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Buffalo's best team ever? The Cancer Cowboys

The Buffalo Sabres are winning again in my hometown of Buffalo, New York.

My beloved Bills may make the playoffs again -- someday.

But while touring for "Cancer Crossings" A Brother, His Doctors and the Quest for a Cure to Childhood Leukemia," I was asked if this medical advance, dare say medical miracle, could have happened anywhere else except Western New York?

I decided that Roswell Park was the only place and the "Cancer Cowboys" were the best team or organization ever in Buffalo. Here's a link to my recent column about this in the Buffalo News

https://buffalonews.com/2018/11/24/another-voice-roswell-parks-cancer-cowboys-launched-a-moonshot-50-years-ago/

 

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"Summer of '68' returns to L.A., Oct. 25 & Oct. 27

Thrilled to be returning to the L.A. to discuss the "Summer of '68: The Year That Changed Baseball -- And America -- Forever.

On Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m., I'll be at Villalobos Hall, Whittier College (13507 Earlham Drive, Whittier, Calif.) For more information, (562) 907-4803, (626) 791-7647, or terymar@earthlink.net

On Saturday, Oct. 27, 2 p.m., I'll be at the Allendale Branch Library (1130 S. Marengo Ave., Pasadena, Calif.) For more information, (626) 791-7647, (626) 744-7260, or terymar@earthlink.net

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Free download of Cancer Crossings

The first seven chapters of "Cancer Crossings: A Brother, His Doctors and the Quest to Cure Childhood Leukemia" are available through the end of this week on BookGrabbr. Here you go -- https://grabbr.com/contentpage/558-celebrate-life-ccam-cancer-crossings-giveaway#.W5a3p-gCI_w.gmail

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Summer of '68 exhibit in SoCal

Thrilled to be a part of this new exhibit at the Pasadena Library. Here's the official release:
BAD MOON RISING: We are pleased to share a few photos from today’s installation of the exhibition “Bad Moon Rising: Baseball and the Summer of ’68,” on view from September 3-November 15, 2018 at Whittier College’s Wardman Library.
Presented by the Institute for Baseball Studies and the Baseball Reliquary, the exhibition is based on Tim Wendel’s book “Summer of ’68: The Season That Changed Baseball – and America – Forever,” the research materials for which are in the collection of the Institute.  Read More 

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End of summer with Cancer Crossings

Brilliant Books' front window, Traverse City, Mich.

I ended the summer by attending a family reunion in the Traverse City, Mich., area and appearing at Brilliant Books on Front Street there. The acclaimed film festival had just concluded and it was a great time.
Fun to catch up with family and friends, and the good folks at Brilliant Books are top-notch.  Read More 

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On Amazon's Alexa

You can now find me there under the handle Bookish Tim -- https://www.witlingo.com/bookish-tim/
Just follow the prompts and you can hear me reading from various works in the upcoming weeks. Some of these will be my own -- Cancer Crossings, Summer of '68, etc. -- but more will be short passages from my favorite writers, famous and unknown.
I'll soon be on Google Home and Microsoft Cortana, too.  Read More 
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In S.F. with Alta Magazine

The launch for "Cancer Crossings" began on April 15 at Politics & Prose in Washington, D.C., and the first wave of promotion finished 3,000 miles away on June 6 at Book Passage in Corte Madera, Calif.
Book Passage is another amazing indie bookstore. My thanks to the great folks there and to Alta Magazine for naming me as part of its reading series.
Go to Tim Wendel Books on Facebook to find video from the appearance.
It was an incredible 10-week run and so good to catch up with so many friends and make many new ones, too.  Read More 

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Going 'Facebook Live' at Roswell Park

During my recent swing through Western New York, I was honored to moderate a conversation on Facebook Live with Dr. Kara Kelly and Dr. Martin Brecher of the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Our topic was advances in pediatric cancer.
The science has come a long way in the half century since my brother was first diagnosed with  Read More 

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Publication Day for "Cancer Crossings"

It's official: "Cancer Crossings: A Brother, His Doctors and the Quest to Cure Childhood Leukemia" will be published this weekend.

Thanks to so many people for believing in the project, which was a departure for me in many ways.

The great group of editors at Cornell Press, starting with Dean Smith, Fran Benson and Suzanne Gordon, made this a much better book than the original manuscript.

Also, thanks to the doctors who spoke with me and took the time to explain what it was like to take on this shape-shifter of a disease. We lost Dr. James Holland, one of the giants in this field in recent weeks. But his words and philosophy live on in these pages.

And, finally, special thanks to my family. We've been through a lot together and we continue to sail for the far horizon.  Read More 

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My Latest for Psychology Today

In this column, I write about an important conversation I had with Dr. Donald Pinkel while researching "Cancer Crossings: A Brother, His Doctors and the Quest for a Cure Childhood Leukemia." Dr. Pinkel was the first director of pediatrics at Roswell Park in Buffalo and went on to build St. Jude Hospital in Memphis. Here he's shown with the hospital's founder, actor Danny Thomas.
Pinkel's insights helped me understand the dynamics within my own family during the years my brother was battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
The new column is entitled "No Time for Conversation."  Read More 

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