New York Times bestselling author of Following Atticus, Tom Ryan reads from his newest book, Will's Red Coat: The Story of One Old Dog Who Chose to Live Again.
This event is free and open to the public and takes place in the Atrium at 73 Main Street (right next door and the same building as Bear Pond Books). Tickets are not required. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis.
“Life can be so many heavenly things, but it can also be violent and savage and thoughtless. So how do we fix it? How do we mend the broken and make someone or something whole again? I’m no expert—I still reach out in the darkness for that hand just out of sight—but I’ve grown to believe it has to start with us. We fix ourselves, and when we are ready, we try to help others.”—Tom Ryan
Delighting readers and animal lovers alike with his New York Times bestseller, Following Atticus, Tom Ryan is back with another beautiful book. A story of acceptance and perseverance, Will's Red Coat is heartfelt and inspirational as Tom chronicles—in Tolkien-like prose—his adoption of Will, an elderly, sickly dog he brings home to have peace in his last days.
At age 15, a deaf and cataract-laden senior dog named Will was languishing in a shelter, bound to be euthanized…until fate stepped in by way of an online post. Upon seeing the post on the Following Atticus Facebook community page (247K+ members), animal activist and author Tom Ryan decided—mostly on a whim—to adopt Will and bring him to his home in the rustic and rugged White Mountains of New Hampshire.
At first, Tom expected to be giving Will a dignified place to die, but when he witnesses first hand Will’s heartache and fear—after several biting and violent episodes—Tom realized that what Will truly needed was to learn to trust and love again.
An uplifting and unforgettable story, Will's Red Coat shows readers it is possible to unearth the promise held in all of us, at any stage of life.
TOM RYAN is the founder of the Newburyport Massachusetts newspaper The Undertoad and served as its publisher and editor for over a decade. In 2007 he sold the newspaper and moved to the White Mountains of New Hampshire to hike with his miniature schnauzer, Atticus M. Finch, climbing more than 2,500 peaks and writing the New York Times bestseller Following Atticus about the experience. After raising thousands of dollars for Angell Animal Medical Center in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, the pair was inducted into the Massachusetts Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) Hall of Fame as co-recipients of the “Human Hero of the Year Award.” Through their efforts with Will, Tom and Atticus received the Massachusetts School of Law Humane-itarian Award. Tom writes the popular “The Adventures of Tom & Atticus” column in the NorthCountry News and the blog “The Adventures of Tom and Atticus.” He lives in New Hampshire.