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.

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.


Kim said...

I am only a quarter of the way through your book and I am already sensing this is unlike anything else I have read before. Congratulations on the awards :)

Diane Herd Smith said...

Congratulations to a MOST deserving pair! Again, thank you Tom and Atti for sharing a most wonderous friendship!

Sue Chamberlain said...

Congratulations to both of you, Tom and Atticus!
That is really great news.

Zeph said...

Congratulations. Now even more people will find y'all and share your magic. Paige, your selfless courage to give up a special little soul when you were in need yourself has brought pleasure and wonder to so many- I'm thrilled wider recognition of the consequences of your generosity is now being achieved. Faith and love so wonderfully illustrated. Super news. X

Dan the Mountain Man said...

Congratulations on the awards! I love the picture.

Tina L said...

So deserving.....:)

Unknown said...

just simply congratulations and celebrations......well earned and deserved.

Bonnie said...

Kudos Tom! Well deserved!

1HappyHiker said...

It's already been said many times, nonetheless, I too would like to offer congratulations to you Tom!


Cookie said...

I just finished Following Atticus and I have to tell you I loved it. Made me laugh and made me cry (more than a few times) and I read all in 1 day! Congratulations to both of you.

brem said...

Congratulations from the heart!

Oskar said...

Congratulations on the awards!

Nubbin wiggles,

stelmarie329 said...

Congrats on the awards. So deserved. I loved the book and as soon as I get it back from my boyfriend I'm going to read again.