Tom Ryan, Will's Red Coat

Friday, April 28th, 2017, 7 p.m. (Please leave your canine companions at home, as Tom's new dog, Samwise, may be in attendance.)

cover art Will's Red CoatTom Ryan (Following Atticus) returns to Gibson's Bookstore to share the next chapter of his dogs' stories, in Will's Red Coat: The Story of One Old Dog Who Chose to Live Again. We grew to love Will through Tom's blog, following the story of a scared elderly dog who learned to trust. Here, at last, is Will's full story.

A true story of acceptance, perseverance, and the possibility of love and redemption as evocative, charming, and powerful as the New York Times bestseller Following Atticus.

Drawn by an online post, Tom Ryan adopted Will, a frightened, deaf, and mostly blind elderly dog, and brought him home to live with him and Atticus. The only owners Will ever knew had grown too fragile to take care of themselves, or of him. Ultimately, Will was left at a kill shelter in New Jersey.

Tom hoped to give Will a place to die with dignity, amid the rustic beauty of the White Mountains of his New Hampshire home. But when Will bites him numerous times and acts out in violent displays, Tom realizes he is in for a challenge.

With endless patience and the kind of continued empathy Tom has nurtured in his relationship with Atticus, Will eventually begins to thrive. Soon, the angry, hurt, depressed, and near-death oldster has transformed into a happy, gamboling companion with a puppy-like zest for discovery. Will perseveres for two and a half years, inspiring hundreds of thousands of Tom and Atticus's fans with his courage, resilience, and unforgettable heart.

A story of a dog and an indelible bond that is beautiful, heartbreaking, uplifting, and unforgettable, Will's Red Coat honors the promise held in all of us, at any stage of life.

Event date: 
Friday, April 28, 2017 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
45 South Main St
Concord, NH 03301
Will's Red Coat: The Story of One Old Dog Who Chose to Live Again Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062444981
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Published: William Morrow & Company - April 25th, 2017

A true story of acceptance, perseverance, and the possibility of love and redemption as evocative, charming, and powerful as the New York Times bestseller Following Atticus.


Following Atticus: Forty-Eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780061997112
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Published: William Morrow & Company - August 7th, 2012

After a close friend died of cancer, middle-aged, overweight, acrophobic newspaperman Tom Ryan decided to pay tribute to her in a most unorthodox manner. Ryan and his friend, miniature schnauzer Atticus M. Finch, would attempt to climb all forty-eight of New Hampshire's four-thousand-foot peaks twice in one winter while raising money for charity.


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