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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            Virtual Chat with John Marshall

            Online Chat with Skidompha Library on February 11, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

            All those wishing to attend this online Chat, through Zoom, visit this link to sign up. Those attending will be emailed a link prior to the event.

            Skidompha Library’s Chats with Champions will feature acclaimed television producer, author, and humanitarian John Marshall at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 11.

            Imagine encountering tiny elephants on a beach. Or kayaking with a horse as your paddling partner. Those are only two of hundreds of whimsical, touching, and humorous images on John Marshall’s Instagram page, Sunset Selfies (

            Marshall is a 9-time Emmy Award-winning television producer. He is the creator of the immensely popular Instagram page Sunset Selfies that features his cardboard cutouts against the setting sun. Marshall created his first Sunset Selfie on Frye Island in 2015, cutting a beer box into an alligator, donning it on his head, and taking a timed photograph. From then until now, Marshall has added captions, both enhancing the photos and revealing the cartoonist he dreamed of becoming when he was a boy.

            His artwork has been featured in publications worldwide from Rolling Stone Brazil to The Times of India to The Kelly Clarkson Show on national television. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Random House memoir “Wide-Open World”, the inspiring story of his family as they volunteered their way around the globe, living in a monkey sanctuary in Costa Rica, teaching English in rural Thailand, and caring for orphans in India. Signed copies of “Wide-Open World” are available at Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shop.

            John’s true passion is his work with orphaned children around the world. As a storyteller, filmmaker, and fundraiser, he has helped raise more than two million dollars for orphan projects since 2014. His most ambitious project yet is a global initiative called Teach Her, a service organization providing college education to orphaned girls. Advocating for some of the most vulnerable members of our human family, John hopes to involve many like-minded supporters to lift these girls up and change the future one child at a time.

            All those wishing to attend this online Chat, through Zoom, visit this link to sign up. Those attending will be emailed a link prior to the event.

            In addition to attending ZOOM chats, we encourage you to visit our YouTube page; we have a number of previously recorded chats available to view.

            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.

            There will be no in-person Chats with Champions events at this time. Skidompha will be hosting Virtual Chats through ZOOM.