our story


watchung booksellers

Where authors meet their public,

Friends meet each other,

And all find good books.


watchung booksellers is a vibrant, independent community bookstore located in the heart of Montclair NJ. We are a general bookstore, with a fine collection of literary fiction, biography/memoir and history, with strong sections of travel, education, poetry, and the arts. Our children’s room is a a picture book space for all ages – from the smallest reader sitting on a parent’s lap to the happenin’ Teen Corner.

We feel very strongly that our bookstore reflects our unique community. The books on our shelves have been carefully chosen by the staff and with valuable input from our readers. We hope the selection challenges, nurtures and inspires you.

watchung booksellers is proud to be the home-base bookstore for a thriving literary community, including over 60 published local authors, and uncountable publishing and media professionals, all contributing to the ever-entertaining and inspiring atmosphere. We are fierce supporters of the community, contributing to and working with the public and private schools serving our children, the Montclair Public Library, Montclair Fund for Eductional Excellence, the Adult School of Montclair, and civic, political and religious institutions.

We offer a full schedule of author events, poetry readings, storytime for toddlers, inhouse book groups and special programs for writers and readers of all ages. Even with the buzz of exciting events, our favorite time is to meet with our readers and introduce them to new books. We thrive on the challenge of helping a reluctant reader, enjoy the thrill of suggesting a new discovery to a voracious reader, and look forward to helping you find the perfect book as a gift. We also offer our expertise to schools -- book fairs, author visits, enhancing and supporting curriculum.

Watchung Booksellers is proud to work with and help support our community partners, Succeed2Gether's Montclair LIterary Festival, Montclair Public Library's Open Book/Open Mind Conversation Series, and programming with Montclair Film and the Montclair Art Museum.

watchung booksellers was founded in 1991 by Kathy Linsk at 33 Watchung Plaza, on the second floor above the old Bradner’s Pharmacy.  In 1992, Margot Sage-EL created a mail-order catalog, Great Owl Books: Celebrating Our Many Voices, promoting multi-cultural children's book.  The philosphy of inclusion and celebration of our many voices is inherent in watchung booksellers,  In 1996, Margot Sage-EL and Trina Rogers became new owners and started to rebuild and reach out to the community. Great Owl Books was incorporated into the bookstore and continued for several years.  Margot became sole owner in 2000. watchung booksellers moved into our current, beautiful home on Fairfield Street in August 2001.

Our amazing staff has over 70 combined years of bookselling experience, and offers you the best possible customer service. While we, of course, try to read every book in the store (!?), we do each have our favorite genres. We also use our individual talents to make up the collective success of the store.