David Gutnick & Mathilde Cinq-Mars launch Mr. Mergler, Beethoven, and Me

You are invited to celebrate the launch of Mr. Mergler, Beethoven, and Me! In his first children's book, radio documentarian David Gutnick tells the story of fellow Montrealer Daniel Mergler, who for over fifty years inspired students with his dedication to teaching and love of music. David will be joined by illustrator Mathilde Cinq-Mars, with plans for a reading and craft activity. The event will take place at La Petite Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (176 Bernard O.) on Sunday, March 18th, from 5-7pm. Everyone welcome!

About the book:
Not long after arriving in Canada from China, a young girl and her father bump into a kind old man at their local park. They have no idea that he has been teaching young people music for over fifty years. Mr. Mergler can hear music in a way that most of us can’t, and he knows that this little girl has a talent that, with encouragement, will grow into something magical. He offers to give her music lessons, a gift that will tie them together forever. Inspired by the life of Daniel Mergler, a wonderful musician who loved to teach and whose generous spirit inspired generations of Montreal music students.

About the authors:

Author David Gutnick makes radio documentaries for CBC/Radio-Canada. Over the past 30 years he's done stories on former child slaves in Togo, secret religious services in Beijing, and ballet dancers in an American maximum-security prison. He also writes about art and trains for Ironman triathlons. David lives in Montreal with his wife and their dog Freya, and has a grown daughter and stepson.

David will be joined by illustrator Mathilde Cinq-Mars. Mathilde is a graduate of the Université de Strasbourg in visual arts. She works as a freelance illustrator for many publishers and magazines. She lives and works in Trois-Rivières with her daughter.

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