Lawless to speak on writer Elizabeth Coatsworth at Skidompha Library Aug. 10

Fri, 07/29/2022 - 8:15am

Lincoln County Historical Association continues its series of talks on Women Writers of Lincoln County with a talk by Gary Lawless entitled “Elizabeth Coatsworth at Chimney Farm.” Lawless, a poet, publisher, editor, and bookstore owner, will offer his unique insights on the writer at Porter Meeting Hall in Skidompha Library, Damariscotta on Aug. 10 at 6 p.m. This event is open to the public and is free of charge.

Best known as a writer 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 made her home in Nobleboro, Maine. Gary Lawless and his wife Beth Leonard have lived at Elizabeth Coatsworth's Chimney Farm since 1986. They own Gulf of Maine Bookstore in Brunswick, and Blackberry Books, a small publishing company which has reprinted two books by Elizabeth Coatsworth (“Fox Footprints” and “The Enchanted”) as well as one by her husband Henry Beston (“Northern Farm”) and a book of poems by their daughter Kate Beston Barnes (“Crossing the Field”).

The public is invited to visit special exhibits on Lincoln County’s women writers at the Museum & Old Jail in Wiscasset, the Pownalborough Court House in Dresden, and the Chapman-Hall House in Damariscotta. LCHA is presenting these programs as part of their year-long celebration of these talented women. A particularly extensive exhibit at the Museum and Old Jail in Wiscasset is supported by Raymond McKinley Rideout Jr. and Marguerite Waterman Rideout Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.

Lincoln County Historical Association is a non-profit organization that provides stewardship for the 1754 Chapman-Hall House in Damariscotta, the 1761 Pownalborough Court House in Dresden, and the 1811 Old Jail and Museum in Wiscasset.  For more information, please visit, Facebook at Lincoln County Historical Association (Maine) or Pownalborough Court House Museum.