to COVID-19 rile* is temporarily closed until further notice. However, we are still continuing our work remotely and are available for online orders. To make an order online you can now use our new online shop! If you want any assistance or recommendations or simply want to talk books, poetry, writing with us don't hesitate to get in touch via email, facebook or instagram— we'd be delighted!


Friday 6th of March 2020 (20:00)

Launch_ ce que laurence rassel nous fait faire

Welcome for the launch of 'ce que laurence rassel nous fait faire' a new publication by Agathe Boulanger, Signe Frederiksen and Jules Lagrange about and with Laurence Rassel, published by Paraguay Press. join us for a presentation and conversation with the three authors, the publisher and Laurence Rassel. x


Saturday 22nd of February 2020 (20h00)

Launch__Montez Press Interjection Calendar 005

We are celebrating the launch of Montez Press fifth edition of The Interjection Calendar with an evening of readings and performances from, Rene Matić, Bella Milroy, sabrina soyer, Lisa Robertson and Claudia Pagès.


Friday 7th of February until Sunday 9th of February 2020

Moveable Types

rile* takes part in MOVEABLE TYPES, a curated book event by Frances Horn. Moveable Types highlights the importance of printed matter and publishing for contemporary art. At Witte de With, the fair presents 18 publishers that especially have a close relation to poetry and performance.  more

Saturday 1st of February until Sunday 29th of March 2020

rile* x Argos

rile* has been invited to participate in the next exhibition 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 / 1000 Bruxelles at Argos Arts, during which we will take over the bookshop at Argos with a new selection of publications and editions. Argos, the exhibition and our selection of books over there are open from Wed to Sun from 11-18h at the Rue du Chantier 13, just around the corner of Jeanne Dieleman's bio-fictional address. Our space and shop at the Rue Paul Devaux 3 is open from Fri-Sun from 12-18h. x


Friday 31st of January 2020 (15h00)

Reading at Random or Turning The Page (or Singing Out of Doors)

Welcome for Simon Asencio's Reading at Random, hosted by rile*, presented by Batard Festival. "(...) A reading of and for multiple voices, to invoke figures, characters and myths from another time; a time prior to the formation of the author, prior to the narrative omniscience of the writer, prior to the internal voice of the individual reader." more

Tuesday 28th of January until Friday 31st of January 2020

rile* x Batard

rile* bookshop will be at Beursschouwburg from 17:30 everyday during Batard 2020. On Thursday at 17:00 we will join Engagement Arts for a conversation around self-organization and publishing in the foyer of Beurs. Welcome! More info on

Saturday 30th of November 2019 (20:00)

Launch __ Real-Time Realist #2

Welcome for the launch of Real-Time Realist #2 at rile*. With readings by Lieven Lahaye and Jungmyung Lee. more

Sunday 17th of November 2019 (16:00)

Launch __ Kathy Acker (1971-1975)

We welcome Claire Finch and Sébastien Jallaud for the launch of 'Kathy Acker (1971-1975)', a new publication of collected, mostly unpublished, early writings of Acker. The presentation will be followed by a conversation with Tessel Veneboer and a screening of [Untitled Tape 2] (1974) by Kathy Acker and Alan Sondheim. more

Saturday 12th of October 2019 (20:00)

Launch 'My Mother Laughs' + Another Gaze 3 with Daniella Shreir

Join us for the joint launch of 'My Mother Laughs' and the new edition of Another Gaze: A Feminist Film Journal, respectively translated and edited by Daniella Shreir. more

Sunday 6th of October 2019 (16:00)

Cyberpositive, a channeling __ Screening & Talk w Maggie Roberts

rile* welcomes Maggie Roberts for a screening and talk on the importance of fictioning. Maggie will discuss how fictioning, through speculation and sci-fi, has underpinned 0rphan Drift’s work since its inception in 1994. more

Sunday 25th of August 2019 (18:00)

Readings _ Rachel Levitsky and Nathalie Rozanes

rile* invites Rachel Levitsky (writer, editor and founder of Belladonna* Collaborative) and Nathalie Rozanes (writer, actor and performer) for an evening of readings and presentations. To mark the 20th anniversary of Belladonna* Collaborative, a feminist publishing collective based in New York, Rachel Levitsky will give a presentation on Anarcho-feminist institutional history through an essay she is currently writing on the history of Belladonna* Collaborative. more

Saturday 24th of August 2019 (19:30)

Book Launch _ Mette Edvardsen and Jeroen Peeters

Join us at rile* for the joint launch of Not Not Nothing by Mette Edvardsen and Something Some things Something else by Jeroen Peeters. Choreographer Mette Edvardsen and writer/dramaturg Jeroen Peeters will perform readings from their new books both published in February 2019 and present their publishing house Varamo Press. more

Saturday 10th of August 2019 (20:00)

next to all those organs you love

Next to all those organs you love is an evening bringing together artists and text workers who move between writing and performance. With readings and performances by Deborah Birch, Bryana Fritz and Alice Heyward. more

Thursday 6th of June 2019 

Edition of No Private Problems by Eleanor Weber

No Private Problems by Eleanor Weber are 43 A3 poster-poems and 6 A4 profile texts (AP, AW, CV, JA, ML, SB) first printed (artist prints) for the exhibition at M.I/mi1glissé, Berlin, 24 February – 5 March 2016. Reprinted (1st edition) for rile*, Brussels, 6 June 2019. more

