Tom Ryan, author of Will's Red Coat

 

We're so excited to have Tom Ryan back to Exeter!

NOTE: We have moved the location of the event across the street to the Exeter Town Hall. If you already reserved a seat, your reservations will hold. RSVPs are still suggested but are not required. 

To RSVP, email info@waterstreetbooks.com or call

(603) 778-9731.


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.


Tom Ryan served as publisher and editor of the Newburyport, Massachusetts, newspaper The Undertoad for more than a decade. In 2007 he sold the newspaper and moved to the White Mountains of New Hampshire with miniature schnauzer Atticus M. Finch. Over the last five years, Tom and Atticus have climbed more than 450 four-thousand-foot peaks.

Event date: 
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Exeter Town Hall
10 Front Street
Exeter, NH 03833
Will's Red Coat: The Story of One Old Dog Who Chose to Live Again Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062444981
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow & Company - April 25th, 2017

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