For over twenty years, Black Swan has promoted the talents of local Kentucky authors, as well as hosting nationally recognized authors, both established and upcoming.
Just as we sell through the Internet, we also offer special ordering services to our customers to provide a wider base of out-of-print and specialized titles, bindings, and publishers.
The International Book Project promotes literacy and educational opportunities by providing more than 200,000 books to schools, libraries, churches, and Peace Corps Volunteers throughout the developing world.
The International Book Project also runs a used bookstore at our warehouse on 1440 Delaware Avenue where we sell the books that we cannot send overseas for various reasons. The proceeds support our book-sending mission.
Most books are under $3 - it's the cheapest bookstore in town!
Since 1972, your best alternative for the important, interesting, and hard-to-find books. In addition to books, we carry bajas, boxes, bumper stickers, calendars, candles, cards, coloring books, crystals, essential oils, flasks, gift wrap, hookahs, incense, jewelry, journals, lanterns, magazines, magnets, malas, masks, mugs, origami paper, pendulums, pillows, puzzles, runes, sage, salt and pepper shakers, sarongs, scarves, singing bowls, soap, shampoo, socks, statues, stuffed animals, tapestries, T-shirts, tarot cards, tea towels, tobacco accessories, toys, windchimes, Zippos, and much more!
We have a small parking lot directly behind our store (off of Jersey St.) for building customers only, and paid parking is available along the street.
Wild Fig Books and Coffee was founded by Kentucky writer Crystal Wilkinson and her partner Ronald Davis in the Meadowthorpe area of Lexington before closing there in 2015. They reopened later that year in a renovated turn-of-the-century house on North Limestone. It was and remains the only black-owned bookstore in Kentucky.
In 2018, Crystal and Ron announced that they would be closing the store due to financial difficulties. However, the community so had come to love the space stepped up to save it. The bookstore was sold to a quickly formed “Wild Fig Cooperative” in 2018 and is a safe, sacred space within the walls of the bookstore that carries a legacy of an inclusive, grounding space where community members find their voice and collective vision. We have a variety of offerings, from co-working space to food specials, open mic nights, poetry readings, Drag Queen Storytimes, small concerts, and, of course, books!