We are an independent community bookshop and arts hub in charming, vibrant downtown Madison, New Jersey! We’re one block from the train station to NYC - only 23 miles outside of the city.

Our spacious and historical shop on Main Street is on the same stretch as the ice cream shop, weekly Farmer’s Market, local coffee shop, history museum, and one of the top 100 jazz clubs in the country. ‘Shop local’ is strong here and we have three universities (Drew, Fairleigh Dickinson, and the College of St. Elizabeth) in town; on Drew’s idyllic campus, “The Forest,” is one of the most rocking regional theaters in the country, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.

Short Stories was Kickstarted by our wonderful community supporters and our devoted book lovers. We are so excited to cherish this creative and literary love in the community. Check out our event page for author events, live music, book clubs, and so much more!


Support your local bookshop and all local businesses on November 26 for Small Business Saturday! Be sure to use the hashtag #SmallBizSat with every post.


Monday: 9am-9pm

Tuesday: 9am-9pm

Wednesday: 9am-9pm

Thursday: 9am-9pm

Friday: 9am-9:30pm

Saturday: 9am-9:30pm

Sunday: 9pm-9pm

** Shop will be closed on Thanksgiving. Have a wonderful holiday!