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Maria Paviadakis

“I am bookseller out of passion; it was my dream as a little girl! An only child surrounded by books, I remember the very first I was given and still have it, as well as all the following and all the ones I bought in the meantime... That's a lot of them, believe me!

But let’s stay on track here! I did (and finished) a degree in Outdoor Trade at the University of Labor in Charleroi, a diploma of Photographer at IATA in Namur, a Bachelor's degree in Archaeology and Art History (Antiquity Section) at Notre-Dame de Namur and UCL, as well as evening classes in Dutch, English, Spanish, Arabic...

My great-grandparents were Greek immigrants who came to work in the mines of Charleroi. My parents run a Greek restaurant in the area. I married a man from Mouscron, and I have three teenagers, including one girl who reads a lot. Me, I’m a book addict. I always need to have at least one with me at all time; just in case the world ends!

Everything I've done in my life, I've done it fast, as quickly as possible, so I can settle down and read quietly! I started my own bookstore, Bibliopolis, in Mouscron 10 years ago. In 2017, the twist and turns of life granted me the opportunity to buy the Melpomene bookstore, which had been in existence for 40 years. Since then, I have opened a branch in Comines and developed the main original store. I get up every morning to come to "work"; my first steps in the bookstore are always accompanied by a sigh of satisfaction at the idea of spending my day among all these books.”


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