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Boswell’s Books (Shelburne Falls, MA)

Date Visited: September 6, 2016

Location: 10 Bridge St, Shelburne Falls, MA


Mon – Wed: 11:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.

Thu & Fri : 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Sat: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Sun:   10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

(hours may vary depending on the time of the year)

Parking:  There is unmetered  off street parking available (2 hour limit) and a free parking area off Baker Ave with about 30 -40 free spots (take care not to park in the spots reserved for businesses and other tenants in the area) and additional off street parking.  Parking is difficult during peak times

Dog Friendly: Probably Not

Web Site: Boswell’s Books



Few things go better than cats and books.  And Boswell’s Books is proof of this.

Formerly named the Bridge Street Bookshop until 1991, Boswell’s Books was originally named after one of the previous owners’ cats, Boswell.  Since then, the book store has gone through some changes, including changes in location and changes in ownership.  But, the one mainstay has been Boswell.

The current feline resident of the bookstore, a 7 year old female tuxedo cat, is the fifth Boswell.

We found her resting in the front window taking a much deserved cat nap.


Boswell’s books has cute decor and, even though they may not be as big as some of the other bookstores, they make good use of the space they do have.

They even have acommodations for everyone, people and felines.


Boswell’s also holds special events such as book signings and book readings.  It’s a must-see if you’re in the Shelburne Falls area!

There are so many fun places to visit in Shelburne Falls.  In fact, one need only to walk along Bridge Street to find some wonderful places to shop.  I have always found these smaller, independtly owned businesses to have  such friendly and great service. Plus, it’s always good to support locally owned businesses.

Mocha Maya’s Coffee House (47 Bridge St) is a cozy little coffee shop where you can bring your recently purchased book to read and have a coffee, sandwich or blended drink.  They also host musical events.

Unfortunately, the Trolley Stop Antiques and Collectibles shop was not open during our visit.  As you can see, the shop has some very unusual products.

Even if you don’t want to stop in at any of the shops or diners, Shelburne Falls is a great place to walk around and appreciate the views and the atmosphere.

Boswell wasn’t the only pet I saw at Shelburne Falls.  Catfish (named after legendary New York Yankee pitcher Catfish Hunter) is a 4 year old (he will be turning 5 in November) Leonberger.  Leonberger’s are a large breed dog that were popular in Germany.  They were originally bred to be a symbolic dog that would mimic the lion in the town crest of Leonberg in Baden-Wurttemberg in Germany.  He’s truly a gentle giant.