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COA’s Coffee & Conversation with Author Peter Blanchard

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BAR HARBOR, ME—COA’s Coffee & Conversation series continues with Peter Blanchard, author of We Were an Island: The Maine Life of Art and Nan Kellam. The book is based on the journals and other writings of the Kellams. Join the discussion on Tuesday, August 6 at 9am in Deering Common Community Center.

Blanchard will talk with COA’s Dean of Institutional Advancement, Lynn Boulger, about the Kellams and how they bought Placentia Island near Mount Desert Island, Maine in the 1950s and lived there year-round – alone – for nearly 40 years. Blanchard details how they lived off the grid, isolated, rowing two miles back and forth to Bass Harbor to get provisions and mail. The book eulogizes the Kellam’s immense courage to lead such a life, showcasing how they physically and mentally endured such a distinct path.

“We are delighted to have Peter come to talk about Art and Nan Kellam,” noted Boulger. “His remarkable book is so unique and evocative in its detail of their many seasons living alone on Placentia Island.”

Join Blanchard and Boulger for a free-ranging discussion from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., the sixth in a summer-long series of Tuesday morning Coffee & Conversations at COA.

For more information on the weekly conversations, which are free and complete with refreshments, contact Kim Childs, or 207-801-5625.

About Peter Blanchard
Blanchard is a long-time conservationist and environmental activist, and the founder of Greenwood Gardens, a New Jersey nonprofit organization dedicated to horticulture and environmental education. He owns and manages two Maine islands as nature reserves. He serves on the board of Maine Coast Heritage Trust.

About College of the Atlantic
College of the Atlantic was founded in 1969 on the premise that education should go beyond understanding the world as it is, to enabling students to actively shape its future. A leader in experiential education and environmental stewardship, COA has pioneered a distinctive interdisciplinary approach to learning—human ecology—that develops the kinds of creative thinkers and doers needed by all sectors of society in addressing the compelling and growing needs of our world. For more, visit

LECTURE: Tuesday, August 6th at 9 a.m. Author Peter Blanchard and Lynn Boulger, COA’s Dean of Institutional Advancement, talk about Blanchard’s book We Were an Island: The Maine Life of Art and Nan Kellam. Deering Common Community Center, 105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, ME. or 207- 801-5625.