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


Richard Trachtman
“An Artist’s Travelogue”
September 6-October 25

Richard Trachtman has been sketching, painting, and photographing for most of his life.

“An Artist’s Travelogue” reflects his practice of painting while traveling to other parts of the country and the world.
When traveling, Trachtman carries small trays of watercolor paint and boxes of oil pastels, as well as smaller pads, canvas boards, or poster board that he uses to interpret the unique character of each place he visits.


Alexandra Horowitz
Our Dogs, Ourselves:
The Story of a Singular Bond

Saturday, October 26
5-7 pm

We keep dogs and are kept by them. We love dogs and (we assume) we are loved by them. We buy them sweaters, toys, shoes; we are concerned with their social lives, their food, and their health. The story of humans and dogs is thousands of years old but is far from understood.
Now Alexandra Horowitz explores a number of probing questions regarding the owner/pet relationship as it applies to property rights, reproductive rights, communication, and the definition of “family” when applied to pets, among other issues. Indeed, as Horowitz considers the current culture of dogdom, she reveals the odd, surprising, and contradictory ways we live with dogs.

Join us for an evening with Alexandra Horowitz, author of three previous books, Being a Dog: Following the Dog Into a World of Smell (2016); On Looking (2013); and Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know (2009), a New York Times best-seller. She is Senior Research Fellow and head of the Dog Cognition Lab at Barnard College, Columbia University.

A conversation with Thomas Chulak from the bookstore and Q&A follow a brief reading. We will reserve a seat with the purchase of her book.