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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Meet and mingle with scores of top leaders in dozens of

fields.  Three days of intellectual and cultural speakers.

Speakers representing science, technology, political

issues, the performing arts and more will be on the

program. For more information:  www.kentpresents.org.

If you cannot attend the program many of the author’s books will be

available at House of Books.

          Thurs. July 27th – Saturday July 29th



               ARTS NIGHT – Sat. July 29th


*Stroll the Art Galleries and Shops in Kent, we’re

open late.


*Live Music throughout town.





Super Sales on the Sidewalks

Car Cruise Night *Fire Truck Rides *Live Music

Great Food!     For more info:  Kentct.com