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-Herde 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!”

“A book is a dream you can hold in your hand”.

                                       – Neil Gaiman



                                       10:30 – 1:00

 MEET Santa Claus at the House of Books!!!



This week’s Staff Picks –

                                                                                                Thank You For Being Late – The mark of a great book is that it helps you to see things in a new way.

  Born to Run

Bruce Springsteen’s memoir Born to Run is honest and insightful – beautifully written and packs a punch just like so many of his greatest songs.  – Robin, Owner House of Books.


Underground Railroad – This book in a powerfully painful way will stop you in your tracks, break your heart, open your eyes.  I will forever remember Cora, she will haunt me for some time to come.  – Robin, Owner House of Books


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