Avol Books at Canterbury / Canterbury Inn
http://www.avolsbooks.com/index.html -- Avol's Books
http://www.abebooks.com/home/avols/ -- Searching for Books at Avol's Books
(608) 255-4730 -- Avol's Books (selling used books)
Note: For availability of new or used book, call a Room of One's Own Bookstore at 608-257-7888
(608) 663-4872 -- Canterbury Inn Apartments
Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sunday 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
315 W. Gorham St, Suite C
Madison, WI 53703
Established in 1980 by Richard & Carol Avol, Avol’s is a general used and out-of-print bookstore. Originally located on Williamson St., the store moved after one year to a single-story frame building located at the intersection of State St., Broom St., and Gilman. Some years later, a fire in an adjacent building forced the store to move, and it relocated to the former Women’s Building at 240 W. Gilman. The present owner, Ron Czerwien, purchased the business from the Avols in 1993. Shortly thereafter, Richard & Carol Avol moved to Washburn, WI, where they currently operate Chequamegon Books & Coffee.
After the Women’s Building was sold to a local developer in 2003, Avol’s lost its lease. At about the same time, Canterbury, a new bookstore which also operated a café and bed & breakfast, announced that it would be closing after 13 years of operation. The owners met, and soon arrangements were made for Avol’s to lease the former Canterbury Bookstore space. The coffee-shop space was subsequently sublet to Bookworks, another used & out-of-print bookstore, which had closed its State St. location about a year after Canterbury closed. The bed & breakfast also discontinued operating and today the rooms are rented, mainly to graduate students and visiting faculty.
In late July of 2012, Avol’s gave up its lease and the space was rented to A Room of One’s Own, a locally owned and operated new book store. Avol’s owner, Ron Czerwien, continues to maintain a presence by supplying used books to Room on a consignment basis, and by acting as the used-book buyer for the store.
Special attention is given to fiction, poetry, biography, local authors, small presses and children's literature. A unique area close by celebrates, shelf by shelf, recipients of the National Book Award, the Booker Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the Pen/Faulkner Award and the Nobel Prize. The intimate children's corner is the site of weekly story hours in which booksellers and parents take turns reading their favorite picture books.
The Canterbury Inn Apartments are furnished apartments of varying sizes with elaborate murals, hand-painted details, lofty ceilings, skylights, built-in bookcases and tiled bathrooms with whirlpools. See website for more details and rental prices.