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.


            Please note that Skidompha Library is closed until at least April 27, 2020. All listed dates for Chats with Champions programs are subject to change.

            • D. Dauphinee: “When You Find My Body: The Story of Geraldine Largay on the Appalachian Trail” 
            • April 14, 2020 (Tuesday) – Daniel Lyons: Cinematographer / Producer
            • April 30, 2020 (Thursday) – Carol Gardner: Involuntary Americans: Scottish Prisoners in Early Colonial Maine
            • May 5, 2020 (Tuesday) – Earle Shettleworth: How Maine Celebrated its Centennial in 1920
            • May 14, 2020 (Thursday) – John Bunker: The Apple Whisperer
            • June 25, 2020 (Thursday) – Dr. Kerry Emanuel: Climate Change
            • August 6, 2020 (Thursday at 7 p.m.) – Richard Ford: Perils of Editing and Being Edited