Sunday 2nd of June 2019 (16:00)

Collective Launch: Koreografi, This Container and Engagement Arts

Koreografi (NO), This Container (SE/BE) and Engagement would like to invite you to a Collective Launch of our sister projects. more

Wednesday 29th of May 2019 (21:00)

Salon Mercure

Welcome to Salon Mercure, an open reading and txt salon, hosted by @lutlopl at rile*. Bring whatever you want to read or be read from. Come to listen and be listened to. more

Thursday 9th of May 2019 (20:00)

opening event with Angela Goh and Holly Childs

on May 9th rile* opens its doors, eyes and heart. we invite you to join us for the launch of our book shop and project space with a performance of Body Loss by Angela Goh and a reading of Hydrangea by Holly Childs. more

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I. about
rile* is a bookshop and project space for publication and performance. rile* is into poetry, theory, choreography, artist writing and various other text based experiments. rile* organizes performances, meetings, launches, readings... rile* is the base word for silence in Láadan, a feminist constructed language developed by Suzette Haden Elgin in 1982. The language was included in her science fiction Native Tongue series. Láadan contains a number of words that are used to make unambiguous statements that include how one feels about what one is saying. According to Elgin, this is designed to counter language's limitations to those who are forced to respond I know I said that, but I meant this.


III. books LIST
→ ANY books

IV. publishers we stock

3 Hole Press
7.45 Books
A Nos Amours
Abrams Comicarts
Ace Books
After 8 Books
Afternoon Editions
Animal Press
Another Gaze Journal
Arcadia Missa
Archive Books
Argos Arts
Art Paper Editions
Article Press
Aspect Science Fiction
Atropos Press
Beacon Press
Black Lawrence Press
BLF Press
Boiler House Press
Bom Dia Books
Book Works
Burning Books
Cabinet Editions
Camden Arts Centre
Centre Culturel Suisse
CO-Conspirator Press
Coach House Books
Coffee House Press
Copper Canyon Press
Crossing Press Berkeley
Cultural Democracy Editions
CUNY Centre for Humanities
d-act magazine
Da Capo Press
Dear Queer
Dis Voir
Ditto Press
Divided Publishing
DOLCE Publishing
Dorothy: A Publishing Project
Dostoyevsky Wannabe
Duke University Press
Eastside Projects
éditions ismael
Éditions Oparo
Éditions Supernova
Errant Bodies Press
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Feminist Press
Fence Books
First Second Books
Fivehundred places
Flat i
Forlaget Gestus
FSG Originals
Gender Fail
Gevaert Editions
Girls Like Us
Goldsmiths Press
Graywolf Press
Grove Press
Hauser & Wirth
Hirmer Verlag
Hocus Bogus Publishing
Hotel Magazine
Ignota Press
immixition books
Indiana University Press
information as material
Inpatient Press
Inventory Press
J-L TF Press
JRP Editions
K. Verlag
Kennedy & Boyd
Kenning Editions
Koenig Books
Kunstverein Amsterdam
Kunstverein Publishing
Lama Foundation
Last Gasp
Le Singe Design
Les Fugitives
Les Presses du Reel
Letter Machine Editions
Litmus Press
Liverpool University Press
Look Back And Laugh
Ma Bibliotheque
Mal Journal
Milkweed Editions
Montez Press
Mophradat and Sternberg Press
Mousse Publishing
Mulberry Tree Press
NAME Publications
New Directions Books
New Directions Publishing
New Star Books
New York Review of Books
New York University Press
Nightboat Books
No Place Press
NXS World
Oberon Modern Plays
Occasional Papers
Orchard Books
Oslo National Academy of the Arts
pântano books
Paraguay Press
Perfection Learning
Peter Owen Ltd
Phoenix Press
Pilot Press
PM Press
Prickly Paradigm Press
Primary Information
Princeton University Press
Prospect Miranda
PUB & Sandberg Instituut
Publication Studio Rotterdam
Reaktion Books
Résidence la Verrerie
Ricochet Editions
Riverhead Books
Roli Books
Roma Publications
Roof Books
Rowman & Littlefield International
Schizm Magazine
Seal Press
Serralves Foundation
Seven Stories Press
Shelter Press
Sibling Rivalry Press
Siglio Press
Silver Press
Sinister Wisdom
Slimvolume Synthesis
Soft Skull Press
Soiree Berkson
Starship Magazine
Sternberg Press
Suck Campari Dyke
Tabloid Publications
Tender Buttons Press
Test Centre
The Second Shelf
The Song Cave
Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine
Tin House Books
Tinted Window
Tombolo Press
Transit Books
Trapart Books
Tuumba Press
Ugly Duckling Press
uh books
University of Alberta Press
University of Arts School of Dance
University of California Press
University of Chicago Press
University of Hell Press
University of Minnesota Press
University of Texas Press
Varamo Press
Verso Books
Vintage Contemporaries
W. W. Norton & Company
Wave Books
Wendy's Subway
Wolfman Books

V. shop

Our bookshop is open on Wednesday and Thursday from 11h to 17h, and from Friday to Sunday from 11h to 19h.

62 Rue Commerçants
1000 Brussels - BE

VI. info
If you are interested to stock with us, get in touch, we are open for conversation and new friendships.

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