Cover Design: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Fantastic Beasts 2 dropped this week, proving that the Harry Potter mania is not yet over. I first stumbled across Harry at a Scholastic Book Fair (yup!) in my small town. The name Harry Potter sounded so undeniably British to me, and I brought the book to my grandmother, a Trinidadian woman who had lived … Continue reading Cover Design: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Three Books to Read About Modern Witchcraft Instead of Getting Arrested for Practicing It

Halloween may be over, but the nightmare is just beginning for two Canadian women who are being charged with pretending to practice witchcraft. Section 365 of the Canadian criminal code states that:  Every one who fraudulently (a) pretends to exercise or to use any kind of witchcraft, sorcery, enchantment or conjuration, (b) undertakes, for a consideration, to … Continue reading Three Books to Read About Modern Witchcraft Instead of Getting Arrested for Practicing It

Standing at the beginning: Initials, Drop Caps and Initiums.

Also known as an initial, drop caps are a way to guide the reader through the text, while also adding decoration, style and character. Medieval scribes would use ornate letters to begin new sections of their work. Historically, they included illustrations inside or alongside the typography. The word Initial is from the Latin initialis which means … Continue reading Standing at the beginning: Initials, Drop Caps and Initiums.

Book cover of Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix

Spooky Story, Clever Design: Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix

On my weekly trip to the bookstore, my mind was focused on horror. The first week of October has been rainy, temperamental and moody - perfect for my Halloween spirit but not so perfect for my social life. Ah well. I didn't have to shop the stacks for long. I immediately spotted the interesting shape … Continue reading Spooky Story, Clever Design: Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix

3 Books to Read For Moody Autumn Vibes

"Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall." — F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby September evokes the smell of burning leaves; the taste of pumpkin. As soon as a chill enters the air, I stock up on wood and get settled in front of my fireplace. It is truly luxurious to … Continue reading 3 Books to Read For Moody Autumn Vibes

A screenshot of a medieval manuscript showing an example of a colophon

Why colophons are the perfect finishing touch for your book

If you're into fonts, you may often pick up books and wonder "What font is that?" Movies and television shows, some of our most consumed media, have end credits. So why shouldn't a book have credits outlining all of the technical aspects of the book? Some publishers (the better ones, if you ask me) recognize … Continue reading Why colophons are the perfect finishing touch for your book