Welcome to the Chatham Bookstore

the bookstore storefront on Main Street, Chatham, NY

Welcome to the Chatham Bookstore

Community through books

We offer current and classic books for all ages and a fine selection of art supplies. We invite you to visit our store and be a supporter of Main Street, Chatham, New York.

HOLIDAY HOURS (Thanksgiving to Christmas)

Monday-Thursday 9:30-5

Friday and Saturday 9:30-7

Sunday 11-4

12/24 & 12/31 9:30-2

CLOSED 12/25, 12/26 and 1/1/15

Roger Mason
Paintings of Chatham and Beyond
On exhibit:
Nov 1, 2014 – Jan 12, 2015

Roger Mason<br/><em>Paintings of Chatham and Beyond</em><br/>On exhibit:<br/>Nov 1, 2014 – Jan 12, 2015


A long-time resident of Chatham, Roger Mason has been painting scenes of village life since the 1980s. This show includes paintings from those early years, depicting some store fronts that no longer exist. Other paintings come from more recent travels in Cuba and Argentina.

Many thanks to the musicians – Kenny Kosek, Richie Hallenbeck, Lamont Depew and Roger Mason – who played at the reception on November 7th!

Our WAMC Book Picks

Our WAMC Book Picks

November 18th WAMC Book Picks

Dianne Ortmann recommends:

The Secret Place by Tana French
Some Luck by Jane Smiley
Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
Blue Horses by Mary Oliver
The Mitten String by Jennifer Rosner
Organic: Farmers and Chefs of the Hudson Valley by Francesco Mastalia (photography), et al



Carlo DeVito
Inventing Scrooge
Sunday, December 7, 2-4 pm

Carlo DeVito<br/><em>Inventing Scrooge</em><br/>Sunday, December 7, 2-4 pm

Carlo DeVito reads from Inventing Scrooge: The Incredible True Story Behind Charles Dickens’ Legendary ‘A Christmas Carol’ which uncovers the real-life inspirations from Charles Dickens’ own world that led to the fascinating creation of his most beloved tale.

Co-owner of the Hudson-Chatham Winery in Ghent with his wife, Dominique, Carlo DeVito writes and edits the blog East Coast Wineries, which reviews wines from Maine to Virginia and grew out of his book on the same subject.

A conversation with Thomas Chulak from the bookstore and Q & A will follow a brief reading. Refreshments will be served. Free.



Conrad Vispo
The Nature of the Place
Thursday, December 11, 5-7 pm

Conrad Vispo<br/><em>The Nature of the Place</em><br/>Thursday, December 11, 5-7 pm

Conrad Vispo, an ecologist and educator at the Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program, will read from his new book, The Nature of the Place: A History of Living with the Land in Columbia County, NY, published by Adonis Press. The Farmscape Ecology Program is a small research and outreach initiative dedicated to helping people explore the ecological, agricultural, and cultural landscape of Columbia County.

“The book calls on us to ponder the interactions between the human and the natural world and the enormous, not always obvious consequences of decisions we make about how we occupy the land.” — Peter R. Paden, Executive Director, Columbia Land Conservancy

A conversation with Thomas Chulak from the bookstore and Q&A follows a brief reading from the book. Refreshments will be served. Free.