Gary Singh story
Gary Singh recently wrote about the so-called "Industrial Triangle" for Metro Silicon Valley. (Metro SV)

You may have recently devoured his 2022 San Jose Jazz Summerfest round-up, enjoyed learning about the “ambient and dissonant sounds” of the “Industrial Triangle,” or the Hidden History of Lincoln Avenue, but now fans of writer Gary Singh—a columnist for sister publication Metro Silicon Valley—have something new to look forward to.

That’s because on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 5 p.m., he’ll be at the Los Gatos Library
to discuss his book Silicon Alleys: Selected Metro Silicon Valley Columns, 2005-
2020 with Dr. Rudy Rucker, who is an author and emeritus professor at San Jose State University.

It’s a compilation of 250 of Singh’s “Silicon Alleys” columns which have been featured in Metro, the second-best newspaper available for free in Los Gatos (after the Los Gatan, of course), since 2005.

“To look at San Jose through Gary’s eyes is an education,” Johnny Moore, the former general manager of the San Jose Earthquakes said in an advance blurb for the book. “He is to San Jose what Herb Caen was to San Francisco—part of the city, part of its vibe. For years he has walked the streets, enjoyed its hot spots and its dives.”

Los Gatos resident Dr. Rudy Rucker, who taught Singh at SJSU and wrote the book’s forward, is prepping for a sit-down chat with his former student.

The talk is sponsored by Friends of Los Gatos Library.

“Our all-volunteer organization provides financial support for library programs that serve people of all ages from infants to adults,” said Mary Martin, president of the group in a release. “Last year more than 2,700 people attended 300 programs, performances and classes that the Friends funded.

“We also paid for supplies for the local history room; activity kits, puzzles, ukuleles and sewing machines that can be checked out; and a lot more.”

The Friends raise money through the Friends of the Library Bookstore, where lightly used book sell for rock-bottom prices.

It is currently the only bookstore in Los Gatos and is located at 110
E. Main St. near the fountain on the Civic Center Plaza.

It is open Wednesday through Sunday from 1–5 p.m.

The group was also a popular attraction at this summer’s Jazz on the Plazz events at Town Plaza Park, where attendees could take a break from listening to top-notch artists to select future reading materials.

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Drew Penner is an award-winning Canadian journalist whose reporting has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Good Times Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times, Scotts Valley Press Banner, San Diego Union-Tribune, KCRW and the Vancouver Sun. Please send your Los Gatos and Santa Cruz County news tips to [email protected].


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