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

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 Emma Smith-Steven’s

“The Australian”  Book Signing:  Sat. June 17th 2:00-3


 An unbelievable novel from a funny writer with a genius for prose.  The Australian character follows a young man called the Australian. He is mysterious yet embodies us all as we search for life with meaning.


Mary Simses – Book Signing –

“Rules of Love & Grammar” 

Sat. July 1, 2017            2-3:00

Newly jobless and single, writer Grace Hammond hits pause and returns to her Connecticut hometown.  As Grace sets out to make peace with the past and the tragedy that took her older sister many years prior, she rekindles romance with her high school sweetheart, whose now a famous director filming a movie in town.  Grace must decide what truly matters.  Does she throw away the book and follow her heart?















Book Signing & Talk on Nutritional Support for Lyme Disease

Come meet Rika Keck  Saturday July 15th  2-3:00