Authors on Stage Welcomes Tom Ryan

Category: Authors on Stage
Location: Adrian Lamb Room

Following Atticus: Forty-Eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship is the story of an out-of-shape newspaperman, Tom Ryan, and Atticus M. Finch, a miniature schnauzer—an unlikely pair of mountaineers—and their record-setting winter. Deciding to pay tribute to a friend who died of cancer, they set out to climb all 48 of New Hampshire’s 4,000-foot peaks, twice, in the 90 days of winter. What awaits them is the challenge of a lifetime, set in an enchanting but dangerous winter wonderland. Their remarkable story blurs the line between two species and follows the two friends for hundreds of miles in a rare test of endurance. However, their greatest challenge awaits them within a month of returning home, when Atticus loses his sight and blood tests point towards something worse….

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Following Atticus is the heartfelt tale of a man and a dog dedicating themselves to a great quest. It’s about a little dog capturing the hearts of thousands, and a community coming together to support him during his darkest days. It’s an inspiring story of adventure, friendship, and love. Ultimately it is the story of a man who is led back to himself.

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 write and to hike with Atticus. Over the last five years the pair have climbed more than 450 4,000-foot peaks. Tom 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.” He and Atticus live in the White Mountains.

Please note: No dogs are allowed at this event. Thank you!