Recent Spotty Dog Best-sellers

Historic Hudson by Byrne Fone The Never List by Koethi Zan Unlikely Loves by Jennifer Holland Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris Tenth Of December by George Saunders I Dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp by Richard Hell Collected Stories of Lydia Davis Haunted Catskills by Lisa Lamonica Drinking With Men by Rosie Schaap Unusual Creatures by Michael Hearst American Craft Beer by John Holl Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon Plenty by Ottolenghi Jerusalem by Ottolenghi New York City Of Trees by Benjamin Swett This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz Country Girl by Edna O'Brien


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Monday - Thursday
11 - 8
Friday - Saturday
12 - 6
440 Warren Street Hudson, NY 518 671 6006
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Recent Sad News

A Hudson icon, Skye Morgan Griffon of Avalon, the original Spotty Dog of the eponymous bookstore, has died.  Skye is survived by her beloved owner and friend,  and her faithful dog companion, Gryffon, also of Hudson, and many friends and admirers, both canine and human.  Skye ably and patiently posed for the images that to this day appear not only on the Spotty Dog sign, but also on their website and in their advertisements.  She will be sorely missed, and our hearts go out to Skye’s owner in this difficult time.

Welcome! The Spotty Dog Books & Ale is an independent bookstore and lounge/cafe, where we share our passion for books and writers with our customers in the Hudson Valley, the Catskills, and the Berkshires.

Situated in a beautiful old firehouse, we carry over 10,000 new books in all categories, including a large section of unique books and toys for kids and preteens, an expanded local section, History, Gardening, Food & Wine, G/L/B/T, and sections featuring local writers and interests.Whether you’re looking for a classic or cutting edge, we’re constantly adding new titles, so stop in to see what we have!

(Click on the event title for detailed listings about each event, or visit the Events page to see them all.)

August Events

Aug 9: Nelson Patton + Directors (Amir Ziv & Jordan McLean). 8 p.m. $5.
Aug 15: Silent IsleZaïmph.
8 p.m. $5.
Aug 17: Marian McLaughlin + the Dust Bowl Fairies at 8 p.m. $5.
Aug 21: Captain’s Log + The Buffalo Trio at 8 p.m. $5.
Aug 27: Isa X + Painted Faces + Saviour Self. $5.
Aug 29: Evan Cory Levine + The Old Way at 8 p.m. $5.

September Events

Sept. 7: Reading and book signing with Joseph Luzzi, author of  My Two Italies, at 2 p.m. at Marianne Courville Gallery, 431 Warren St., Hudson. Free.
Sept. 19:
Diane Cluck + Liv Carrow at 8 p.m. $7.
Sept. 27: Driftwood Soldier + Matt Heckler at 8 p.m. $5.

October Events

Oct 1: Reading and signing with Elisabeth Sheffield, author of Helen Keller Really Lived, at 7 p.m. Free.
Oct 4:
Margolis / Walter Wright / Dave Seidel trio at 8 p.m. $7.
Oct 17Jill Burton & Jane Scarpantoni + David Grollman & Ryan Krause duo + Colin Fisher & Mike Gennaro duo at 8 p.m. $7.
Oct 29: Power Animal System. 8 p.m. $5.

November Events

Nov. 29: At 7 p.m., enjoy a reading and book signing with Carlo DeVito, author of Inventing Scrooge.

On the Spotty Blog

image June 10: Many Arms (featuring Colin Fisher) + Century Plants

Formed in 2007, Philadelphia and New York-based Many Arms are a power trio in the truest sense of the term. The band’s music is a loud, aggressive blend of punk and free jazz, tied together with compositions that twist and turn through angular unison melodies and complex rhythmic vamps. …

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Things We Love

image Independent Booksellers

...and independent businesses. Why should you support independents? Because of $100 spent at a local store, $68 stays in your community. Spend the same $100 at a national chain, and your community only sees $43. Also, more of your taxes are reinvested in your community--where they belong! Read more about independent booksellers >

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