Boswell's Books

A Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, institution since 1991. We are committed to providing our community with and up-to-date and frequently refreshed selection of the best new and used books we can find! We also stock a fun selection of puzzles, children's games, and art supplies like pens, pencils, and leather journals. And don’t forget to stop by and say hello to Boswell, our lovable bookstore cat.

About Us
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Great Books!

We have a rich selection of new books, informed by NEIBA selections, recent award-winners, the New York Times book review and bestseller list, and our staff's reading interests. We also have a diverse collection of used and vintage books, all updated regularly. We carry a large selection of children's picture books, chapter books, and YA... children's classics and vintage children's too! Our nonfiction collection contains small and university presses, as well as more popular history, science, memoir, biography, nature, field guides, cookbooks, and more.

Vintage Books

We carry all kinds of vintage books, many from the 20th century, but also from the 19th century and earlier, as we find them. We like to stock classics with decorative Victorian gilded cloth covers, and leather-bound volumes and sets when we can. We also delight in early to mid-20th century technical books (science, health, engineering), vintage architectural volumes, midcentury cookbooks, and vintage travel. Old children's books are also so much fun. Come see what we have today!

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The Book that Inspired the Oscar-Winning Short Film

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse was the inspiration for the winner of this year's Academy Award for Short Film - Animated. The film, co-directed by Peter Baynton and Charlie Mackesy, was based on this beloved book from 2019, originally written and illustrated by Mackesy. If you haven't read it, we have copies available in store!

Find it Here!

Why Visit Boswell's Books?

We're a friendly, welcoming shop just steps away from the Bridge of Flowers in downtown Shelburne Falls. We encourage you to make a day of your visit, see the Potholes and the flowers, and visit all the other great shops and eateries around us. We carry thousands of great used books at fantastic prices, and we also have a full selection of new fiction and nonfiction. We are refreshing and adding to our collection every day, so you're bound to see something new whenever you come in. Our staff all love books, and we also love helping you find what you're looking for. And of course, Boswell the cat would also like to help you find your book!

We value the diversity of interests represented in Western Mass, and we stock books that we think will interest all our customers, from New York Times bestsellers, to academic and university presses, paperback mystery, science fiction, and fantasy, and brand new poetry. Emily Dickinson to Archer Mayor; Martín Espada to W. E. B. DuBois. We carry new and used field guides, history, biography, science and math, YA, graphic novels, and of course, plenty of great children's picture and chapter books.