Cleveland Splendor: Harvey Pekar Statue To Be Installed At Library
Sure, we're still waiting for the RoboCop statue to be erected in Detroit. But in Ohio, the late Harvey Pekar will be honored when the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library dedicates a new statue of the American Splendor writer next month.
Pekar, whose graphic series was adapted into a hyper-real dramedy starring Paul Giamatti in 2003, was known as "the poet laureate of Cleveland." (The Midnite Ticket team even ran into him outside of Cleveland's Cedar Lee Theatre a few years ago.) And even people unfamiliar with the series and the film might remember him from Anthony Bourdin's No Reservations. (You can and should read Bourdain's rememberance written upon Pekar's death here.)
Now Pekar will be immortalized in the Cleveland Height-University Heights Public Libary. A fitting location if there ever was one, for a man who made the library a major part of his life. The dedication takes place on Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. Pekar's final collaborator JT Waldman, who illustrated Pekar's postumously publish Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me, will be there to discuss working with the writer and their relationship with the library.