Following Atticus: Forty-Eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship by Tom Ryan is published by William Morrow. It tells the story of my adventures with Atticus M. Finch, a little dog of some distinction. You can also find our column in the NorthCountry News.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Do You Have a Question for Tom & Atticus?

Here’s your chance to ask Tom and Atticus a question and have it in the paperback edition of Following Atticus. 

Jess Lahey, a wonderful writer and blogger, is interviewing me now, and we’ll be printing the interview at the end of the book.  We thought it would be fun to choose one question from a Facebook friend to answer in the interview.  We will give you credit for the question in the book.   

Give it some thought, be original, and check out the questions that were asked previously to yours so there are no duplicates.

To submit your question go to the Following Atticus Facebook page and ask it under the proper post.  Jess and I will choose the one that works best for us. 

Thank you for participating!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Following Atticus Receives Two Silver Medals From The Nautilus Book Awards

We are pleased to announce that Following Atticus: Forty-Eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship is a double silver medal winner in the 2012 Nautilus Book Awards. 

The Nautilus Book Award “recognizes books and audio books that promote spiritual growth, conscious living, and positive social change, while at the same time they stimulate the ‘imagination’ and offer the reader ‘new possibilities’ for a better life and a better world.”

Following Atticus received a silver medal for Animals/Nature and for Memoir/Personal Journey.

In past years Nautilus Book Awards have gone to such notables as His Holiness the Dalai Lama; Deepak Chopra, M.D.; Barbara Kingsolver; Marianne Williamson; Thich Nhat Hanh; Eckart Tolle; Rhonda Byrne; Joel Osteen; Andrew Weil, M.D.; Gary Zukov; Mariel Hemingway; and Judy Collins.

The Nautilus website states: “We look for distinguished literary and heartfelt contributions to spiritual growth, conscious living, high-level wellness, green values, responsible leadership, and positive social change as well as to the worlds of art, creativity and inspirational reading for children, teens, and young adults.” 

We are proud and honored to be a double winner and happy for our agent, Brian DeFiore; our editor, Cassie Jones Morgan; and for our publisher, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins. And we weren’t the only books published by HarperCollins that won Nautilus Book Awards this year.  Here’s the entire list of HarperCollins winners:

The Quiet World by Douglas Brinkley -  Ecology / Environment
Love Wins by Rob Bell -  Religion / Spirituality - Western Traditions
Wabi Sabi Love – by Ariel Ford – Relationships
An Alter in the World –by Barbara Brown Taylor – Religion/Spirituality – Western Traditions (unacknowledged winner from 2011)
Following Atticus – by Tom Ryan – Animals/Nature and Memoir/Personal Journey  (William Morrow)
God is not a Christian by Bishop Desmond Tutu – Religion/Spirituality – Western Traditions

If you wish to learn more about the Nautilus Book Awards and to see how the winners are chosen click on this link and it will take you to their website.