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.

CLOSED Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day

Off the Wall:
The Pleasures of Collecting Art
Exhibit: April 13-May 31

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In a departure from our usual art shows, this exhibit is a selection of pieces from the homes of five friends: Wendy and Sandy Noyes, Nicole Furnee, Wendy Conway, and Elaine Khosrova.

We’d like to thank those who brought their own treasured art pieces to the reception on May 13th and shared stories of the connections and meaning they hold!

Nonfiction Book Group

The Chatham Bookstore hosts a nonfiction book group focusing on current affairs, history and biography. They meet on the second Thursday of each month at 7 pm at the store, and they are looking for new members!

The June 9th meeting will be the second part of a discussion of Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow  (2011, Farrar Straus Giroux).

For more information, contact Karen Kaczmar at 518-755-0392 or email .



Our WAMC Book Picks

Dianne Ortmann’s & Carrie Knudsen’s
Book Picks

Bright Scythe: Selected Poems by Tomas Tranströmer, by Patty Crane (Sarabande Books)

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (Random House)

Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume (Houghton Mifflin)

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (Penguin)

Little One by Jo Weaver (Peachtree)

The Race to Save the Lord God Bird, revised ed. by Phillip Hoose (Macmillan)





Annalee Johnson
Lazy Summer Days
Exhibit: June 3-July 31
Friday, June 3, 5-7 pm

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Born in California, Annalee Johnson grew up in Washington, DC, and lived in Oslo, Norway, but has spent her adult life in Newburyport, MA. Her painting has been influenced by the work of Karen Jones and Nella Lush.

She draws on a variety of tools—from hands to palette knife and brush—and materials—from pastels and watercolors to mostly oil, using walnut oil, cold wax, or marble dust to express the beauty of sea, salt marsh, and woodlands across the seasons.

David Black
Fast Shuffle
Saturday, June 4, 5-7 pm

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Award-winning journalist, novelist, screenwriter, and producer, David Black, reads from and discusses Fast Shuffle, just released in paperback.

A satire on the hard-boiled detective story, the author describes it as “…an updated version of Don Quixote. A man, today, thinks he is a 1940s detective, so he sees the mystery in everyone and in everyday life.”

Join us for the reading and a conversation and Q&A led by the the bookstore’s Thomas Chulak.
Free. Refreshments will be served. Call 518-392-3005 for more information.