Events for May 2015

Ongoing through May 19

Art in the Twain and Atrium Galleries – 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.


Saturday, May 2, 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Daylong Celebration – Independent Bookstore Day
400 bookstores nationwide. 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. Opening at 9am with “early bird” coffee & baked goodies by Angie Chandler. We’ll have special author events, signed and collectible IBD merchandise (while it lasts!), face painting, chair massages, all-day poetry open mic, River Valley Reads bake sale, Blind Date with a Book, bargain used book sale, 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 at Noon, 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.


Friday, May 15, 6:00 – 9:00  p.m.
Freethinkers Book Club

Freethinkers from the region plan to discuss Virus of the Mind, by Richard Brodie.


Friday, May 22, 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, May 22 (Fourth Friday Downtown), 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Art Opening Reception – Steve Bickis
Madison Plein Air
Well-known Madison artist, Steve Bickis, presents watercolor works created en plein air in the Madison area.. Exhibit will run through July 21st.


Saturday, May 23, 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.*


Thursday, May 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.


Friday, May 29, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Book Launch Reception and Author Reading & Signing – Jack Ramey
Eavesdropping in Plato’s Café
A resident of Madison, Indiana, Jack Ramey is a poet, performer, and Professor of Writing at Indiana University Southeast. His latest book of poetry, Eavesdropping in Plato’s Café (Springwood Press), is a collection of lyrical, elegiac, and dramatic poems that are at once philosophical and personal, encompassing the broad sweep of history from ancient Greece to post-millennial America. The poems are filtered through an understanding that we as human beings are all temporal creatures striving toward some understanding of why we are here and where we are going. They touch the intellect as well as the heart. Jack Ramey will sign books and give readings throughout the evening.

Saturday, May 30, 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.*




* 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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