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

“Friends Bearing Gifts” by Joseph Cicio – Saturday May 26, 2:00-3:00

Local author and visionary creative leader in the world of retail shares his relationships with celebrities and the beautiful gifts they brought him.  This is Mr. Cicio’s first book.


” 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.