Toronto Zombie Walk 2012

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Toronto Zombie Walk.
Last year nearly 7000 corpses writhed, weaved and lurched their way through the streets of Toronto feasting on those unlucky enough to be living.

Toronto Zombie Walk 2012

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Join the parade and add extra oomph to your costume by mastering your zombie mannerisms. Here are three great reads to get you in the right Zombie mind-set.

1. Warm Bodies 

R is a young man with an existential crisis–he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He doesn’t enjoy killing people; he enjoys riding escalators and listening to Frank Sinatra. He is a little different from his fellow Dead.

Not just another zombie novel, Warm Bodies is funny, scary, and deeply moving story about being alive, being dead, and the blurry line in between.

Read an excerpt.
Watch the book trailer.
Like Warm Bodies on Facebook.
Check out the poster for the upcoming movie.

2. Everything you ever wanted to know about Zombies

The most comprehensive Zombie handbook ever put together covered in four simple categories.

i) Zombie Basics: The history of zombies and their evolution
ii) Zombie Science: How do zombies hunt? How do their minds work?
iii) Zombie Survival: We all know the zombie Apocalypse is coming.
iv) Zombie Pop-culture: Don’t be left out of the loop when fellow zombies crack inside jokes.

3. Zombies vs. Unicorns

When the Apocalypse hits, don’t think the Unicorns will just step aside for Zombies take over. You’ll be faced with the ultimate question of Team Zombie or Team Unicorn.

In this anthology, edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier (unicorn and zombie, respectively), strong arguments are made for both sides in the form of short stories.  Half of the stories portray the strengths–for good and
evil–of unicorns and half show the good (and really, really bad-ass) side of zombies.  Contributors include many bestselling teen authors, including Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson, Meg Cabot, Scott Westerfeld, and Margo Lanagan.

Read an excerpt.
Watch the book trailer.

Meet Lisa Genova!

We are extremely lucky to have author Lisa Genova in Canada for not one, not two, but THREE events. Lisa is the bestselling author of Still Alice and Left Neglected. She is touring Canada to promote her new novel Love Anthony. See below for event details and info.

Meet Lisa Genova in Toronto
Friday, October 5, 2012
Indigo Manulife Centre
55 Bloor Street West

Meet Lisa Genova in Ottawa
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Costco Kanata
770 Silver Seven Rd

Meet Lisa Genova in Vancouver
Saturday, October 13
Chapters Robson
788 Robson Street

Love Anthony explores the healing power of friendship between two women, each cast adrift by loss, as one woman begins in her fledgling writing, to give voice and meaning to the other’s autistic son.

Lisa talks about her new novel Love Anthony

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Do you love Philippa Gregory?


And right now, in celebration of the release of her newest novel The Kingmaker’s Daughter, we are hosting a Royal Reads sweepstakes. This is your chance to win a personalized copy of Philippa’s new novel, an entire library of her books, a tea basket complete with biscuits and china and other royal themed treats!

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Visit for an extended excerpt, author videos and more.

How to draw Neil Flambé – Behind the Scenes!

On a chilly afternoon in January, Ian Daffern of the ID Factory and I piled into Kevin Sylvester’s cozy attic studio to film the “How to Draw Neil Flambé” video tutorial.  A few coffees and a TON of illustrations later,  we managed to capture the magic of how Sylvester draws his fiery superchef, Neil Flambé.

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Read The Secret World of Arrietty before the film comes out!

For those who don’t know, I’m a Hayao Miyazaki fan. He is an internationally acclaimed animated film maker whose films deal with humanity’s relationship with nature and technology. Most of his animated films feature fantastical worlds with characters that don’t fall into the traditional good-evil dichotomies (which is one of the things that makes his films special).

The Secret World of Arrietty is another masterpiece (screenplay written by Miyazaki) that follows Arrietty, a four-inch tall girl living under the floorboards of a typical house, “borrowing” simple items to make her family home. Life changes for her and her family when they are discovered by Sho, an ordinary boy living in the house. This delicately hand-drawn animation embodies the dreams and longings of childhood all wrapped within a well-written, charming story. It will be sure to delight audiences of all ages!

Discover The Secret World of Arrietty before the film comes out Friday, February 17! Check out the film comic and artbook!

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Read what other people are saying about these books!

Back to Books’ review of The Secret World of Arrietty, Volume 1
Back to Books’ review of The Secret World of Arrietty, Volume 2