"A brilliant book. It's scientifically well-informed, serious, funny, and full of good stories." --Living Bird
["An] elegant little history... King's witty and erudite portrait, illustrated with a wealth of images."--New York Times
"A well-penned tale of hero and hero-worshiper, charming and smart.” —Mark Edmundson, author of Why Football Matters

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(revised 15 Nov 2017)

7 December 2017 "The Natural History of Moby-Dick: Ishmael, the Marine Biologist, the Environmentalist, and a Climate Refugee?" book signing of The Devil's Cormorant and Lobster to follow, Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History , 6-7:30 pm (Pacific Grove, CA)

5 December 2017 "Calling All Ecosystems: The Inspiring and Accurate Science Fiction of Rachel Carson's Under the Sea-Wind," UC Santa Cruz, Rachel Carson College Red Room, 5:30-7:00 PM

24 March 2017 "Long Island's Lobster: Not Peasants' Food, Not Fine Art, and Not Endangered, "book signing to follow, Branford Land Trust, 7:00 pm (Branford, CT)


2016 events

2 March 2016 "Meeting Tom Brady" on "Downtown with Rich Kimball," WZON, 4:35 PM (Bangor, ME)

14 April 2016 “Melville’s Plankton: What Moby-Dick teaches us about the Gulf of Maine” at The Gulf of Maine Research Institute, 6:30 PM GMRI Sea State Lectures

11 May 2016 Mystic Seaport for Educators "Literature of the Sea and the American Environmental Movement" at Mystic Seaport, 4-6:00 PM Mystic Seaport

25 May 2016 half-day school visit for "Sail Into Learning" week at JFK Elementary School (Milford, CT)

25 May 2016 "Meeting Tom Brady," "The Devil's Cormorant," and "Lobster," at Barnes and Noble, 4-6:00 PM (Milford, CT)

19 July 2016 Groton Long Point Authors Night, 7:00-8:30 PM (Groton, CT)

30 July 2016 Connecticut Authors Trail at Bill Memorial Library, 1:00-2:00 PM (Groton, CT) Connecticut Authors Trail

15 September 2016 Connecticut Authors Trail Finale at Mohegan Sun, 6:00-9:00 PM (Uncasville, CT) Connecticut Authors Trail

30 September 2016 "Giant Squid, Global Warming, and Whale Extinction: Herman Melville an Environmentalist?," Log Lunch, 12:00 (Williamstown, MA)

8 October 2016 Book Signing, Fall Festival, 2:00-4:00 pm (Westport, MA) Partners Village Bookstore

26 November 2016 Book Signing, Small Business Saturday, 2:00-5:00 pm (Westerly, RI) Savoy Bookshop and Cafe