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Twelve Authors! Charlottesville’s 2016 LOCAL AUTHOR BOOK FAIR

I am happy to announce that I am part of the 2016 LOCAL AUTHOR BOOK FAIR hosted by Writer House, 508 Dale Avenue, Charlottesville, next to Bodo’s on Preston.  Sunday, December 4th, 1 pm – 4 pm.


2016 Charlottesville Local Author Book Fair Titles and Authors

  • A Place Where Sunflowers Grow by Amy Lee-Tai. Mari and her family are interned at Topaz along with thousands or other Japanese Americans during WWII. Her art class has begun, but it’s hard to think of anything to draw in a place where nothing beautiful grows. Somehow, glimmers of hope begin to surface under the harsh sun — in the eyes of a kindly art teacher, in the tender words of Mari’s parents, and in the smile of a new friend.
  • FLOAT: Becoming Unstuck for Writers by A M Carley. Becoming Unstuck: Trust yourself. Use simple tools. Honor your wisdom. Connect with the clan of writers. Find your strength. FLOAT.
  • For Love of the Land by Mary Buford Hitz. This beautiful coffee table book has many photos of Wintergreen’s spectacular natural beauty, the construction process involving engineering miracles, the people who originally envisioned a four-season resort, and those who had a hand in making it happen. The narrative traces the ups and downs, the moments of near panic, and the ways in which preservation of the environment was a goal of its developers long before environmental impact statements were required. The book price is $49.95, and funds from its purchase go to the Nature Foundation at Wintergreen.
  • Il Bel Centro: A Year in the Beautiful Center by Michelle Damiani. Named one of Huffington Posts ‘Ten Fascinating Books about Living in a Foreign Country”, Il Bel Centro: A Year in the Beautiful Center is the story of Michelle Damiani’s year in an Italian village with her husband, three children, and two cats. Part searingly honest memoir and part celebration of Umbrian life, Il Bel Centro sweeps readers into the heart of Italy.
  • Kingsley by Carolyn O’Neal. After colony collapse disorder finishes off the bees, a pandemic emerges attacking everyone with a Y-Chromosome, both human and animal. Kingsley has more to lose than video games and the attention of the girl he loves.   Can an unscrupulous mother and a spirited girl save the last boy on earth?  Fans of dystopian fiction and eco-thrillers (The Hunger Games, The MaddAddam Trilogy) will love KINGSLEY.
  • The Girl Who Carried Too Much Stuff by Marc Boston. The tale of a little girl who loves to collect things! Not only does she collect them, but she gathers up as many of her possessions as she can hold, (stuffed animals, books, and toys) and carries them around with her whenever she leaves her home. But she soon runs into trouble when she decides to embark on an afternoon outing to the neighborhood park. She finds that lugging around too much stuff may not be as much fun, or as necessary as thought. This delightful children’s story touches on the issues we face in society with regard to overconsumption and materialism, demonstrating that the ideas of caring and sharing can ultimately be more fulfilling.
  • The Other Side of Hope by R.F. Dunham. In 732 A.D., an army of the Umayyad Caliphate led by Abdul Rahman Al Ghafiqi pressed north from Spain into France. It was opposed by Charles Martel at Tours but Al Ghafiqi crushed Martel and continued to advance into Christian Europe.

1,300 years later, Islam is the dominant force in the world and some fringe Christian groups have resorted to violence. The wealthy Muslim East and the poverty-stricken Christian West are constantly at odds. A single spark is all it takes to ignite fresh conflict and the cycle seems never-ending.

Ethan Lewis and Hamid Damir couldn’t be more different. One Christian, one Muslim. One poor, one successful. But when their worlds erupt in war, they just might find that they share more than they think. Will they find hope for a brighter future or be lost in the despair of intractable conflict?

