Events for October 2014

Ongoing through December 31

Art in the Twain and Atrium Galleries – Bob Saueressig and Tanya Saueressig Nevin

Bob & Tanya: A Father and Daughter Collaboration
Bob Saueressig and Tanya Saueressig Nevin present this father/daughter joint exhibit, offering representations and interpretations of environments that their family has shared over the decades.


Saturday, October 11, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Meet the Authors, Reading and Book Signing – Joyce Brinkman & Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda

Seasons of Sharing: A Kansen Renku Collaboration

Former Indiana Poet Laureate, Joyce Brinkman, and former Virginia Poet Laureate, Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, joined with four international partners (Catherine Aubelle, Flor Aguilera García, Gabriele Glang, and Kae Morii) to create intimate poetry in an ancient Japanese form, connecting nature and modern social issues of global scope. Seasons of Sharing offers poetry born of collaboration, poetry that reaches the universal from distant points of planet earth. While exploring the richness of seasons, the book metaphorically visits incidents on the world stage such as climate change, the Arab Spring, and urban violence.


Friday, October 17, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Freethinkers Book Club

Freethinkers from the area will discuss Confession of a Buddhist Atheist, by Stephen Batchelor.


Saturday, October 18, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Live Music in the Twain Room – Tom Schneider
Cincinnati’s Tom Schneider serves up his mesmerizing mélange of American Songbook standards, Broadway show tunes, bossa-nova/Latin, blues, and jazz on our Steinway grand.*


Saturday, October 18, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Live Music in the Twain Room – Jimmy Storms

90-year-oldJimmy Storms, former member of the Red Skelton Orchestra and backup pianist for Pat Boone, Connie Francis, and Fred Astaire, plays a wide selection of old standards on the Steinway grand.*


Friday, October 24 (Fourth Friday Downtown), 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Village Lights Poetry Nights (with Special Guests)
Open sign-up; open mic. Everyone is invited to participate. Read your own work or that of a favorite poet. Readers are welcome to draw from our shelves. MC for Village Lights Poetry Nights is well-known Madison poet, Jill Kelly Koren. We are pleased to welcome two special guest poets. Nancy Chen Long volunteers with the Writers Guild at Bloomington, hosting a reading series and offering poetry workshops in collaboration with the public library. Her chapbook Clouds as Inkblots for the War Pronewas published in 2013 by Red Bird Chapbooks. Debra Kang Dean is the author of two full-length collections of poetry from BOA Editions, a chapbook of collaborative poetry, and two prize-winning chapbooks, the most recent of which is Fugitive Blues. She teaches in the brief-residency MFA in Writing Program at Spalding University and lives in Bloomington, Indiana.


Saturday, October 25, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Live Music – John Sheckler

“Not your granny’s dulcimer.” Local folk musician John Sheckler plays original and traditional songs on a mountain lap dulcimer crafted with his own hands. Sing-alongs for the kids.*


Saturday, October 25, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Special Event – Indiana Poet Laureate and Friends

Five Corners Poetry Readings: A Poetry Exchange

Indiana Poet Laureate, George Kalamaras, presents the second of his “Five Corners Poetry Readings,” a series of “exchange” readings being held around the state in order to promote connection and fellowship among Indiana poets. This particular exchange will feature five poets from Lake County, Indiana, along with Madison poet, Jack Ramey. Also participating will be George Kalamaras and Warsaw, Indiana, folk musician, Megan King.


Tuesday, October 28, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Kids’ Storytime

Kriss Luckett Ziesemer will read to your young bibliophiles. Selections tailored to the ages of the audience. Requests taken! Coffee and tea available for grown-ups.     


* All music routinely performed at Village Lights Bookstore is original, in the public domain, or licensed through the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Yvonne Davis appears during the Madison Main Street Program Fourth Friday Art Jams under licenses held by the City of Madison with ASCAP, BMI, and SEASAC.


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