On Sunday, February 17, at 3 p.m., Left Bank Books in Belfast will host writer Jeff Shula and historian Megan Pinette, who will discuss the recently published “Fireside Chats: Conversations That Reveal the Character — and Characters — of Waldo County’s Colorful Past.” Almost 30 years ago, Shula was a staff writer for the Waldo Independent, a weekly newspaper published in Belfast. Also at the paper was photographer Peggy McKenna. Together, the two produced a series of interviews with and photographs of some of Waldo County’s oldest and most colorful “characters” that ran weekly in the winters of 1990 and 1991. Now, 18 of those interviews and accompanying photographs have been compiled in a book. Vivian Dow opines on drugs, divorce, education and the environment, while Milo Blood gives a blow-by-blow account of the time he killed a deer with a jackknife. The interviewees include a Bowdoin graduate who majored in classical Greek, a two-time state champion woodchopper, and a Monroe man who liked to balance on chimneys on one foot. Each interview is accompanied by McKenna’s black-and-white photographs. “Fireside Chats” was published in memory of McKenna, who died in 2014. “Fireside Chats” was a collaborative project involving dozens of volunteers and several local organizations, including the Penobscot Marine Museum, the Belfast Historical Society (of which Pinette is president), the Maine Community Foundation, and the Belfast Free Library. Reservations are encouraged for the free talk and book signing.