Additional Writing – Books

100 Things to Do in San Jose Before You Die: 100 Things to Do in San Jose Before You Die guides you through the weird, wild, wonderful sights of Silicon Valley’s capitol. With a helpful and humorous voice (grown organically out of the dot com dynasty) this book will allow you to not only find, but fully embrace your inner geek as you pioneer your own Josean form of Manifest Destiny. Provided within are secret hacks to the culinary legacy represented by the diverse population of the region (as well as all the trendy, new go-to, foodie finds), tips on the tremendous art and cultural offerings around every corner, and scores of ways to get you off the grid and take unique advantage of the more than 300 days of sunshine a year. Whether a first time visitor, a regular traveler to the area or a local, new quests await you in the pages of this Manual-of-Awesome. Let 100 Things to Do in San Jose Before You Die help you find the way to the San Jose you never knew existed.

REVISED VERSION WITH 25 NEW ENTRIES! Great for holiday gifts, family traditions, New Year’s resolution assistance, AirBnB hosts, co-workers, new residents (real estate agents!). Start new family traditions, use it for first (and second, and third…) dates! 

Order 2nd Edition HERE:

Order 1st Edition HERE.

Upcoming Book Related Events – where the Princess will have her book to sell at a table and you will get to experience one of the lovely locations featured in the book!

Nothing confirmed at this time.


CHILL OUT AND READ -San Jose Women’s Club – Ice Cream Social (FREE) Sunday, August 4th
Meet with 20 local authors (including me) as well as take a historic tour and listen to great keynote speakers. There will be an opportunity to pre-order 100 Things to do in San Jose Before you Die SECOND EDITION with 25 NEW entries and lots of updated info. More Info here:

3Below Theatres & Lounge
October 30th @ 5:30 pm-7:30 pm (timing may differ slightly)
288 South 2nd Street, San Jose, CA 951

FREE! Let’s celebrate and be entertained by the fabulous talent of San Jose! Details are still coming together for a super fun and interactive evening to help launch the 2nd edition of 100 things to do in San Jose Before you Die! Be the first to get the new version and check the first one off your list by attending at featured venue 3Below Theaters and Lounge. Validated parking at the garage above the building, entrances on 2nd and 3rd at San Carlos!

5:30-6:30 pm – book signing, mingling, noshing, prizes and catch up!
6:30 – 7:30 pm – Entertainment galore!! Preview of NINE from 3Below, competitive Improv from ComedySportz, dramatic readings from the book by local “celebrities” and so much more…

Books, Inc. – Mountain View
Thursday, November 7 @ 7 pm
317 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA 94041

A short talk with a Q & A  about the book itself and the process of writing about ever changing content and how exploration differs between locals and tourists! Books available to purchase at event.

Barnes and Noble Almaden Plaza
Sunday, November 17 @ 1 pm- approximately 3:30 pm
5353 Almaden Expy, Building B, San Jose 95118

Nineteen presents The Dirty Downtown Jazz Syndicate
November 23rd @ 8pm
@ The Tabard Theatre , 29 North San Pedro Square, Suite 200, San Jose, 95110
The Dirty Downtown Jazz Syndicate is a group led by pianist/arranger and movie buff, Kevin McCullough.  Fronted by sultry singer, Lauren Halliwell, and backed by horns and a killin’ rhythm section, they play music from spy movies, detective shows, film noir, and the like!  If you mixed James Bond and Jessica Rabbit up with some fresh arrangements ranging from salsa to swing, surf to heartfelt ballads, that would be the DDJS in a nutshell! THERE IS A SHARKS GAME THAT NIGHT, PARKING WILL BE FLAT RATE (not validated) IN THE SAN PEDRO GARAGE. ALLOW PLENTY OF TIME FOR TRAFFIC TO FIND PARKING – or better yet, arrive early in the day and spend some time exploring some of the other 100 things downtown! -I’ll have a book table at the back, come find me!

Drink and Draw at Art Boutiki
December 19  at 7 pm – 11 pm
44 Race Street, San Jose, 95126

FREE- ALL AGES: Come draw, sketch, doodle, color, sip, chill and listen to great music while you lounge with other awesome San Jose loving peeps in one of the coolest, all ages venues. I will have books for sale, and will be signing (and doodling) at least until 10 pm! Come check it out!


2nd Edition Press:

ABC7 News appearance December 16, 2019

Check out Page 42-44 of this month’s December M Magazine Bay Area for a few family-friendly winter activities from the book!

Fairmont’s Lobby Lounge getting a serious makeover

1st Edition Press:

Pizarro: A guide to what’s good in San Jose

Local author pens ‘100 Things to do in San Jose Before You Die’

Amazon Review:

“I thought I did everything there was to do in San Jose… I was wrong. I barely was able to check off half the items in the book despite being very active in the San Jose community. Great book, very cleverly written, nicely laid out and organized. Bottom line, I think this is a recommended buy for both San Joseans and visitors.”

“A really fun book and includes information that we will be using for our group field trips. They have lived here for years and we found things they did not know about to go see!”

“Fantastic book! I was born in San Jose but there were a lot of things I did not know. Definitely recommend it.”

“This book is entertainingly written, without too much extraneous fluff. It’s also very useful for an Easterner who frequents the South Bay area.”

2 Responses to Additional Writing – Books

  1. HI Susannah! I’m so excited to learn about you. My Amazon purchase is on the way, and I can’t wait. This past summer I went to the Greek Festival and had -oh, my god- an incredible and immersive experience; I will be reflecting on this on my own blog! After discovering that it was listed on 100 Things to Do in San Jose Before You Die, I had to purchase the book. If you get the chance to see this comment, I would love to interview you at your convenience. (I am hoping to sharpen my skills as a journalist and blogger, but I would also appreciate this opportunity to ask questions for the online magazine I work for,, to ask career-related and travel questions!)

    • Artsalot says:

      Glad you are exploring San Jose! It’s a fun, diverse town! Email me and let’s chat, I’m always up for helping others get writing and adventuring however I can! An interview would be fun!

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