Thursday, October 25, 2012
Harvey Pekar’s widow Joyce Brabner and illustrator JT Waldman flip through the pages of one of Pekar’s last graphic novels, “Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me,” in which he sorts through his complex feelings of about Zionism and the state of Israel.
And when you think of buying and selling books in Cleveland you think of one name - Richard Gildenmeister. A mainstay on Shaker Square since the mid-70’s, with his Gildenmeister Book store, and more recently with Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Richard has been the man to see when you’re looking for a great read. Recently, Richard was back in Shaker Square, selling many of the books that have been sitting on his shelves at home.
Plus we celebrate the return of a hometown Superman who got his start in a book that when it debuted cost only 10 cents. Today, THAT book is worth millions.
And we introduce you to book doctor Ellie Strong, who mends broken spines.
Writer Joyce Brabner
Illustrator JT Waldman
Laura Siegel, daughter of Superman creator Jerry Siegel
Book binder Ellie Strong
Richard Gildenmeister, bookseller
Richard Gildenmeister, Bookseller
Superman exhibit at Cleveland Hopkins Airport
Harvey Pekar graphic novel, “Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me”
Ellie Strong of Strong Bindery
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Special thanks to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College for the use of their Steinway Piano.
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