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Milford - TOM RYAN ("Following Atticus") shares his new adventure, "Will's Red Coat" at the Wadleigh Library.

We are thrilled to be hosting* TOM RYAN (and dog Samwise) for a discussion and signing for his new book, Will's Red Coat.

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.

Bonus! A representative from the Animal Rescue League of NH will join us as well, to give a brief talk on how we can help our animal friends. Visit them at and feel free to bring an item from their Wish List. Thanks in advance. Now...

*PLEASE NOTE! Due to the large crowd expected for Tom's event, we have partnered with the Wadleigh Library and WILL BE HOLDING THE EVENT THERE at:

49 Nashua Street, Milford, NH 03055. The library phone number is 603-249-0645.


Event date: 
Monday, May 8, 2017 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Wadleigh Memorial Library
49 Nashua Street
Milford, NH 03055
Will's Red Coat: The Story of One Old Dog Who Chose to Live Again Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062444981
Availability: In Stock, Click Title for Location
Published: William Morrow - April 25th, 2017

Following Atticus: Forty-eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061997112
Availability: In Stock, Click Title for Location
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - August 7th, 2012

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