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Misty Valley Books
Main Street
On The Green
PO Box 700
Chester, Vermont

10 am - 6 pm
10 am -5 pm
11 am - 4 pm


About Us

Lynne and Bill Reed
Lynne and Bill Reed
are the owners of Misty Valley Books. They purchased the Chester landmark from Dwight Currie and Michael Kohlmann in 2001 and continue the store's more than two-decade-long commitment to fine reading, both new and classic.


Lynne and Bill Reed  

Lynne and Bill at Mont St Michel

Longtime Vermonters, the Reeds bring to bookselling a lifelong delight in the written word and an innovative approach. They have made of Misty Valley Books a magnet in southern Vermont for people interested in reading and writers, hosting numerous author events - including the prestigious Vermont Voices series in the fall and nationally-recognized New Voices in January. They continuously stock the store with unusual titles, as well as old favorites, and keep current with the latest books.

, originally from Virginia, holds a graduate degree in Linguistics and was for a long time head of the English language program and marketing director in Europe for the School for International Training/World Learning in Brattleboro, VT.

Lynne and Bill at NEIBA

Lynne and Bill at NEIBA
Lynne with John Grisham

Lynne with John Grisham
Bill was a teacher of French in Vermont schools for nearly 30 years and has taught English-as-a-Second-Language in Africa with the Peace Corps and in France with the Fulbright Program. The Reeds have traveled, lived and worked together in Europe - Bill in China, as well - and bring an international perspective to Misty Valley Books.

Lynne with Abraham Verghese

Lynne with Abraham Verghese,
Cutting for Stone

But their principal interest is in providing the greater Chester area with a source for intellectual, entertaining and practical reading material - the latest fiction and magazines, as well as books on making stone walls, making pies and making sense of the world. They have made of the children's and young adults' section a lively and inviting place.

Lynne and Bill try to read as many of the books they sell as possible and love to talk about what they've read. They are especially delighted to hear from customers about their favorites.


Following the New Voices event in 2002, Vermont Life editor Tom Slayton said in a commentary on Vermont Public Radio: "In opening the New Voices readings, bookstore owner Lynne Reed had declared, 'I see evidence every day that reading is still alive in our area, and as long as we're reading and thinking, we're okay.' She's right, of course. Reading and thinking are two touchstones of a healthy interior life, and the New Voices readings in Chester are certainly evidence that the life of the mind is alive and well in Vermont."

Author Simon Winchester

Author Simon Winchester with
Bill and Lynne


Our friendly staff: l-r Bill, Lynne, Sylvan Amanda, John. Missing from photo: Kim

*Check out the September 2012 issue of Yankee Magazine featuring Misty Valley Books in the "Inn-to-Inn Walking Tour in Vermont"

*Check out the Nov - Dec 2008 issue of Yankee Magazine featuring Chester, Vermont and
Misty Valley Books


Stop by Misty Valley Books and introduce yourself. We are on the Green in Chester,
open 7 days a week.