SAVOY: Tom Ryan (Will's Red Coat) Talk and Book Signing

Savoy Bookshop & Café presents an author talk and book signing with Tom Ryan, the author of Following Atticus and Will's Red Coat. This event is free and open to the public; no RSVP is required. Tom will be bringing his dogs Samwise and Emily to the event, so please leave your pups at home. 

About the Author
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 with his dog, Atticus M. Finch. Over the last five years, Tom and Atticus have climbed more than 450 4,000 foot peaks. 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 corecipients of the ''Human Hero of the Year Award.'' Tom currently writes the popular ''The Adventures of Tom & Atticus'' column in the NorthCountry News and Mountainside Guide and the blog, The Adventures of Tom and Atticus.

About the Book
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.

Will’s Red Coat includes eight pages of color photographs.

Event date: 
Friday, February 16, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
Savoy Bookshop and Café
10 Canal St.
Westerly, RI 02891
Will's Red Coat: The Story of One Old Dog Who Chose to Live Again Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062444998
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - February 6th, 2018

Boston Globe Bestseller

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.