Richard King will read from and sign his book “Meeting Tom Brady” Saturday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m. at Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St.

At the start of the 2013 football season, King set off in an 1988 Volkswagen minibus on a time-honored quest to answer life’s pressing questions — and to meet his hero, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. From training camp to the playoffs, from Spygate to Deflategate, King takes readers on a tour of stadiums and bars across the country.

Along the way he talks with players, sportswriters and Patriots management, posing the question, “What would you ask Tom Brady?” His book is a memoir of an eventful season in both King’s life and Brady’s — a determined pursuit, with uncertain results.

King is a lecturer in literature of the sea with the Williams College at Mystic Seaport Maritime Studies Program; and the author of popular and scholarly articles, reviews and interviews in periodicals such as Natural History, Scottish Literary Review, Hemingway Review, and Cruising World. He also is a professional cartoonist who has illustrated two children's books, “What is a Sea Dog?” and “America and the Sea and also Ruth!”

Rich writes and illustrates a quarterly column titled “Animals in Sea History” for Sea History magazine. He also is the author of “The Devil’s Cormorant”, which takes readers back in time and around the world to show the history, nature, ecology, and economy of the world’s most misunderstood waterfowl and “lobster.”

After the reading, King’s books will be available for purchase and signing. This event, sponsored by the Friends of the Rockland Library, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 594-0310.

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