OUR MISSION STATEMENT
Adventures by the Book™ offers worldwide opportunities for readers to connect with authors and their books on an intimate basis through unique, interesting, and adventurous travels & events.
OUR ADVENTURES BEGIN: HISTORY
Adventures by the Book, LLC was created in 2011 by Founder Susan McBeth, the name behind some of the biggest literary events in San Diego. Susan couldn’t escape the feeling that traditional book signings were missing something. Shouldn’t an author’s personal presence be used to create a more unique experience?
Susan launched ABTB to connect authors and their books with the local reading community through custom designed, interactive literary events. Adventures by the Book™ has since become a home base for passionate readers, published authors, aspiring writers, and others who enjoy engaging cultural events and the written word. The fact is: when readers and their favorite authors share a personal exchange, magic happens.
MEET THE AUTHOR EVENTS
Each ABTB event is uniquely designed around how best to unite communities with authors and their books. Our Adventures vary as widely as the titles; no two Adventures are the same. Readers have an opportunity to interact with authors they admire in a variety of venues across California, and in support of philanthropic causes whenever possible.
Please go here to see a gallery of our favorite Adventures, including:
- Chinatown LA Walking Tour Adventure with Lisa See
- French Kitchen Cookbook Adventure at The Lodge at Torrey Pines with renowned food writer and French Cooking School instructor, Patricia Wells
- Champion Horse Adventure: horse show and brunch supporting Red Bucket Equine Rescue, with NYT bestselling author, Elizabeth Letts
- Fancy Nancy Parade along the beach in Del Mar with NYT bestselling children’s illustrator, Robin Preiss Glasser
… just to name a few!
For readers or travelers who want to combine a vacation with a literary escapade, we offer Adventures by the Book™ travel tours (more here). These expert-led international and domestic travel Adventures occur numerous times every year. Our travel itineraries take inspiration from books and authors particular to the region. Our small groups discover the literary echoes of a new corner of the world, together, making new friends on these unforgettable vacations.
To date, we have:
- Followed the footsteps of Kafka's Last Love, Dora Diamant, across Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic under the guidance of Kathi Diamant, SDSU’s Kafka Project Director
- Explored nature with Alaska’s premier wilderness expert Lynn Schooler
- Dined Under the Tuscan Sun with none other than author Frances Mayes
- Indulged in Paris & Provence with New York Times bestselling author, Susan Vreeland
AuthorPreneurs™ is an ongoing series of interactive events and workshops aimed at helping writers take control of their book’s destiny. Our expert speakers address publishing industry topics such as marketing your book, social media lessons for authors, and using author events for book promotion. Recent AuthorPreneurs™ writer workshops include:
ABOUT THE FOUNDER, SUSAN MCBETH
Adventures by the Book™ Founder Susan McBeth has specialized in event management for over twenty years. Before launching Adventures by the Book™, she was the Director of Marketing and Events for one of the oldest independent bookstores in the United States. Through her career, Susan has had extensive experience working alongside publishers, publicists, agents, authors, and readers. Her experience and creativity led her to develop ABTB’s dynamic brand of literary events designed to meet and exceed the expectations of all of the above.
Susan is the author of a chapter in Everyday Book Marketing and she is a contributing editor to international online magazine Wine Dine & Travel, with her column Travel by the Book. She has been featured on NBC San Diego, KPBS, San Diego Union-Tribune, San Diego Magazine, Women’s Radio, and many more. Susan is a facilitator for the Osher Institute’s ‘Ed’-ventures and sits on the committee for KPBS One Book, One San Diego. She holds a Masters in Comparative Literature with an emphasis in German Literature from San Diego State University; her thesis was entitled "The Historicity of Fiction in Holocaust Literature.”
To invite Susan McBeth to speak to your organization or media outlet, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Susan speaks on topics including starting a unique business, using your personal passion as inspiration for your new business endeavor, about Adventures by the book experiences and authors, how to promote your book for publication success, and other custom topics upon request.