Richard J. King is the author and illustrator of the acclaimed comic memoir Meeting Tom Brady, about his pilgrimage to meet the Patriots superstar and have a real conversation as they throw the ball back and forth.

Rich’s previous books are Lobster, which was acclaimed by the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and The Devil’s Cormorant: A Natural History, which was short-listed for the ASLE Creative Book Award and rated as one of the top five science books of 2013 by Library Journal.

Rich is a lecturer in Literature of the Sea with the Williams College at Mystic Seaport Maritime Studies Program, and he’s the author of popular and scholarly articles, reviews, and interviews in periodicals such as Natural History, Scottish Literary Review,Hemingway Review, and Cruising World. Rich is a professional cartoonist and has illustrated two children’s books, What is a Sea Dog? and America and the Sea and also Ruth! He writes and illustrates a quarterly column titled “Animals in Sea History” forSea History magazine.

Rich has been sailing on tall ships for over fifteen years, traveling throughout the Northern Atlantic and Pacific Oceans as both a teacher and a sailor. He lives in Mystic, CT, with his wife and daughter.

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