A third generation Californian, and the first in his family to attend college, Buzbee has been writing since age 12 when his father died. In college, he worked in bookstores (Upstart Crow in San Jose, then eventually managing Printers Inc. in Palo Alto). In 1986, he became a sales rep for Chronicle Books in northern California. He earned his MFA from Warren Wilson College. Buzbee is the author of a novel, Fliegelman’s Desire, (1990, Ballantine) and a non-fiction work, The Yellow Lighted Bookshop, (2006, Graywolf). He has been published in Harper’s, Paris Review, Bloomsbury Review, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Gentleman’s Quarterly, among others.
After the Gold Rush has been named a bronze medalist in the 2007 Independent Publisher Book Awards, selected among 2,690 submissions. The IPPY Awards recognize and celebrate the best that the independent press has to offer. The book also was a 2006 ForeWord General Fiction Book of the Year Finalist.