We are thrilled to announce that Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia has just launched of a new citywide book club — aptly named the Mayor's Book Club — and he has chosen I'm Dyin Here: A Life in the Paper by Tim Grobaty as the first read.
“I just loved I’m Dyin’ Here," Garcia said, describing the book as "an honest and extremely funny look at life in the newspaper business and here in Long Beach."
The Mayor's Book Club replaces "Long Beach Reads One Book" — which fell victim to budget cuts several years ago. The book club is sponsored by the Long Beach Library Foundation.
Grobaty and Garcia will appear together for a community conversation and interview at the Beverly O'Neill Theater Sept. 15, and a number of other book-related events and promotions will be held at local venues throughout the fall — including "Drinks with Tim" Oct. 26 at the Brass Lamp Book Bar & Lounge and a screening of "All the President's Men" at the Art Theater Dec. 11.
We've set up a Reader's Guide here, which has information on the book, the book club and related events.