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Books"San Jose Scavenger" guidebook invites readers to explore Santa Clara County

“San Jose Scavenger” guidebook invites readers to explore Santa Clara County

“San Jose Scavenger,” a new guidebook by Cassie Kifer, has been released by Reedy Press.

The book is laid out like a treasure hunt, inviting readers to explore “the South Bay’s hidden gems.” Readers can follow a bevy of clues leading to over 300 unique spots across 20 neighborhoods spanning the whole of Santa Clara County; it even has a section of locations that are in Milpitas.  

The destinations in the book are walkable and bike-friendly, and include historic sites, architectural feats, works of art, parks, and museums. No matter which hunt the reader chooses to go on, they’ll have a chance to embrace local history, learning more about the “legends and lore” that define our region.

A press release accompanying the book’s publication invites people to “Discover an unexpected medieval fortification, burial grounds hidden under a busy city park, towering South Pacific totem poles, and a home with no right angles among other unexpected finds.”

The author, Cassie Kifer, is a local travel writer with a passion for our area’s history. Previously, she wrote “Secret San Jose: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure.” Kifer’s starting a book tour to launch “San Jose Scavenger,” with the following appearances scheduled:

November 4 – Preservation Action Council of San Jose Holiday Boutique Sale (295 Sequoia Ave, San Jose) – Book Signing Event – 3pm to 6pm – FB Event

November 5 – Nirvana Soul Cafe (315 S. 1st St, San Jose) – Book Signing Event – 9am to 12pm – FB Event

November 9 – Downtown San Jose Farmer’s Market (South 1st St between San Carlos and San Salvador) – Book Signing Event – 3pm to 7pm – FB Event

November 12 – Second Saturday Visit the Alameda – Book Signing Event – Time: 3pm to 6pm – FB Event

November 16 – Sourdough Eatery (848 N First St, San Jose) – Book Signing Event – 12pm to 2pm – FB Event

November 19 – Leigh’s Favorite Books (121 S. Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale) – Book Signing Event – 10:30am to 1pm – FB Event

November 26 – Small Business Saturday with Hicklebee’s Books (1378 Lincoln Ave, Willow Glen) – Info: TBD

December 3 – BookSmart (421 Vineyard Town Center, Morgan Hill) – Book Signing Event – 11am to 2pm – FB Event

December 10 – Recycle Books West (275 E Campbell Ave, Campbell) – Book Signing Event – 1pm to 4pm – FB Event



Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer & filmmaker. As a screenwriter, he’s won a Fade In Award and written numerous feature films in development by companies including WWE, Mandalay Sports Media, Game1, and Select Films. He is also the resident script doctor for Rebel Six Films (producers of A&E’s “Hoarders”). As a journalist, Eric’s won a California Journalism Award and is co-owner and editor of The Milpitas Beat, a Silicon Valley newspaper with tens of thousands of monthly readers that has won the Golden Quill Award as well as the John Swett Award for Media Excellence. As a filmmaker, Eric’s directed award-winning feature films that have premiered at the Fantasia Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and Shriekfest, and been endorsed by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Eric’s apocalyptic novella “It’s Only Temporary” appears next to Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” on Nightmare Magazine’s list of the 100 Best Horror Novels of All Time. He lives in Northern California with his wife, Rhoda, and their two sons.


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