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


Voices of Poetry is back at

House of Books

Celebrate Valentines Day Early

with some Poetry, Wine & Friends!


On Saturday, February 10th from 4-6pm Voices of Poetry will return to House of Books and will feature the following poets:


Lori Desrosier:

Her poem “about the body” won the Liakoura Prize from Pirene’s Fountain in 2017. She won the Greater Brockton Poets Award for New England Poets award for her poem “That Pomegranate Shine” in 2010, judged by X.J. Kennedy. Nominated for Pushcart Prize in 2015. She has read her poetry and taught workshops at numerous colleges and conferences. She holds an M.F.A. from New England College and an M.Ed. from Lesley University.



Patrick Donnelly:

Is the author of 4 books of poetry. In 2015 Donnelly and Miller’s translations from Vulture Peak were awarded the Japan U.S. Friendship Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature. Donnelly was 2015-2017 Poet Laureate of Northampton,  Mass, and is a current associate editor of Poetry International, and a former associate editor at Four Way Books. Donnelly is a recipient of a 2018 Amy Clampitt Residency Award, which will include a six month stay at Clampitt’s former residence in Lenox, Mass.



Karen Skolfield:


Skolfield’s book Frost in the Low Areas won the 2014 PEN New England Award in poetry and the First Book Award from Zone 3 Press, and is a Massachusetts “Must Read” selection. She is the winner of the 2016 Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in poetry from The Missouri Review, the 2015 Robert H. Winner award from the Poetry Society of America, and the 2015 Arts & Humanities Award from New England Public Radio. Skolfield is an Army veteran and teaches writing to engineers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she earned her Master of Fine Arts.


David K. Leff:


Essayist, Poet, photographer and sometime fiction writer. The author of many books hi is a contributor to the editorail and Place pages of the Hartford Courant and has written a column for his local weekly paper. His essays have been published in Appalachia, Canoe and Kayak, The Encyclopedia of New England, Yankee, and elsewhere. His photographs have appeared in newspapers and magazines and were the subject of a show a the gallery on the Green in Canton, Ct.