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Zombies Menace Schoolchildren at Lower Bay Station as Author Launches Book



Markham author Marina Cohen pulled off one of the most unusual author launches in Toronto’s history earlier today as she gathered children from schools around the TTC’s Bay station to debut her new young adult novel, Mind Gap. The novel, a fantastic nightmare that partly takes place in the abandoned crannies of Toronto’s subway network, recently debuted from Dundurn Press and is already available at local bookstores and on

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As the book features zombies in the Toronto subway, Cohen successfully arranged for a launch party to take place in the abandoned Lower Bay subway station, late in the morning. She was helped in her efforts by the Toronto District School Board and by the TTC Events coordinator, who cleared the paperwork and waived the rental fees for the station. Teachers and TTC personnel walked the children down the stairs to the abandoned station where Cohen greeted them and told them about the work that went into the novel.

The highlight of the tour came when the darkened subway train parked on the tracks behind Cohen opened its doors, and there lurched five zombies, ready to greet the startled children for a reading inside the car’s interior.

The zombies turned out to be the author Cohen’s friends, including yours truly, who kindly consented to put on zombie makeup and hide in the darkened subway car until their cue. The others included Deborah Kerbel, Natalie Ghent, Lisa Dalrymple and Helene Boudreau. After the students crammed inside to hear Cohen read, they stepped back onto the platform for a prize drawing, before finally leaving the station, to remember their experience of a lifetime.

Marina Cohen was very thankful to the hard work of the Toronto Transit Commission and the Toronto School Board for making this event happen, and the author’s friends also had a good time. More photographs will follow.


Dozens of Toronto schoolchildren gather in a subway car to hear author Marina Cohen speak.


The author’s friends start putting on their make-up.


Waiting in the darkened subway train to scare the kiddies…

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