Rick Broussard, editor of New Hampshire Magazine, described the feeling of visiting our bookshop in Lee:
The rustic floorboards are steady underfoot, making not a squeak to distract the minds of those who search the shelves. Each nook and surface and collection of curiosities is arranged by careful hands to facilitate curiosity and a sense of place in this cosmos of books. The labels defining areas of interest are thoughtfully hand-penned, suggesting that there are human guides nearby should a browser decide to come up for air and inquire about a specific title.
Read more at nhmagazine.com
Come for the books, stay for the ample holiday shopping options. When you visit our store in Lee, NH you’re not just visiting a world-renown bookstore, you’re visiting one of the most active cultural centers in New England. In nearby Newmarket, you can visit a bizarre holiday gifts fair. In Dover, there’s a Soiree at the Arts Center. In Exeter, a winter farmers market where you can find a special addition to your holiday season cooking. We hope to see you today and tomorrow for a busy day of book shopping. New stock is being put on the shelves every week and this week is no exception!
A Holiday Soiree at The Art Center
The Art Center is thrilled to celebrate their second anniversary in Dover, NH by bringing talented artists from across the seacoast together for a wonderful two day Holiday Soiree! Come to the Art Center Saturday, December 14th from 4 to 8 PM and Sunday, December 15th from 10AM to 4 PM and find that perfect gift for that special someone in your life.
More info at theartcenterdover.com
Holidaze Bizaare 8th annual Alternative Craft Fair
Wrong Brain presents: the 8th Annual Holidaze Bizaare alternative craft fair! 30+ vendors, every item is handmade, recycled or vintage; unique & unconventional. The finest of the Seacoast underground emerge to bring you strange surprises for your holiday shopping.
More info at portsmouthnh.com
Seacoast Eat Local Winter Farmers Market in Exeter
Seacoast Eat Local presents Winter Farmers Markets in Exeter, Rollinsford, and Kittery throughout the winter. Open to everyone and family-friendly. Dozens of vendors including fresh produce, meat, dairy, baked goods, prepared foods, and more.
More info at seacoasteatlocal.org
Lee Tree Lighting and Holiday Concert
Friends of the Lee Library have announced the annual tree lighting and holiday concert will take place this Saturday:
Again this year, we are pleased to have members of the ORHS Jazz Band, along with director Dave Ervin, provide a wonderful evening of jazz and holiday music. Come join us for this great get together. Begins at 4 p.m. at the Town Triangle.
The tree lighting takes place across the street from our shop in the center of Lee. The Jeremiah Smith Grange Hall, located just down Lee Hook Road, will play host to the holiday concert.
For event details, visit leelibrarynh.org.
Chef’s Table at Flag Hill
You might also stop by Flag Hill Winery & Distillery this Saturday at 6pm for their Chef’s Table Dinner Series. These dinners are hosted in Flag Hill’s post & beam dining room and include 4-courses, each course being paired with a wine, spirit, or cocktail.
If you’re more of an early bird—or an avid day drinker—you might want to stop by Flag Hill at 12pm for a Distillery & Winery Tour. Guided tours are open to all visitors at noon every Saturday and Sunday.
Of course, you can stop by Flag Hill any day from 11am to 5pm to visit the tasting room and browse the gift shop. Just like Cabernet Sauvignon and grilled steak, a visit to Avenue Victor Hugo Books pairs well with a visit to Flag Hill.
Reporter Brian MacQuarrie visited our humble little book barn and then shocked us with a story on the front page of the Saturday edition of the Boston Globe!
The piece is lovely and captured the essence of why Vince & Thais reopened Avenue Victor Hugo books after a long hiatus from retail bookselling:
Now, the books have moved to the quiet center of this southern New Hampshire village, waiting to be held, and opened, and plumbed for the magic that lies inside. It’s a magic that McCaffrey and his wife, Thais, couldn’t resist rekindling, with or without the prospect of commercial success.
Read more at bostonglobe.com.
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.