Welcome to the Chatham Bookstore

The Chatham Bookstore

Welcome to the Chatham Bookstore

Community Through Books

Tucked under an orange awning in the heart of Chatham’s Main Street, the Chatham Bookstore is celebrating over 40 years in the Hudson Valley building community through books.

Offering current and classic books for readers of all ages as well as a diverse selection of art supplies, the Chatham Bookstore is open seven days a week for browsing and special orders.

A long-time independent bookstore: visit us on Main Street and on facebook

HOURS – Monday-Thursday & Saturday 9:30-5
Friday 9:30-7; Sunday  12-3


Emily McCully
Dreaming in Code: Ada Byron Lovelace, Computer Pioneer
Saturday, March 16, 5-7 pm

Please join us for a conversation with author/illustrator Emily Arnold McCully and Thomas Chulak from the bookstore about McCully’s newest book to be published on March 12th.

Dreaming in Code details the life of Ada Lovelace, the daughter of Lord Byron, who became the world’s first computer programmer. Award-winning author McCully opens the window on a peculiar and singular intellect, shaped — and hampered — by history, social norms, and family dysfunction. The result is a portrait that is at once remarkable and fascinating, tragic and triumphant.

Patty Crane
Something Flown
Saturday, March 30, 5-7 pm

We celebrate Patty Crane’s new poetry collection, Something Flown – winner of the Concrete Wolf Poetry Chapbook Award.

Following a brief reading, Crane will have a conversation about her work with Thomas Chulak from the bookstore, followed by a Q&A. Refreshments will be served. Free.

Patty Crane’s poems have appeared widely, including in Bellevue Literary Review, The Massachusetts Review and West Branch. Her translations of Swedish poet and Nobel laureate Tomas Tranströmer appeared in Blackbird, PEN Poetry Series, and New York Times Magazine, among others, and are collected in her bi-lingual volume, Bright Scythe (Sarabande Books, 2015).




Gail Blass Wolczanski
The Village of Chatham: A Photographic History
Saturday, March 23, 5 pm

Gail Blass Wolczanski discusses her new book, The Village of Chatham: A Photographic History with Thomas Chulak from the bookstore.
To honor Chatham’s Sesquicentennial (150th Anniversary), Wolczanski designed the 85-page book of photographs to be used as a guide to tour the village. Proceeds from the sale of the book fund the Blinn-Pulver Farmhouse Project of the Chatham Village Historic Society.
The discussion will be followed by a Q&A and a chance to share your own stories of Chatham’s history. All welcome!

April 27, 7-9 pm
“in other words”

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Our 8th annual celebration of poetry from around the world:

share a poem, or listen to poems in many languages
– you are welcome to join the circle!

refreshments – free – for more information, call 518.392.3005

Nonfiction Book Group

The Chatham Bookstore hosts a nonfiction book group focusing on current affairs, history and biography. It meets at the store on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 pm and is open to new members.

In March, they will be reading Hello World: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms by Hannah Fry. The choice for April is The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman.

For more information, contact Bill O’Neill at 518-794-6118 or email Bill.