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.


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.

Michael Fabricant &
Stephen Brier
Austerity Blues
Saturday, March 25, 5-7 pm

Scholar-activists Fabricant and Brier, both of the CUNY Graduate Center, examine changes in public higher education brought about by austerity measures beginning in the late 1970s and 1980s. They advocate and argue for policies that increase access to quality public higher education for the benefit of citizens and workers in a democratic society.

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

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.

American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham (Random House, 2008) is the choice for April 5th. In May, the book group will discuss The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America Is Tearing Us Apart by Bill Bishop (Houghton Mifflin 2009).

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