Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Man with the Violin Trailer

Yesterday night, violinist Joshua Bell performed at Roy Thomson Hall. One of the many music lovers in attendance was author Kathy Stinson, whose upcoming picture book, The Man with the Violin, is about the time that Joshua Bell played a free concert in a metro station, posing as a street musician. Kathy presented Joshua with an advance copy of the book, which hits shelves this fall.

Kathy Stinson presents Joshua Bell with the picture book based on his metro performance
Kathy enjoyed both the concert and meeting Joshua:
Hearing and watching Joshua Bell play his multi-million-dollar Stradivarius violin was even more exhilarating than I imagined it could be when I wrote these words (in my upcoming fall book, The Man with the Violin):

“The high notes soar to the ceiling. The low notes swoop to the floor. All the notes swirl and sweep around the blur of poeple rushing here and rushing there. The music is telling an exciting story. It makes the hairs on the back of Dylan’s neck tickle.”

Joshua Bell had seen the text and the illustrations for The Man with the Violin before I met him backstage after the concert and gave him his advance copy (he had to, to know what kind of Postscript to write for it). But I could tell, when he held the book in his hands, that he was as delighted with the actual book as I was. He called it “a sweet book.” And after meeting him, I have to say: Joshua Bell is one sweet man.
To find out more about The Man with the Violin, visit our website or check out the book trailer below:

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