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.  10:00 – 5:00  (for the summer)


Stop by The House of Books during July and get your map to the local merchants in town where Waldo will be hiding.  Find him, get your map stamped and be part of the fun.  Find Waldo in 10 stores and get a Where’s Waldo button and a dollar off coupon on a number of Where’s Waldo Books.  Find him in more than 10 stores and you’ll be entered the grand prizes drawing on July 30th!!

Kent Sidewalk Festival – Aug. 2 – 5

Super Sales – Great Food – Car Cruise Night, Children’s Activities, Outdoor Book Sale, Fire Truck Rides, Face Painting and Live Music!!!  What a weekend sponsored by the Kent Chamber of Commerce!

Kent Presents – A Festival of Ideas – August 16-18

The highly acclaimed Ideas Festival is now in its fourth year.  For three days in August, meet, mingle, and dine with diplomats, artists, scientists, authors…and leaders in every field.  For more information go to www.kentpresents.org or contact Julia Benedict at 860-222-4234 or julia@kentpresents.org


HOUSE OF BOOKS carries all of the New York Times Best Sellers, Fiction and Non-Fiction, as well as the Regional Indie Best Sellers, updated weekly.  #1 Fiction on Times and Indie this week ( July 15th) is The President Is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson!

#1 Non-Fiction on Times and Indie this week (July 15th) is Calypso by David Sedaris.