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.

Many wonderful books 50% off through March 5th!


January 14- March 31, 2017
Community Photography Exhibit


In honor of Martin Luther King Day on Monday, January 16, the Chatham Bookstore hosted an opening for its photography exhibit, “Reflecting on Race.” Photos have been submitted from the local community and reflect people’s personal experiences with African American history and race. Curators are Wesley Brown, local writer/educator, and photographers Karen Halverson and Wendy Noyes. The show runs through February, Black History Month, to March 31.

The bookstore invited the Chatham area community to submit photographs of their own contemporary experiences of race. Some historic images are included in the exhibit. Wendy Noyes, curator for the Chatham Bookstore, notes, “It is our hope that the activity of creating and sharing this exhibit will encourage conversations about our own experiences around race that will serve to expand our understanding of who we are, and how we live in community.”

The idea for the exhibit was inspired by a set of books entitled “Double Exposure,” recently published by D. Giles Limited and the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. The four small books include photographs of family, childhood, occupations, and portraits of people and daily life.

In association with this project, the Chatham Film Club presented a free community screening of “Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People,” at the Crandell Theatre on Saturday, January 14. A panel discussion with curators Wesley Brown and Karen Halverson, moderated by Thomas Chulak of the Chatham Bookstore followed the 90-minute film.

Nonfiction Book Group

The Chatham Bookstore hosts a nonfiction book group focusing on current affairs, history and biography. They meet on the first Wednesday of the month at 7 pm at the store. They are open to new members.

For the March 1st meeting, they are reading Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks. Random House (Revised, Expanded, 2008).

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



Susan Stessin-Cohn & Ashley Hurlburt-Biagini
In Defiance: Runaways from Slavery in New York’s Hudson River Valley
Sunday, March 5, 2-4 pm

What is the history of slavery in our region?
Based on exhaustive research in dozens of newspapers from across the Hudson Valley, Ashley Hurlburt-Biagini and Susan Stessin-Cohn have compiled hundreds of runaway advertisements from the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Through individual transcriptions of each reprinted original image, readers get to know runaways as real people whose courage, ingenuity, and resourcefulness hastened the demise of slavery in New York. An extraordinary achievement.  – Michael E. Groth, Ph.D., Professor of History, Wells College

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

Our WAMC Book Picks

Dianne Ortmann’s and Carrie Knudsen’s Book Picks

November 2016

Art of Movement by Ken Browar and Deborah Ory, Hachette
Being a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz, Scribner/Simon & Schuster
Gamechangers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History by Molly Schiot, Simon & Schuster
The Guiniveres by Sarah Domet, Flatiron Bks/Macmillan
Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas by Rebecca Solnit & Joshua Jelly-Schapiro, U of Cal Press
Steve McCurry: On Reading by Steve McCurry, Phaidon/Hachette
The Trespasser by Tana French, Viking/Penguin
Real Cowboys by Kate Hoefler & Jonathan Bean (illus), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Some Writer: The Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt