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Lewis Buzbee

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in San Jose, California, The United States


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Lewis Buzbee is a fourth generation California native who began writing at the age of 15, after reading the first chapter of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. Since then he’s been a dishwasher, a bookseller, a publisher, a caterer, a bartender, and a teacher of writing. He and his wife, the poet Julie Bruck, live with their daughter Maddy in San Francisco, just half a block from Golden Gate Park. His books for adults include The Yellow Lighted Bookshop, Fliegelman’s Desire, After the Gold Rush, and First to Leave Before the Sun.

His first novel for middle grade readers, Steinbeck’s Ghost, was published in 2008 by Feiwel and Friends and was selected for these honors: a Smithsonian Notable Book, a Northern California Book Award Nominee, th

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The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop...

3.82 avg rating — 2,507 ratings — published 2002 — 7 editions
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Steinbeck's Ghost

3.64 avg rating — 325 ratings — published 2008 — 16 editions
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The Haunting of Charles Dic...

3.60 avg rating — 288 ratings — published 2009 — 15 editions
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Bridge of Time

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Blackboard: A Personal Hist...

3.56 avg rating — 81 ratings — published 2014 — 5 editions
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After the Gold Rush

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Fliegelman's Desire

3.64 avg rating — 11 ratings — published 1990 — 2 editions
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First to Leave Before the Sun

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Your Impossible Voice #2

4.50 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 2013
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“How do you press a wildflower into the pages of an e-book?”
Lewis Buzbee, The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop: A Memoir, a History

“My bookstore obsession grew to the point where I'd search for new shops during family trips, as though that were the reason for our travel.”
Lewis Buzbee, The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop: A Memoir, a History

“The books of our childhood offer a vivid door to our own pasts, and not necessarily for the stories we read there, but for the memories of where we were and who we were when we were reading them; to remember a book is to remember the child who read that book.”
Lewis Buzbee, The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop: A Memoir, a History



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“Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.”
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

“The prime function of the children's book writer is to write a book that is so absorbing, exciting, funny, fast and beautiful that the child will fall in love with it. And that first love affair between the young child and the young book will lead hopefully to other loves for other books and when that happens the battle is probably won. The child will have found a crock of gold. He will also have gained something that will help to carry him most marvelously through the tangles of his later years.
Roald Dahl”
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“When you're writing a book, it's rather like going on a very long walk, across valleys and mountains and things, and you get the first view of what you see and you write it down. Then you walk a bit further, maybe up onto the top of a hill, and you see something else. Then you write that and you go on like that, day after day, getting different views of the same landscape really. The highest mountain on the walk is obviously the end of the book, because it's got to be the best view of all, when everything comes together and you can look back and see that everything you've done all ties up. But it's a very, very long, slow process.”
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Stephanie Fitzgerald Thanks, Lewis!😃

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