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)


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.  Bill Clinton and James Patterson’s The President Is Missing returned to the top of the Times Fiction list this week (August 11th).

On The New York Times Best Seller List Non-Fiction The Russia Hoax by Gregg Jarrett Broadside remains in the #1 slot. A Fox News analyst’s view of the investigations surrounding the 2016 presidential campaign.

Heather Weston, award winning photographer, stopped in at House of Books this week and signed her incredible book – Canines of New York.  Stop in and check out our “Dog Days of Summer” display and…bring your dog, we always have treats available!!

We have a new selection of The New Yorker puzzles – large (500 to 1,000 pieces) and mini (20 to 100 pieces).  Stop by and check them out – fun for the whole family!