Thanks to CBC for the great job helping celebrate the TD award nomination!
Thanks to CBC for the great job helping celebrate the TD award nomination!
According to a Washington Post article last week:
1. He hoped it would get people to stop asking him about his first Metro station concert that he did as part of a social experiment.
I wonder if he’s been asked more often since the publication of The Man with the Violin which has attracted awards all over the States and has been recently nominated for two prestigious awards in Canada? If so, does he regret writing a Postscript for the book? I hope not. Not <everyone> knows who he is and some people will be introduced to his marvelous playing through that book
2. He doesn’t want the stunt to define him.
I understand this. For a while it bothered me that people seemed to notice only one of the many books I’d written. But at least Red is Best showcased my ability to recognize a good children’s book idea when it came along and my ability to write what many refer to as ‘a classic’. Joshua’s virtuoso performances around the world over his thirty-or-so-year career are far more deserving of recognition than his Metro station concert in 2007.
3. He wanted to promote music education.
It’s true that Joshua Bell feels strongly about the importance of music education. He gave nine students he mentored through the National Young Arts Foundation the chance to perform with him last week. And he asked that Dusan Petricic and I contribute a share of royalties to supporting music education for young people. (We agreed, and Annick Press is contributing too.)
Probably. And why not? We artists all have to do what we can to promote our work, right?
The WP article didn’t mention another reason for the performance. Joshua Bell does clearly love to play his violin and — as this account of his encore Metro performance very much suggests — he loves engaging with his audiences too, especially the kids, who’d have wanted to stop even if they didn’t know who that “man with the violin” was.
— Brett Zongker (@DCArtBeat) September 30, 2014
Of course Joshua Bell – the man with the violin himself – has been travelling internationally years now. But the book inspired by his concert in a metro station is now travelling too.
Serbian, Portuguese, Chinese, and French language rights have been sold to various places around the world, in addition to certain iconographic video rights. So stay tuned for some cool-looking new covers.
In the meantime, here’s how What Happened to Ivy looks to German readers these days:
Strong Hollow shows how music comes to be a vital part of a young man’s life, even though (unlike Joshua Bell in The Man with the Violin) he has little talent. Jackson Bigney’s life is essentially a mess — until the day he decides to use his skills as a wood carver to see if he can restore a derelict fiddle.
I was strongly moved by this book and kept wanting to read passages out loud, because Linda Little is as fine a craftsperson with words as her character is with wood.
Lucky me, I’ll get to meet Linda this weekend at Read by the Sea in Tatamagouche.
Torontonians have been reading and discussing The Cellist of Sarajevo this month as part of TPL’s “One Book” program. The novel is set during the siege of Sarajevo when a cellist chose to play his cello in the street to mourn the deaths of 22 citizens shot while lining up to buy bread. It is, as Goodreads says, “about the endurance of the human spirit and the subtle ways individuals reclaim their humanity in a city ravaged by war.” (I loved the book, by the way, but I read it before I was adding books to my Goodreads bookshelves. Otherwise you’d see it with my 5-star rating there.)
The circumstances of the real life occurrence on which The Cellist of Sarajevo is based bear no resemblance to the circumstance that found Joshua Bell playing his violin in a Washington D.C metro station, and yet, when I heard TPL’s announcement of this year’s “One Book” title, I couldn’t help thinking that The Man with the Violin would make the perfect companion title — for those readers too young to take on Steven Galloway’s book, or for those readers who would simply appreciate another take on the theme of the effect music can have on individuals, especially music encountered in unexpected situations.
The Man With The Violin is going to the Suzuki String School of Guelph Spring Concert! On Sunday, April 27 at 3 pm at the River Run Centre in Guelph, Kathy Stinson will be reading her beautiful book. The 160 young students of our school will be performing the role of the violinist as she reads the story.
This has been the collaboration of a lifetime for our students who know Kathy through The Man With The Violin, Red Is Best and so many other books. Kathy is like a rock star for our young students who range in age from 3 to 18. They can’t wait to meet her in person and make her story come to life through their music.
Our collaboration started back last December, when Kathy asked if some of our students could play at a reading of her book at The Bookshelf, a bookstore here in Guelph. The experience was so successful that I decided to invite her to read her book at our Spring concert at the River Run Centre. This is an annual event and we aim at making it both educational and entertaining for our audience of around 400 family members and young children. The Man With The Violin will be the crown jewel of this concert.
