Events for April 2015

Ongoing through May 19

Art Opening Reception – John Huntoon
Hoosier photographic artist, John Huntoon, presents nature-oriented works in color and B&W, produced using a digital SLR in moments of “complete pause” in the out-of-doors. Exhibit will run through May 19th.


Friday, April 3 – Saturday, April 4
POETPALOOZA 2015: A Tri-State Poetry Summit

Village Lights will host POETPALOOZA 2015: A Tri-State Poetry Summit, Friday evening, April 3rd, through Saturday, April 4th, with hourly readings and signings by acclaimed poets from Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio, including published poets from Madison and Poets Laureate of Kentucky and Indiana. All are invited to participate in Friday’s 5pm Open Mic Kick-Off. A special feature of this year’s event will be two 9pm screenings of the award-winning independent film, Proud Citizen, sponsored by the Community Foundation of Madison and Jefferson County. The screenings are free and open to the public.


Friday, April 3

5:00p         Open Mic Kick-Off

6:00p         Tom C. Hunley (KY)

6:30p         Barbara Sabol (OH)

7:00p         Biana Bargo (KY)

8:00p         Book Launch, Curtis Crisler (IN)

8:30p         Katerina Stoykova-Klemer (KY)

9:00p         Film Screening, “Proud Citizen”


Saturday, April 4

10:00a       Book Launch, Jill Kelly Koren (IN)

11:00a       Maureen Morehead, Kentucky Poet Laureate, 2011-2012

12:00p       Norbert Krapf, Indiana Poet Laureate, 2008-2010

1:00p         Tom C. Hunley (KY)

1:30p         Barbara Sabol (OH)

2:00p         Gerry Grubbs (OH)

3:00p         Nettie Farris (IN)

4:00p         Richard Taylor, Kentucky Poet Laureate, 1999-2001

5:00p         Frederick Smock (KY)

6:00p         Curtis Crisler (IN)

6:30p         Katerina Stoykova-Klemer (KY)

7:00p         Book Launch, Jack Ramey (IN)

8:00p         The Reservoir Dogwoods (IN)

                     (Jason Ammerman, Tony Brewer, Matthew D. Jackson, Joseph Kerschbaum)

9:00p         Film Screening, “Proud Citizen”

Saturday, April 11, 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

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


Friday, April 17, 6:00 – 9:00  p.m.
Freethinkers Book Club
Freethinkers from the region plan to discuss Every Day Is an Atheist Holiday!, by Penn Jillette.


Saturday, April 18, 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. Special sing-alongs for the kids.*


Friday, April 24, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. (Fourth Friday Downtown)
Live Music – Yvonne Davis

Join us for some hot and lively jazz with Madison’s own Yvonne Davis on our Steinway grand. Requests encouraged! Yvonne appears as part of the Fourth Friday Downtown line-up of musicians.*


Friday, April 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 special guest poets from Spalding University’s MFA Program. The Brewhaus Poets are agroup of friends, kindred souls, who enjoy brewed beverages of all kinds. Hailing from Bloomington, Louisville, New Albany, and Madison, they are: Nancy Long, Michael Jackman, Joel Nelson, Drew Pomeroy, Chris Blair, and Angela Elles.


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

Kids’ Storytime

Kriss Luckett Ziesemerwill read to young book lovers. Selections will be tailored to the ages of the audience. Coffee and tea available for grown-ups.


Saturday, May 2, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Daylong Celebration – Independent Bookstore Day
400 bookstores. 16 exclusive books and art pieces. One day only. Join the party! As members of the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association, Village Lights is joining independent bookstores all over the country in celebrating Independent Bookstore Day. We will have special author events, signed and collectible IBD merchandise (while it lasts!), refreshments, and giveaways. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate our nation’s independent bookstores. One day only. Join the party!


Saturday, May 2, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Special Author Event (and Taekwondo Demonstration) – Mike Mullin
The Ashfall Trilogy

We welcome Mike Mullin, author of the hugely popular, young adult, post-apocalyptic Ashfall trilogy. Taylor’s Taekwondo Academy will present a series of demos, after which Mike will perform a part of Ashfall and finish up by attempting to smash a brick with his bare hand! He will then attempt to sign books. All of this outside in front of our store, weather permitting.


Saturday, May 2, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Meet the Author – Tricia Fields, Mystery Writer
The Josie Gray Mysteries
Celebrated mystery writer Tricia Fields, winner of the Tony Hillerman Prize, will be with us to read, talk about her writing, and sign books. Firebreak, the fourth book in the Josie Gray Mystery series, has just been released. Tricia Fields was born in Hawaii but has spent most of her life in small-town Indiana, where her husband is a state trooper.




* 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 events under licenses held by the City of Madison with ASCAP, BMI, and SEASAC.


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