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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 is a writer and filmmaker. He has won awards for journalism (CA Journalism Award) and screenwriting (Fade In Award), and has served as a ghostwriter, speechwriter, or script doctor for over 3,000 clients. His first novel is a dark political thriller called "Red Dennis" (2020). His first nonfiction book is a guide for helping writers be more productive called "Ass Plus Seat" (2020). He co-hosts the "House of Mystery Radio Show" on NBC News Radio. In 2023, Eric founded the Psychic Arts Center, dedicated to exploring psychic phenomena and assisting people through psychic readings.

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