Welcome to the Chatham Bookstore

the bookstore storefront on Main Street, Chatham, NY

Welcome to the Chatham Bookstore

Community Through Books

Open again – more beautiful than ever! With sincere thanks to Joe Iuviene and the staff at our building’s own resident Architectural Bureau, Carl Welch & Larry Alvaro of CRW Construction, Scott Dobert of Leggett Electric, and Kevin J. Pratt and the crew of painters from Athens, NY

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.

Holiday Hours

through December 23: Monday-Thursday 9:30-5;
Friday & Saturday 9:30-7; Sunday 11-4

Christmas Eve 9:30-2
CLOSED Christmas Day & December 26
New Year’s Eve 9:30-2
CLOSED New Year’s Day

Deadline for submission: January 5, 2017
January 16-March 31, 2017

We at the Bookstore invite the Chatham community – all ages welcome – to submit photographs sharing their own experiences of race.

This project is inspired by a series of books of photographs of African-American life published by Giles and the newly opened Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture, “Double Exposure.” Please refer to these collections of photographs as guides for what we are looking for, drawn from your own life experience. The books can be seen at the Chatham Library, and are for sale at the Bookstore. We aim to create an exhibit covering similar topics including personal views of history, family, childhood, occupations, and portraits of people and daily life. Photographs have always afforded us a look at life through the eyes of the person making the picture as well as a look at the subject of the image. It is this personal view we expect will make this exhibit special.

The reception will be on Martin Luther King Day, January 16, and the show will run through Black History Month, February, and through the month of March.
It is our hope that the activity of creating 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.

Submit up to three images, any size but no larger than 11”x14”, color or bl/wh.
While the space at the bookstore is limited, we commit to including at least one of everyone’s entries, if not on the wall then in a scrapbook for all to enjoy. Mattes and frames are optional.  If anyone is in need of help selecting, printing, or explaining the significance of their offerings, the three curators of the exhibit, Wesley Brown, Karen Halverson, and Wendy Noyes, are available between now and the date for submission to help. Please contact us through the Bookstore by phone, email, or in person. Questions? Just ask.

Find the form to submit your photographs here: Photography Invitational Submission Form

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



11 o’clock
How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Judy Staber and Thomas Chulak read aloud for children and families


5 o’clock                
Tree of Treasures: A Life in Ornaments
Bonnie Mackay

Bonnie Mackay, who has created Christmas ornaments for Bloomingdale’s and the Museum of Modern Art, will show and tell about some of the many ornaments she has collected over the years. Her book features photographs by her husband Bob Eisenhardt, a documentary film editor and member of FilmColumbia’s advisory board.

You can listen to Bonnie’s interview on NPR and submit the story of your special ornament here!

A conversation with Thomas Chulak from the bookstore and Q&A follows. Please join us! Free. Refreshments will be served.

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.

The book choice for January, 2017 is The Witches: Suspicion, Betrayal, and Hysteria in 1692 Salem by Stacy Schiff (Hachette, 2015).

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