Richard J. King will talk about his book “The Devil’s Cormorant: A Natural History” Thursday, April 17, at 7 p.m. at the Friends of Maine’s Seabird Islands Visitor Center, 9 Water St.

King integrates hard science and extensive research to create a fascinating snapshot of how cormorants are both cherished and despised in different cultures around the world.  He also will share his personal stories about his global adventures while researching this misunderstood bird.

King teaches Literature of the Sea with the Williams College-Mystic Seaport Maritime Studies Program. He is the author of “Lobster,” published by Reaktion Books in 2011, and has written widely on maritime topics. He also has been teaching and crewing on tall ships for more than 15 years.

The Visitor Center is the large white building where Main Street/Route 73 and Water Street meet, by the clock tower. The free event is sponsored by the Friends of Maine’s Seabird Islands, Penobscot Marine Museum and Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors. For more information, call Friends of Maine’s Seabird Islands at 594-0600 or Penobscot Marine Museum at 548-2529.

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