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 


Mary Anne Davis
Women and Power:
a series of symbolic bottles, 2002-2018
February 23-April 6, 2018
Opening reception: February 23, 5-7 pm

In a show entitled “Women and Power,” ceramic artist Mary Anne Davis displays her work inspired by the manifesto of the same name by Mary Beard.

The Women and Power series was sparked by a sense of enthusiasm for a group of women Davis represented in decorated porcelain. Each of the women articulated in these whimsical representations held a certain kind of power. Many were trailblazers, such as Katherine Graham, Brooke Astor, and Dorothy Draper. They were originally exhibited as a group at the Smithsonian Craft show in Washington DC in 2002-03 and at the Mark MacDonald Gallery in Hudson in 2005.
In an artist’s statement, Davis notes that “this newly reinvigorated women’s movement has elicited their return to public life…. To continue to build the recognition of female influence in the realms of fashion, design, politics, literature, philosophy, and power,” she has added several new pieces to the collection.

Meet the artist on Friday, February 23rd, 5-7 pm. The show runs until April 6th.


Allison Guertin Marchese
Hudson Valley Curiosities
Saturday, February 24, 2018, 5 pm

POSTPONED due to illness!

We regret that Allison will not be able to visit with us Saturday night, as she’s feeling under the weather.

In her newest book, Hudson Valley Curiosities, Marchese continues uncovering some of the unusual history that defines Columbia County.
Her earlier book, Hidden History of Columbia County, is also available.

Nonfiction Book Group

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

The March read is To Save Everything, Click Here by Evgeny Morozov. From the publisher (Hachette): The temptation of the digital age is to fix everything—from crime to corruption to pollution to obesity—by digitally quantifying, tracking, or gamifying behavior. But when we change the motivations for our moral, ethical, and civic behavior we may also change the very nature of that behavior. Technology, Evgeny Morozov proposes, can be a force for improvement—but only if we keep solutionism in check and learn to appreciate the imperfections of liberal democracy. Some of those imperfections are not accidental but by design.

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



Our WAMC Book Picks

Sheri Bauer-Mayorga’s and Thomas Chulak’s Book Picks

December 12, 2017

Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich
Great Jazz & Pop Vocal Albums by Will Friedwald
Muddy by Michael Mahin; illus., Evan Turk
Hunter of Stories by Eduardo Galeano
Elmet by Fiona Mozley
It’s All Relative by A.J. Jacobs
American Wolf by Nate Blakeslee