Frederick Thurber


Mr. Thurber currently writes for Northern Woodlands magazine and Health Union.  One of his articles published by Northern Woodlands was about about Emily Dickinson/grasslands/bobolinks ( and another was about a retreat for men with cancer that was held on Grand Lake Stream in Maine.

He is currently working on a new nonfiction book about a program that sends students to Antarctica to search for meteorites.  Mr. Thurber spend about a month in New Zealand researching this book.

Mr. Thurber has another nonfiction manuscript about a forgotten woman scientist who helped solve one of the 20th century’s great intellectual puzzles.  This book is not about Rosalind Franklin and no children’s book has been written about this scientist.

Mr. Thurber also has a nonfiction manuscript about Jess Natales, a young lady who operates all the heavy equipment at a metal recycling yard and drives their big tractor trailer trucks. This is construction book with a unique twist, a young lady who loves working with big machines.

Previously Mr. Thurber wrote hundreds of nature and bird watching column in various newspapers in southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island, including The Providence Journal.

An article Mr. Thurber wrote about a fly fishing retreat in Montana for men with cancer was published in  Big Sky Journal  in Spring of 2021. recently published another article he wrote about this retreat.

Recently he recorded an audio version of one of his nature essays (about fireflies) for  Rhode Island National Public Radio station.  He has also written some scientific articles on fisheries and birding (including an article for an ornithological journal, The Bird Observer, about the hermit thrush: He has contributed a piece about producing audio books to SCBWI’s newsletter.

In the Wake of the Willows is his first book.

Mr. Thurber is a writer and “Advocate” for  Here is one of his articles:

In addition Mr. Thurber writes an occasional wine blog for the Standard Times of New Bedford, MA, and breeds rhododendrons for fragrance. He is a member of SCBWI, The Rhododendron Society Massachusetts Chapter, and was a past president of the Paskamansett Bird Club.

Mr. Thurber grew up in Providence, Rhode Island, and graduated from Brown University in 1983.  His grandfather was a cousin of James Thurber.

The Thurbers were recently interviewed by the Cape and Islands NPR station.  The interview can be heard here:

WCAI The Point with Mindy Todd

They were also interviewed for Arts Week on WOMR here:

Arts Week – WOMR