Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Prostate Cancer (Sex) Diary


Attn:      News Desks; Health/Book/Lifestyle Editors
File:        Prostate Cancer, Men’s Health, Movember, New E-Books

Is there sex after prostate cancer? Men’s health top of mind during ‘Movember’

Interviews available: Don Truckey, author of:

“My Prostate Cancer (Sex) Diary
The story of a young survivor who didn’t go limp”

Just released e-book is man-to-man account of dealing with the disease through diagnosis, treatment
AND the part that almost always gets left out: sex after treatment
What: New e-book My Prostate Cancer (Sex) Diary, by Don Truckey; published  Like no other book on the subject, this memoir not only works through the confusion and controversies surrounding prostate cancer, including the ups and downs of treatment options and learning to move on, but provides an honest, personal account of one man’s journey toward post-surgery sexual recovery.
Why: While awareness of prostate cancer has increased this past decade, one thing that doesn’t get discussed when all of those “Movember” moustaches begin to sprout is the fact that treatments for the disease have dramatic and often traumatic consequences when it comes to a man’s sexual ability.  Many men suffer from severe or total erectile dysfunction after treatment. Directed at men (and their partners) who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, My Prostate Cancer (Sex) Diary delivers the straight goods, not necessarily from a doctor, but from another man who’s been through it.
Who: Don Truckey is an award-winning screenwriter whose work includes the television series Street Legal and Urban Angel. He has written two movies with hockey as their theme: the Gemini award-winning Net Worth and Chicks with Sticks, as well as Crazy Canucks about Canada’s Olympic Ski team. His first book in the Caraway Kim Series, The Adventures of Caraway Kim . . . Southpaw was published in 2005 and was shortlisted for the 2007 Rocky Mountain Book Award (Alberta Children in Literacy Program).  Don Truckey resides in Toronto, Ontario. He was diagnosed with the prostate cancer at age fifty-four and has recovered following successful treatment. 
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My Prostate Cancer (Sex) Diary, by Don Truckey, published by Canadian Writers Group is available online for $2.99 via the following links:
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Monday, 28 October 2013

Don Truckey: The Story of a Young Survivor Who Didn’t Go Limp


Prostate Cancer (Sex) Diary E-Book Published in Canada
A Chronicle of the Not-So-Hard Facts About this Prevalent Disease

Toronto, ON.  It is the side effect of prostate cancer that the medical profession doesn’t like to talk about, especially in Movember – severe or total erectile dysfunction.  Oh yes, and encountering adult diapers and catheters way on the young side of ninety.
Don Truckey Poses For Press Pictures
The Canadian Writers Group has just published journalist, author and prostate cancer survivor Don Truckey’s new e-book My Prostate Cancer (Sex) Diary: The Story of a Young Survivor Who Didn’t Go Limp. Available now on Kindle and Kobo, Truckey’s e-book is an extremely frank personal account about prostate cancer treatment. It has been written for people who want to hear the straight goods, not necessarily from a doctor, about what it means to be diagnosed with this often-treatable disease – there will be 23,600 men in this country who get the news this year alone. 

Don Truckey is an award-winning screenwriter whose work includes the television series Street Legal and Urban Angel. He has written two movies with hockey as their theme: the Gemini award-winning Net Worth and Chicks with Sticks, as well as Crazy Canucks about Canada’s Olympic Ski team. His first book in the Caraway Kim Series, The Adventures of Caraway Kim . . . Southpaw was published in 2005 and was shortlisted for the 2007 Rocky Mountain Book Award.

Truckey, who lives in Toronto, went from writing screenplays to chronicling sex and prostate cancer after being diagnosed with the disease at fifty-four.  His personal diary is witty, easy to read and takes on every prostate cancer taboo. Truckey has recorded a short video in which he talks about the new e-book

Based in Toronto, the Canadian Writers Group represents Canada’s most talented, in-demand freelance writers and published the bestselling e-book Finding Karla. See more at:


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Stephen Weir
Stephen Weir & Associates

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Religion and Politics will mix at IFOA with Preston and Simpson on stage

Andrew Preston (l) and Jeffrey Simpson

Attention Political Buffs and Non-Fiction Readers…
Charles Taylor Prize winner Andrew Preston and
Globe and Mail columnist Jeffrey Simpson
Discuss timely subject: Religon and America Politics

