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Applause and The Sound of Applause

Richard Gildenmeister

Thursday, October 25, 2012

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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

Additional Information

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


Arts and Culture, History, Literature, Motion Pictures (Film, Video)

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Special Thanks

Special thanks to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College for the use of their Steinway Piano.

ideastream Arts Funding

Production of arts and culture programming on ideastream is made possible by grants from:


By residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

The Cleveland Foundation; The Dominion Foundation; Eaton; The George Gund Foundation; The George W. Codrington Charitable Foundation; The Kulas Foundation; The John P. Murphy Foundation; Stroud Family Exempt Trust; The Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation; and The Nord Family Foundation.


The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

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Applause is an Emmy award-winning locally produced TV show that celebrates artists and cultural groups around Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.

The Sound of Applause, ideastream’s weekday radio magazine, celebrates the visual and performing arts, explores cultural trends, and examines current events through an artistic lens.

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Dee Perry image courtesy Chris Stephens, The Plain Dealer