at twin cities book festival
Wearing the same clothes he would to the
grocery store, Harvey Pekar spoke with Mary Lucia about his
new book, Quitter at the October, 2005 Twin Cities Book Festival
at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Lucia, from
89.3 The Current, was very excited to interview Pekar, the
author of American Splendor.
American Splendor, a series of autobiographical graphic novels
that Pekar has been writing since 1976, has gained mainstream
attention with the 2003 movie of the same name. With this
new attention, Harvey has had more opportunity to focus on
other writing projects. In his new book, Quitter, Pekar shares
experiences growing up into the man he is today. Pekar is
currently working on a couple of new projects, as well as
restarting the American Splendor comic series with DC Comics.
In addition to talking about his work, Pekar also discussed
his views on subjects brought up by Lucia and some audience
questions. He expressed his dissatisfaction for the actions
of our current President, his concern over global warming
and his opinions on his appearances on David Letterman’s
show. He also spoke about his appreciation of how well the
movie turned out and shared a little about his writing process.
With such a large portion of Pekar’s
life publicized in his novels, there is very little he refuses
to share with his audience. In fact, the only things he won’t
share are things that would get him in trouble with his wife.