International Festival of Authors
Saturday, October 26, 2013 8 p.m
TORONTO: October 17, 2013…The International Festival of Authors (IFOA) joins forces with The Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction (CTP) for an evening of literary discussion that puts the spotlight on religion and politics. On Saturday, October 26th author Andrew Preston, winner of the 2013 CTP for Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy will talk about his book, and later be joined by award winning author and Globe and Mail public affairs columnist Jeffrey Simpson to discuss the book, and its relation to recent American politics. The event begins at 8 p.m. at the Fleck Dance Theatre, Queen’s Quay Terminal Building, Harbourfront, Toronto. 
Charles Taylor Prize founder Noreen Taylor will speak on behalf of Canada’s most prestigious literary prize.  Mrs. Taylor explains that, “In light of current events, Andrew Preston’s well-researched reflections on the religious underpinnings of American Foreign and Domestic Policy offer important insights both into us and our neighbour to the South. As for Jeffrey Simpson, his background in both Canadian and American affairs is justifiably award-winning.  With Jeffrey interviewing Andrew, I think we are all in for a treat.  It will be nothing short of brain candy.”
WHAT:  Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction Spotlight at IFOA
                Religion & Politics with Andrew Preston and Jeffrey Simpson
WHEN:  Saturday, October 26 at 8:00 pm
WHERE: Harbourfront’s Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Andrew Preston
WHO:  Andrew Preston (Cambridge, England) is the winner of The 2013 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction for Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy, published by Knopf Canada.
Preston teaches American history and international relations history at Cambridge University, where he is a fellow of Clare College. Before Cambridge, he taught history and international studies at Yale University. He has also taught at universities in Canada and Switzerland and has been a fellow at the Cold War Studies Program at the London School of Economics. He was born in Ontario and received his BA from the University of Toronto.
Jeffrey Simpson is the national affairs columnist at The Globe and Mail and the author of eight books, including Chronic Condition: Dragging Canada’s Health-Care System into the 21st Century, which won the 2013 Donner Prize for the best book on public policy and is currently shortlisted for the City of Ottawa Book Awards. An Officer of the Order of Canada, he is a senior fellow at the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.
He was a juror for The 2009 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction and the 2012 Cundill prize in History at McGill, for which Andrew Preston was shortlisted. Jeffrey Simpson lives in Ottawa with his wife Wendy. They have three children.
The Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction recognizes excellence in Canadian non-fiction writing and emphasizes the development of the careers of the authors it celebrates. For more information visit:
The International Festival of Authors presents a wide range of readings, round table discussions, on-stage interviews, book signings and a number of special events featuring the most exciting authors in contemporary literature. The 34th annual IFOA runs from October 24 to November 3, 2013.  For tickets visit: or call the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000.
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To cover this event, request photos or speak with the authors: 
Stephen Weir & Associates
Stephen Weir: 416-489-5868 cell: 416-801-3101 
Linda Crane: 416-727-0112 or

The event has taken place. The two photographs shown above were taken by Stephen Weir at the Fleck Theatre event. There are more pictures from the event in the Photography Blog. 

Monday, 7 October 2013

Great White Shark Gets Wet Welcome To Toronto

Great big launch for IMAX Great White Shark
Ontario Underwater Council's Scuba Demonstration Tank in Front Of Ontario Science Centre
It was a shark frenzy of activity at the Ontario Science Centre today as the Toronto public attraction gets ready for Tuesday's launch of the new Imax Movie - Great White Shark
The Science Centre is working with the Ontario Underwater Council to have a memorable one-day debut for the film. Pictured, two huge film banners are hung outside of the Science Centre. In the top picture you can see the banner behind a portable diving tank. 
Members of the Underwater Council (OUC) will be inside the tank most of tomorrow demonstrating how to scuba dive as part of the Science Centre's Media Day.
Prior to filling the tank, OUC president Rick Le Blanc (right) climbed inside and cleaned the viewing window.  The Association represents the rights and needs of over 200,000 active scuba divers in the province. 
Although there are only a few species of sharks native to Ontario waters (in Hudson Bay), many Ontario scuba divers travel south to swim and photograph sharks. 
Three years in the making, Great White Shark takes viewers around the world to see the large sharks in their natural habitat.
“Our mission is to change people’s attitudes toward the great white,” said Steve McNicholas, co-director of the film. “It’s not the menacing, evil predator it’s made out to be. It’s simply performing its crucial role at the top of the ocean’s food chain.  Great whites are not monsters any more than the polar bears or lions that we revere.”  
Shark Banner Outside IMAX theatre
 Distributed by Giant Screen Films, Great White Shark is produced by Yes/No Productions and Liquid Pictures 3D. It is narrated by acclaimed stage and film actor Bill Nighy.