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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                 Upcoming Book Signings



Saturday Oct. 14th 2-3:00 – Amanda Glover is here with her cookbook,

“Sweetie Bake Your Day:  Sweet & Savory Baked Goods Anyone

Can Make.”




Gilmore Girls Fan Fest is October 20th-22nd. House of Books will be

featuring the following Book Signings on Sat. 21st from 1-3pm  Eat Like

a Gilmore by Kristi Carlson Grandma Told Me So, by Carla McCloskey

and Smokey the Cat finds his purr by Biff & Katrina Yeager.




Saturday Oct. 28th 2-3:00 – The Polhemus brothers are back to read a

portion of their book, “Up on Preston Mountain”.  This is a

fascinating book on a lost colony up on our own Kent’s Preston Mountain




   Kent’s Annual Champagne Stroll is scheduled for

Friday November 24th and Saturday, Nov. 25th.