Damariscotta speaks to cover prolific writer Elizabeth Coatsworth

DAMARISCOTTA — The Lincoln County Historical Association plans to continue its Lincoln County Women Writers Lecture Series with a lecture by Gary Lawless.

The lecture, Elizabeth Coatsworth at Chimney Farm, is scheduled for Wednesday, August 10 at 6 p.m. in Porter Meeting Hall at Skidompha Library, 184 Main St. in Damariscotta.

Lawless, poet, editor, publisher and bookseller, will offer his unique perspective on the writer. This event is open to the public and free.

Best known as the author of children’s books, including the Newbery Award-winning story, “The Cat Who Went to Heaven”, Elizabeth Coatsworth was a prolific writer of fiction, poetry and nature who lived in Nobleboro .

Lawless and his wife Beth Leonard have lived at Coatsworth’s Chimney Farm since 1986. They own the Gulf of Maine bookstore in Brunswick, as well as Blackberry Books, a small publishing house that has reprinted two of Coatsworth’s books (“Fox Footprints” and “The Enchanted”) as well as one by her husband Henry Beston (“Northern Farm”) and a collection of poems by their daughter Kate Beston Barnes (“Crossing the Field”).

The public can visit exhibits on women writers from Lincoln County at the Museum & Old Jail in Wiscasset, the Pownalborough Courthouse in Dresden, and the Chapman-Hall House in Damariscotta. LCHA presents these programs as part of its year-long celebration of these women.

An extensive exhibit at the Wiscasset Museum and Old Jail is supported by Raymond McKinley Rideout Jr. and the Maine Community Foundation’s Marguerite Waterman Rideout Fund.

For more information, visit lincolncountyhistory.org.

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