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About Avenue Victor Hugo Books

Vincent McCaffrey wrote his college thesis on bookselling and sold books from a pushcart before opening Avenue Victor Hugo Books in 1975.

For nearly 30 years, Avenue Victor Hugo Books was a fixture of Newbury Street in Boston’s Back Bay, at one time holding over a quarter-million magazines and 150,000 used books. Awarded “Best Used Bookstore” multiple times by Boston Magazine, the store was a favorite of Boston-area authors and college students alike. During its years on Newbury Street, Avenue Victor Hugo also played host to Fiction, Galileo, and Galaxy magazines, all published by McCaffrey.

In 2016, Vince and his wife, Thais Coburn, moved Avenue Victor Hugo to the quiet town of Lee, New Hampshire, 10 minutes from the University of New Hampshire campus in Durham. The store’s relocation to New Hampshire was featured on WBGH Boston News, WVCB’s Boston Chronicle, NHPR, and WMUR’s New Hampshire ChronicleAvenue Victor Hugo was featured in New Hampshire magazine, The Boston Globe, UNH’s The New Hampshire, The New Hampshire Union Leader, Foster’s Daily Democrat.

Avenue Victor Hugo Books is now online-only, selling on all major marketplaces and through our own store at shop.avenuevictorhugobooks.com.

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Avenue Victor Hugo offers signed copies of Vince’s own novels, which are available to preview or purchase at vincentmccaffrey.com. You can join the conversation about Vince’s writing and get notified when new books are released by following him on Goodreads.