I'm Dyin' Here
** Gold-medal winner of 2017 Foreword INDIES Book Award and silver-medal winner of 2017 Independent Publishers Book Award **
Long Beach Press-Telegram writer Tim Grobaty was promoted to columnist at his newspaper back when it was still a glamorous and coveted job. In I'm Dyin Here, the author means two things: He'll likely die at the job that he's spent nearly four decades doing, and at the same time his profession, too, is seeing its last days. Weaving together personal history and a selection of columns written over the course of his storied career, Grobaty offers readers a rare glimpse into the inner workings of a dying breed: the local columnist. With everyday life, fatherhood, holidays, suburbia, and random encounters with animals serving as fodder for his column, Grobaty reveals his sources of motivation and vulnerability, all the while struggling to maintain relevance in a rapidly changing industry.
Praise for I'm Dyin Here: A Life in the Paper
"A truly wonderful book. Both the fascinating history of a man, and the radical shifts in the newspaper world. It's beautifully written--by turns both humorous and equally moving. I wish I could give it a higher rating [than five stars]."
— Robert Roberge, author of Liar
"A humorous love letter to a dying vocation."
— Kirkus Reviews
"Tim Grobaty takes on a career's worth of trying to make sense of news papering in stories that are wry, honest, and mostly true from the big small town of Long Beach, California. The local weirdness is therein abundance, but just to show that all places, however ordinary, will surprise and mystify. The tragedies of an ordinary life are there too,with whatever redemptive power they can have. There is a lot to lament about the folding of newspapers like the one Grobaty still writes for.The worst is the loss one day of funny, humane, and unpretentious voices like his."
— D.J. Waldie, author of Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir
"Tim Grobaty, one of these great city-side columnists [has written] a book-length meditation on the current 'optimistic' state of the print journalism industry in which he works."
— David Kipen, founder of Libros Schmibros and book critic for KPCC's Take Two
"Over the years, a newspaper columnist develops a very special relationship with their readers: They become a favorite neighbor, a good friend,maybe even a family member. They don't deliver news; they tell us about life. Long Beach is lucky to have had Tim Grobaty in that role all these many years. He is the Bard of Big Town."
— Russ Parsons, former LA Times food critic and author of How to Pick a Peach: The Search for Flavor from Farm to Table
"One wanders through the passages of Grobaty's book like an accidental tourist in the town you thought you already knew. Often, discovering things a self-preservationist type wouldn't even think to investigate without a 'cop across the street' by his side."
— Thomas Wasper, author of Famous Killers for Early LearnersPr