Chats with Champions

This popular program brings outstanding members of the literary world, arts, and sciences to Skidompha to present programs that are free and open to the public. While the series’ emphasis is on top-notch authors, programs often appeal to a much wider audience.  

The widely diverse roster of exceptional programs has included bestselling, prize-winning authors, chefs, mystery writers, scientists, wildlife experts, artists, historians, criminologists, musicians and much more!

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Check this page and our calendar for the schedule of presentations and for more information about each speaker. Unless noted otherwise, all programs begin at 10 am.

CHATS CALENDAR OF UPCOMING GUESTS

    • October 10, 2019 (Thursday) – Dr. Judy Stone on Resilience: One Family’s Story of Hope and Triumph over Evil

    Skidompha Library is pleased to welcome Dr. Judy Stone to Chats with Champions on Thursday, October 10 at 10 a.m. Dr. Stone will speak about her book Resilience: One Family’s Story of Hope and Triumph Over Evil in Skidompha’s Porter Meeting Hall. Please allow time for parking and note that seating is first come, first served.

    Dr. Stone, the daughter of Holocaust survivors, will tell the story of her family, from village life in rural Hungary through the Holocaust, and on to their rebuilding their lives and families in the U.S. It is also a personal memoir of her journey to learn and share their stories, many of which were previously hidden from her.

    Resilience calls attention to the parallels between what happened in Europe in the 1930s and the rise in nationalism and anti-Semitism in our country today. Dr. Stone seeks to fulfill the promise she made to her mother to share her family’s experiences and honor their memories.

    Dr. Stone is an infectious diseases physician and is experienced in clinical research. A graduate of Washington University, she completed medical school at the University of Maryland, residency at Rochester General Hospital in New York, and fellowship at West Virginia University. She spent 25 years in solo practice in rural Cumberland, Maryland, and now cares for patients part-time as a substitute (locum tenens) physician. She is a Forbes Pharma and Healthcare contributor, the former Molecules to Medicine columnist for Scientific American, and the author of a nationally recognized textbook, Conducting Clinical Research: A Practical Guide for Physicians, Nurses, Study Coordinators, and Investigators. She especially likes writing about ethical and social justice issues.

    Along with her commitment to physical healing, she has an avid interest in oral history and Holocaust education. Through telling her family’s remarkable story, she hopes to teach tolerance and contribute to making the world a better, more peaceful, and more just place.

    Chats with Champions is a free community offering from your national award-winning Skidompha Library, located at 184 Main Street, Damariscotta, Maine. This program is generously sponsored by Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shop. For more information, please call the library at 207-563-5513.

    • October 17, 2019 (Thursday at 7 p.m.) – Kristen Britain: The Green Rider Series

    Kristen Britain, Photo copyright Diana Whiting

    Skidompha Library is thrilled to welcome New York Times Best-Selling Author Kristen Britain to the Chats with Champions stage. Kristen will read and sign books from the Green Rider fantasy series on Thursday, October 17, at 7 p.m. in Skidompha’s Porter Meeting Hall. Please allow time for parking and note that seating is first come, first served.

    Britain has written six books in the Green Rider series since 1998. The books focus on Karigan G’ladheon and are “the story of a runaway school girl who finds herself in deep peril when she agrees to bear a message for a dying Green Rider (king’s messenger)”(author’s website).

    Britain now resides in Maine where she lives in a log cabin, writes full time, and enjoys spending time daydreaming outdoors.

    Join this popular author for a journey through her “[f]irst-rate fantasy,”(Library Journal).

    Chats with Champions is a free community offering from your national award-winning Skidompha Library at 184 Main Street, Damariscotta, Maine. This program is generously sponsored by Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shop. For more information, please call the Library at 207-563-5513.

    • October 24, 2019 (Thursday) – In Conversation: Crime Writers Bruce Robert Coffin and Marni Graff 

      Bruce Coffin and Marni Graff, Mystery Writers

      Skidompha Library welcomes mystery writers Marni Graff and Bruce Robert Coffin to Porter Hall on Thursday, October 24th at 10 a.m. Please allow time for parking and note that seating is first come, first served.

      Join us for a conversation with crime writers Bruce Robert Coffin and Marni Graff, will share their thoughts and experiences on writing crime novels. By interviewing each other for the audience, their conversation will reveal their differences and shared experiences, from writing processes to the business of working as a published author in today’s world. There will be time for questions.

      Award-winning author Marni Graff writes The Nora Tierney English Mysteries (The Blue Virgin, The Green Remains, The Scarlet Wench, The Golden Hour), featuring an American writer living in the UK; and The Trudy Genova Manhattan Mysteries (Death Unscripted, Death at the Dakota), based on Graff’s work during her nursing career as a medical consultant for a NY movie studio. Her short story, “Quiche Alain” appears in the Malice Domestic Anthology 14: Mystery Most Edible. The Managing Editor of Bridle Path Press, Graff also writes a crime review blog: www.auntiemwrites.com. She’s a member of Sisters in Crime, the NC Writer’s Network, and the International Association of Crime Writers. Graff and her husband live in rural North Carolina.

      Bruce Robert Coffin is the bestselling author of the Detective Byron mystery series. As a former Portland detective sergeant with more than twenty-seven years in law enforcement, he supervised all homicide and violent crime investigations for Maine’s largest city. Following the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, Bruce spent four years investigating counter-terrorism cases for the FBI, earning the Director’s Award, the highest award a non-agent can receive.

      His most recent novel, Beyond the Truth, was a finalist for the Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel, a finalist for the Maine Literary Award for Best Crime Fiction, and winner of Killer Nashville’s Silver Falchion Award for Best Procedural. His short fiction appears in several anthologies, including Best American Mystery Stories 2016. Bruce is a member of International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. He is a regular contributor to Murder Books blogs.
      Bruce lives and writes in Maine.

      Chats with Champions is a free community offering from your national award-winning Skidompha Library at 184 Main Street, Damariscotta, Maine. This program is generously sponsored by Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shop. For more information, please call the Library at 207-563-5513.

    • November 14, 2019 (Thursday) – Carla Skinder: Friends of Maine Coastal Islands and National Wildlife Refuge
    • May 5, 2020 (Thursday) – Earle Shettleworth: How Maine’s Celebrated its Centennial in 1920