The Bookshelf will be there to sell Kathy’s book and Kathy will be doing a book signing after the concert. The programme is entitled “Music Tells A Story” and will also include music that tell other stories from songs to movie sound tracks. The Guelph Youth Dance Company, a group of young modern dancers, will be doing a choreography on the Prelude to Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller, Psycho. All around, you are in for a wide range of emotions!
Ms. Barsalou is a Suzuki teacher trainer approved by the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Since 1989 she has been teaching at the Suzuki String School of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario and is now the artistic director of the school. She is a guest teacher at institutes and workshops throughout Canada and adjudicates at music festivals in Ontario. She is the principal 2nd violin of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra and occasionally performs chamber music. Ms. Barsalou is a past director of the Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute (1997-2009) held every August at Wilfrid Laurier University in Kitchener/Waterloo, Ontario. She lives in Guelph with her husband, pianist Ken Gee.
For the photos that make up the slideshow, thanks to David Schuller, Marketing and Publicity Assistant at Politics & Prose for those taken at the front of the store and during the signing itself; to Mary Alice Garber for the shot of Nan Forler, Joshua Bell, and me; to Nan Forler for any other shots that have me in them. Any others were taken by me.
Excited to be heading to Washington D.C. in a couple of days to celebrate The Man with the Violin with a joint signing with Joshua Bell – the man with the violin himself – at Politics & Prose Bookstore on Saturday morning.
Especially fun when Digital Book World has recently given the ebook version a Digital Book Award in the Ebook Fixed Format/Enhanced Children category.
Rights have been sold (I just discovered on Annick’s website) for Spanish and Korean translations, too.
Is promoting a book supposed to be this much fun?
Thanks to the great staff at The Bookshelf in Guelph for welcoming me, The Man with the Violin, and three musicians into the store on Saturday.
Starting at 10:45 or so, three students from the Suzuki String School of Guelph played violin to help attract people to the area in the store where a reading of the book would take place. During my reading, each violinist in turn provided musical punctuation at various points in the story, appropriate to the mood of the moment. When the story ended, they kept good feelings going by some lovely Christmas music as I signed books and chatted with people who’d braved the wintry elements to get to the Bookshelf that day.
A huge thanks to musicians, Natasha Gray, Jasmine Weiler, and Liza Zdane for making the “musical reading” possible.
Thanks also to Paule Barsalou, Artistic Director of the Suzuki String School of Guelph and teacher, Carmen Evans, for agreeing to provide musicians, for working out with me ahead of time how a musical reading could best be co-ordinated, and for choosing the music the girls would play. Thanks to Carmen as well for conducting the musicians at the event itself. It was everything I hoped it would be.
Thanks also to Brigitte Waisberg, Marketing Manager at Annick Press, who went above and beyond the call of duty to drive from Toronto in a snowstorm to help celebrate The Man with the Violin and to ensure there were plenty of books, in the event that half of Guelph turned out for the event.
Thanks to the Guelph Tribune for sending a reporter. I haven’t seen the story yet, but if you check their site, it may be there.
And thanks to everyone else who gathered for the musical reading that day. From preschoolers to senior citizens, I think it’s safe to say that a good time was had by all!
Join me and the Suzuki String School of Guelph at the Bookshelf (41 Quebec Street) at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 14. I’ll be reading the book, students will provide the music, and there will even be a chance for you to try a few notes on a string instrument yourself, courtesy of the SSSG.
Join me and Joshua Bell at the Politics & Prose Bookstore (5015 Connecticut Avenue NW) at noon on Saturday, February 1. Joshua Bell will be signing his CDs and we’ll both be signing The Man with the Violin. And if you happen to be attending his performance at the Kennedy Centre, perhaps I’ll see you there.
If you’re not near Guelph or Washington D.C. on those dates, fear not. What better way to celebrate, wherever you may be, both The Man with the Violin and the man himself than by giving your favourite family or families a gift of the book and the CD, “Musical Gifts from Joshua Bell & Friends” this holiday season!
Photo courtesy of sirikul – freedigitalphotos.net