About Us

Be empowered! Be inspired! Read!

Welcome to Avant-garde Books! We strongly believe that the right literature can potentially inform, uplift, inspire, transform, and empower people to lead better lives. Our principal goal is to make sure we meet our customers’ reading needs.
Avant-garde Books, LLC also deeply understands the impact that literacy levels can have on personal, academic, and professional success. Therefore, we are committed to promoting and building literacy, particularly among children in urban and/or impoverished communities.

Originally established in 2003, Avant-garde Books was used solely as the publishing imprint of educator and author, C. Chérie (Brown) Hardy. After almost 30 years of service in public schools, Hardy decided to combine her passion for literacy and learning to business, and expanded the products and services of Avant-garde Books.

Today, Avant-garde Books, LLC and our new subsidiary, Mahogany Bookshelf (Click to visit website) are exclusively online. However, we hope to open a brick and mortar storefront which includes a café as well as small meeting rooms for tutoring, enrichment classes, and special projects. You can help us bring a bookstore to our community by purchasing books and/or making a donation. No amount is too small. 

Thank you for visiting our site! We would love to hear from you. Let us know how we can better serve you and/or your organization. Please send your comments and questions to avantgardebooks@gmail.com.


Avant-garde Books, LLC is a mother/daughter team committed to improving the lives of children through literacy!

C. Cherie Hardy, Educator, Author, and CEO

Felicia C. Hardy, Life Coach, Author, and COO