What is a Book Village?
The idea of a Book Village was born in 1961 in rural Wales in a small, nearly forgotten town called Hay-on-Wye. Richard Booth, an entrepreneur, bought several town buildings and turned them into bookstores. Today, nearly 25 independent booksellers sell second-hand and antiquarian books, prints, and other works on paper to thousands of readers and collectors who, via ferry, flood into this small town.
In 2005, Don Dales, Hobart's own local entrepreneur, established the only book village east of the Mississippi in historic Hobart, New York. There are five independent bookshops as well as an Art Gallery, Home Embellishment store and an Antique shop in the village. There are also other established booksellers within a 50 mile radius, making the Hobart Book Village a not-to-be missed terminus for book lovers everywhere.
Set in the Northern Catskills, Hobart continues to be an agricultural community. It is also becoming known as a center for arts and literary culture. The Book Village hosts the annual Festival of Women Writers, several art shows, author readings and signings, as well as the very popular Winter Respite Lecture Series, all of which makes the village a year-round destination.
The Book Village holds two big semi-annual sales on the weekends of Memorial Day and Thanksgiving. These sales draw hundreds of collectors, book lovers, vacationers, and local residents every year. It is a great way to stock personal libraries or to kickstart holiday shopping.