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Author Bio

Richard is available to give his illustrated talk on Thoreau's love of trees to your group. To learn about hosting it, please visit the Illustrated Talk page. 

RICHARD HIGGINS is a writer, editor, photographer and lecturer in Concord, Massachusetts. He was a staff reporter and editor for The Boston Globe for 20 years, and his writing has appeared in the New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Christian Century, Esquire, and Smithsonian and many other publications. He is the co-author of Portfolio Life from Wiley and co-editor of Taking Faith Seriously, about religion in public life, for Harvard University Press. As an editorial consultant, he has helped clients develop and write and publish books.


Richard is a graduate of Holy Cross College, Columbia Journalism School and Harvard Divinity School. He and his wife, Rev. Jenny Rankin, live in Concord, where they raised their three children. In the early 2000s, reading Thoreau’s natural history essays and journal reawakened and affirmed his own childhood love of trees. He learned to walk where Thoreau walked, to love the same woods, and to see trees anew. He began to write about and photograph them. The result is this book.

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