If you live in Toronto, every four to six weeks your savviest book friend will likely drag you to Queen West indie retailer Type Books to view the store’s magical, strange, inventive and whimsical window, which has featured papier mâché floating bunny heads, a three-dimensional Toronto alley, boomboxes from 1985, handcrafted balloons, giant pom-poms, and everything in between to draw your attention to their incredible selection of books. And, turns out, Kalpna Patel, the clever designer behind Type’s highly touted window, has only been at it for a year, which is saying quite a bit about her skills.
For her latest spectacular creation, Kalpna has collaborated with author and cartoonist EVAN MUNDAY to celebrate the release of his new book DIAL M FOR MORNA (9781770410732), published by ECW Press (check out THE GRID's photo gallery of Kalpna creating the display). The spooky Halloween themed window (above) features Munday’s exquisite hand-drawn portraits of Type Book's staff that will surely delight passerby and loyal customers for the next few weeks. Interested in getting your own portrait? This weekend you can meet Munday at Type - he'll be painting Goth faces on people in the window on Saturday, October 26th from 12-5pm and Sunday, October 27th from 12-4pm. Expect to be thrilled.
October Schwartz and her five deadest friends are back. The holiday season has descended upon the town of Sticksville like an eggnog rainstorm, but October has no time for candy canes or mistletoe. She’s busy dealing with an oddly pleasant new history teacher, her living friends’ new roles as high-school radio DJs, and two (!) new mysteries that need solving before the new year. October and her ghost friends are hot on the trail of the person (or persons) responsible for Morna MacIsaac’s death in 1914 — or as hot as one can be on a 100-year-old trail — when
October’s friend Yumi finds herself the target of anti-Asian harassment at school. Solving two mysteries at once won’t be easy, but our intrepid heroine in black eyeliner loves a challenge.
Follow October, Cyril, Tabetha, Morna, Kirby, and Derek as they sleuth their way through a blizzard of suffragettes, iceskating disasters, mystical telephones, and boats named Titanic, all set against a backdrop of yuletide pandemonium.
Read more at http://www.ecwpress.com/dialm
DIAL M FOR MORNA By Evan Munday 9781770410732 $11.95 Independent Publishers Group (ECW Press)