🏖️ We'll be closed for three weekends this summer. From July 23rd through August 7th, we'll be getting some much-needed R&R. Regular hours will resume on Friday, August 13th.
📚 Because of the large influx of stock during the past year, we will not be purchasing books again until September 23rd.
AVH in the News and News About AVH
Ciarra Annis of The New Hampshire, the independent student paper of the University of New Hampshire, helped to introduce Avenue Victor Hugo to the campus community:
On the corner of George Bennett and Lee Hill Road in Lee, there sits a little red building that used to be a barn. Where once it might’ve been used for storing tools, now it’s a treasure trove of used books of all genres.
Writing for the New Hampshire Union Leader, correspondent Kimberly Haas covered the reopening of our store and Vincent McCaffrey’s writing:
McCaffrey said he keeps his characters believable and interesting by having conversations with them as his stories progress.
The way to make a character is to start talking to them, McCaffrey said.
Read more at unionleader.com.
From The Boston Sunday Globe literary column:
The storied, atmospheric Avenue Victor Hugo bookstore lived on Newbury Street for nearly three decades before a rent hike (to $25k/month) forced the shop to shutter in 2004. For author and owner Vincent McCaffrey, re-opening sometime, somewhere was always the plan. And now, fifteen years later, it’s happened, this time, in an old barn in Lee, New Hampshire, where he and his wife now live.
Read more from this piece by Nina MacLaughlin at bostonglobe.com.
As of yesterday, the barn in Lee, New Hampshire, is now open to browsers on Saturdays. After two and a half years of getting things in workable order (not perfect but workable, mind you) with shelves in place, books roughly alphabetical and categorized, lights wired, and just lately, digging out the salvaged artifacts from the old shop on Newbury Street that we put away fourteen years ago with faint hope of ever seeing them again (that now felt like the unwrapping of Christmas ornaments from their boxes) so that we might fill the odd spaces here with whimsey and give reference to our own past, we are here!(more…)