Author: Tom Ryan
Publisher: William Morrow
Newman Communications’ faith in humanity was restored when we were visited by author Tom Ryan and his buddy Atticus M. Finch. Atticus, who is the central character in Ryan’s book, Following Atticus is an adorable miniature schnauzer. Atticus was a perfect guest and but didn’t have very much to say, so he let Tom Ryan do all the talking. Tom and Atticus had just completed a successful radio book publicity campaign which found them talking of their adventures with more than 25 stations across the country, including:
- NPR in WI
- USA Radio Network
- Lifestyle Network
Now once again, with Atticus in the lead, Tom came back to Newman Communications to begin a new adventure in TV, Online and Print book publicity campaign for Following Atticus.
Get a quick look at the beautiful trailer for the book
About the Author
Tom Ryan is the founder of the Newburyport, Massachusetts, newspaper the Undertoad and served as its publisher and editor for more than a decade. It wasn’t until he bonded with Atticus that he realized how stressed and unhappyhe was. Middle-aged, overweight, and acrophobic Tom and Atticus were an unlikely pair of mountaineers, but after a close friend dies of cancer, the two pay tribute to her by attempting to climb all forty-eight of New Hampshire’s four-thousand-foot peaks twice in one winter while raising money for charity. In a rare test of endurance, Tom and Atticus set out on an adventure of a lifetime that takes them across hundreds of miles and deep into an enchanting but dangerous winter wonderland.
As Ryan says: “In telling the story of my friend, Atticus M. Finch, I often think of the something Antoine de Saint Exupery wrote, ‘Perhaps the act of love is my gently leading you back to yourself.’ For that’s what this little dog did. He led, I followed, and in the end I became the man I dreamed of being when I was a little boy.”
“Not your standard mountain adventure book. . . . Reading Following Atticus can feel like taking a long walk, or a series of walks, with a great storyteller. Why ‘follow Atticus?’ Because, [Ryan says], ‘Dogs, like mountains, bring you back to yourself.’” (AMC Outdoors ).
Tom Ryan, Atticus and Newman Communications would like to help you see what it means to love an animal, find your true self and maybe create a few smiles along the way.
To learn more about Following Atticus please visit: http://tomandatticus.blogspot.com/