Welcome to Village Lights Bookstore!

Welcome to Village Lights Bookstore

Shop with us online or, better yet, visit us in person. We are historic Madison, Indiana’s full-service independent bookstore. A locally-owned welcoming establishment, we offer a carefully curated selection of quality new and used books, rare and collectable books, letterpress books from Larkspur Press, special orders, gift cards, comfy chairs, wi-fi, bookbinding and restoration, author events, poetry readings, live music performances, a Steinway grand piano, and... Grrrrtrude Stein & Oliver O. Twist, the bookstore cats.

Covid Protocols for In-Store Shopping

  • Face masks are optional, but greatly appreciated. It is difficult to maintain social distance while browsing in the confined spaces of a small bookstore.
  • Bookstore staff are fully vaccinated, wear masks, and practice social distancing at all times.
  • Hand sanitizer is provided at the sales counter.
  • The restroom is closed until further notice.


Taking a long winter's break!

It was a very busy holiday season, and we really, really, need a break. To that end, the Village Lights storefront will be closed through Monday, January 30th. During this time, we aren’t accepting orders by phone or email. However, we invite you to submit your book orders through this website for prompt direct-to-home delivery or for in-store pickup after our return. We’ll resume normal hours on Tuesday, January 31st. Thank you for your understanding and support!



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Village Lights Recommends

What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism By Dan Rather, Elliot Kirschner Cover Image

Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism By Anne Applebaum Cover Image

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism By Dr. Robin DiAngelo, Michael Eric Dyson (Foreword by) Cover Image

So You Want to Talk About Race By Ijeoma Oluo Cover Image

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Fifteen Dogs By André Alexis Cover Image

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The Book of Delights: Essays By Ross Gay Cover Image

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Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End By Atul Gawande Cover Image

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The Man Who Planted Trees By Jean Giono, Michael McCurdy (Illustrator), Wangari Maathai (Foreword by) Cover Image

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Fox 8: A Story By George Saunders, Chelsea Cardinal (Illustrator) Cover Image

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Look Hamlet By Barbro Lindgren, Anna Höglund (Illustrator), Rachel Willson-Broyles (Translated by) Cover Image

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The Year of Magical Thinking (Vintage International) By Joan Didion Cover Image

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Vesper Flights By Helen MacDonald Cover Image

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The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love By Kristin Kimball Cover Image

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Good Husbandry: A Memoir By Kristin Kimball Cover Image

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Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm's Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land By Leah Penniman, Karen Washington (Foreword by) Cover Image

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Farming: A Hand Book By Wendell Berry Cover Image