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 North on 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!”

 HOURS:  Mon.-Thurs.  10:00 – 5:00

                Fri. & Sat.     10:00 – 5:30

                Sun.  11:00 – 5:00

The Kent Shop Hop

March 24-26th

3 Days, 30 Shops 30 Sensational Sales & Demos!

Click here for This week’s Staff Picks !

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~ O, The Oprah Magazine

Delightful! Every page was packed with wonders.”

~ Maria Semple

Book Signing on Saturday, April 15th 2-3pm with Elinor Lipman!