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.

SUMMER HOURS: Monday-Thursday  9:30-5
Friday & Saturday 9:30-7   Sunday  12-3

Jerry Freedner
The Farmer’s Art
August 5-September 6
Reception with the photographer:
Friday, August 26, 5-7 pm


Jerry Freedner studied photography at the New School in New York City in the 1960s and later with Lisette Model. He is on the faculty of the Art School of Columbia County.

This exhibit celebrates “the farmer – as much the artist as the sculptor, the plow as the chisel and the earth as the stone.”

Through the sale of his photographs and books, Freedner helps support the Columbia Land Conservancy, Agricultural Stewardship Association, and Scenic Hudson. The Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation recently awarded him a grant to continue his work on behalf of land conservation in the Hudson Valley. Twenty percent of the proceeds from the exhibit at the Chatham Bookstore will go to support the Columbia Land Conservancy.


Nonfiction Book Group

The Chatham Bookstore hosts a nonfiction book group focusing on current affairs, history and biography. The regular meeting time is under discussion, but they meet once a month at 7 pm at the store, and they are looking for new members.

At the next meeting they will discuss Who Owns the Future? by Jaron Lanier (Simon & Schuster 2014).

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



Vernon Benjamin
The History of the Hudson River Valley: From the Civil War to Modern Times
Thursday, August 25, 5-7 pm

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Vernon Benjamin reads from and discusses his book to be published August 23rd, The History of the Hudson River Valley: From the Civil War to Modern Times. This is the second volume in Benjamin’s history of the Hudson Valley, following The History of the Hudson River Valley: From Wilderness to the Civil War (2014).

Please note the Thursday evening date. A conversation with Thomas Chulak from the bookstore and Q & A will follow a brief reading. Refreshments will be served. Free.

Our WAMC Book Picks

Dianne Ortmann’s and Carrie Knudsen’s Book Picks

July 2016

HHhH, Laurent Binet (Macmillan)
Underground Airlines, Ben Winters (Hachette)
All Things Cease to Appear, Elizabeth Brundage (Random House)
Before the Fall, Noah Hawley (Hachette)
Diane Arbus: Portrait of a Photographer, Arthur Lubow (Harper Collins)
and a picture book for children –
Lion Lessons, Jon Agee (Penguin)