House of Books is a charming, upscale bookshop in a historic building in beautiful Kent, CT.

House of Books began as a small family business in a home on North Route 7 in the fall of 1976. As the business grew – owners Carol and John Hoffman purchased 10 N. Main St. in the heart of Kent, which seemed fitting, as it was in this building in 1915 where a committee of book lovers met – then called “Bulls Hall” in the hopes of planning the beginnings of a free Library in the town.
The building also served as the town’s post office. Carol Hoffman sold House of Books to Jim and Gini Blackketter in 1991. Robin Dill, a former bookseller at House of Books for 9 years under the Blackketter’s ownership, purchased the business from them in May of 2013, and so, House of Books remains Kent’s Literary Landmark.


Featuring: Quality literature, books on art, history and politics, biographies, fiction, and a special room with children’s books. Cards, music and gifts for the discerning reader.
We’re on the Appalachian Trail and specialize in maps, trail guides, books on local lore and the out-of-doors. See Kent Trails: A Hiker’s Guide from the Kent Conservation Commission!”


  • Mon.-Thurs.  10:00 – 5:00
  • Fri. & Sat.     10:00 – 5:30
  • Sun.  11:00 – 5:00

 Upcoming Book Signings –

“How Luck Happens” by NY Times Best Selling author Janice Kaplan  – Saturday May 5, 2-3:00

“Chock full of advice on how to make your own luck.”  Daniel Gilbert professor of psychology Harvard University.

“Limelight” by Amy Poeppel – Saturday May 5th 3:00-4:00

With a trademark style that’s “quick-witted and razor-sharp”, Poeppel shares a family’s transition to big city life with a book that delivers laughs, warmth and delightful wishful fulfillment.

” Dogs of Camelot” by Margaret Reed – Saturday June 2, 2:00-3:00

The Dogs of Camelot provide an unlikely yet endearing portrait of an almost mythic family whose humanity might be best show through their profound connections with their beloved animals.


A Moment and A Memory by illustrator William H. Frake III – Saturday May 19th 2:00

A talented cartoonist pens a hym of praise to the vanishing generation of WWII.  A Work Filled with love, laughter and remembrance.