International bestselling author Tess Gerritsen of Camden returns to the downtown Skidompha Library’s Chats with Champions program Thursday, Aug. 11, at 10 a.m. As this event is expected to be well attended, attendees should allow ample time for parking.

Whether talking about storytelling in general or her latest book,” Playing with Fire,” the engrossing author is also an engaging speaker. Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shop will have Gerritsen’s books available onsite for purchase, and she will be signing her books following the Chat.

Gerritsen began to write fiction while on maternity leave from her work as a physician and in 1987, her first novel was published. “Call After Midnight,” a romantic thriller, was followed by eight more romantic suspense novels.

Her first medical thriller, “Harvest,” was released in hardcover in 1996 and marked her debut on the New York Times bestseller list. Her books have been published in 40 countries, and more than 30 million copies have been sold around the world. Gerritsen’s books have been Top-3 bestsellers in the United States and No. 1 bestsellers abroad. She has won both the Nero Wolfe Award (for “Vanish”) and the Rita Award (for “The Surgeon”). Her series of novels featuring homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles inspired the TNT television series “Rizzoli and Isles,” starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander.

Named one of the best books of the year by The Los Angeles Times and Suspense Magazine, Gerritsen’s most recent book, “Playing With Fire,” is a gripping stand-alone thriller. In a shadowy antiques shop in Rome, violinist Julia Ansdell happens upon a curious piece of music — the “Incendio Waltz” — and is immediately entranced by its unusual composition. She is determined to master the complex work and make its melody heard. But back home in Boston, from the moment her bow moves across the strings, drawing the waltz’s fiery notes into the air, something strange is stirred … and Julia’s world comes under threat.

Chats with Champions is a free community offering from the national award-winning Skidompha Library and is sponsored by Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shop. For more information, call 563-5513.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or