Chats with Champions is proud to present author William Anthony at 10 a.m. on June 30 in the Porter Meeting Hall of Skidompha Library. Anthony is the author of “Farnsy, A Novel,” published by Maine Authors Publishing.

Anthony, also the author of the “Midcoast Boater’s Journal,” is rolling out this lighthearted novel about William Phineas Farnsworth, a promising young policeman in his hometown, who can’t stop thinking about Lucy — once his high school sweetheart, now the ex-wife of a lobsterman.

As tourists migrate back to Maine at the start of a new season, everything seems normal — predictable — until Farnsy bumps into Lucy, who’s back in town. Then Farnsy stops by Waltz’s Soda Fountain, where he hears about some rolls of Necco wafers that have turned up in seasonal cottages on nearby lakes. When Farnsy finds Necco wafers in his own cottage and discovers his father’s favorite fishing lure is missing, the mystery gets personal. The questions on Farnsy’s mind grow heavier as his 35th birthday approaches: Does he have what it takes to solve the Necco mystery?

Local residents and summer visitors alike will appreciate this lighthearted break from the daily news cycle and enjoy some welcome chuckles seeing their favorite places like Waltz’s Soda Fountain, where they’ll meet a cast of memorable characters, including Professor Tuttle and her dog Pemmie; Doc Adams, who’s writing the town history; and Julie behind the counter, who’s heard it all twice.

“Farnsy” is a quirky and heartwarming read for anyone who loves Maine, has been to Maine, plans to visit Maine or just likes their Maine humor dry.

Anthony has spent his life listening to stories, reading stories and studying, recording and telling stories and believes that storytelling is essential to being human.

A Colby graduate, Anthony is a retired educator who divides his year between Edgecomb and Evanston (IL).

The Skidompha Library is located at 184 Main Street in Damariscotta. For more information, please get in touch with the library at 207-887-0919.