  • The Preschool Parent Primer, by Pamela Evans is a conversation about many issues that concern parents including: what to look for in a preschool; how to develop a positive parent-teacher relationship; what normal behavior for a particular age looks like; the importance of routines, socialization, regular sleep, and more.
  • The Scary Mary Series by S.A. Hunter. Mary Hellick has been a freak all her life. Hearing ghosts sets her apart from all of the other teens, but what makes her different may be the only thing that can save the day. From violent ghosts to terrifying shadow monsters, Mary faces it all and kicks serious butt. Scamming Death, the fifth book in The Scary Mary Series is out now.
  • The Third Girl by Nell Goddin. A missing girl. An amateur sleuth. And a whole lot of croissants. Meet Molly Sutton, recently divorced and ready for a new life, who moves to the village of Castillac in France to open a B&B. She’s looking for peace, pastry, and beautiful gardens—an altogether slower life than the one she’d had in Boston. But you know what they say about the best intentions….

Molly has barely gotten over jet-lag when she hears about a local student’s disappearance. In between getting her ramshackle house in order and digging into French food, Molly ends up embroiled in the case, along with the gendarmes of Castillac. And unlike the Nancy Drews she loved as a child, this mystery is complex, stirring up emotions she thought had been put to rest and terrifying the beloved residents of her adopted village.

  • The Yellow Scarf by Phyllis A. Duncan. A year after being medevacked from the disintegrating Yugoslavia, U.N. spy Mai Fisher is back on a new mission: investigating sniper activity in Sarajevo. With the help of freelance reporter, Zachary Holbrook, she succeeds in finding the evidence she needs, but when her focus on her mission costs a life, it’s her partner–and husband–Alexei Bukharin who understands in the Balkans sometimes vengeance is the only option.
  • Warming by William Espinosa. The human race is focused but divided on how to deal with the threatening, ecological legacy of the twentieth century. Calls for a strong, centralized response mount but skeptics of institutional power seek another way. Against this backdrop, four young activists are brushed by the deaths of a prominent Brazilian healer, a female Palestinian peace activist and a Peruvian community organizer. The four find themselves suspects in a high-stakes game and connected with each other in unexpected ways. Woven throughout the story are an Irish-Pakistani mystic who communes with whales, UNINTEL (the UN Intelligence and Law Enforcement Agency), a Mayan magus, and EROE (the Electronic Record of Everything), a massive data base of the times. Themes of power, politics, self-discovery, spirit and nature are explored in a plausible near-future. Seductions, surveillance, kidnappings and renditions unfold as part of a global plot with opaque aims and an unexpected end.


This book didn’t start like the others

A history of Wintergreen

For Love of the Land did not come into being the usual way, with the author getting an idea in her head and then deciding to write a book. This book came about through serendipity. Don Faulkner, a successful real estate agent in the 1960’s and a visionary who loved the beauty of mountain land, was talking on the telephone to my sister-in-law, Berta Bocock, in 2013, wondering aloud about looking for a writer to write the history of Wintergreen.

Don was one of a group of five men with intimate and long-standing knowledge about how Wintergreen came to be. They had already done extensive interviews, and were looking for a writer who was familiar with the area, and familiar, too, with the unique, conservation-minded approach to development that guided those who created Wintergreen.

“Who should we ask to write it?” Don asked Berta.

The author and her eldest daughter on top of the mountain for a picnic on a windy evening.
The author and her daughter Eliza on top of the mountain for a picnic on a windy evening.

Only an old friend could answer as Berta did. “Who do you think, dumb bunny, Mary Buford is sitting right under your nose!” I had known Don growing up, as he was a good friend of my brother, Fred Bocock.

I was raised in Richmond, daughter of Elisabeth Scott Bocock, an early conservationist and environmentalist. I had written a book about her, Never Ask Permission, and another book, Riding to Camille, about horseback riders caught on a three-day pack trip in the Blue Ridge Mountains in August of 1969, when the backlash of Hurricane Camille devastated parts of Nelson County.

This book was a novel, but it was based on historical fact. This became useful, as the damage done by Camille destroyed the tax base of Nelson County, making the planners and county supervisors more open to the idea of the huge, ambitious new resort being planned on top of the mountain.

Luckily for me, the seed Berta planted took, and Doug Coleman, head of the Nature Foundation at Wintergreen, came to see me along with Don. I signed up, and they agreed to line up sponsors who would pay to have the writing done and the book published.

More to come…

“For Love of the Land”, a full-color hardcover history of one of the first environmentally conscious developments in the country, will debut at an Open House at Wintergreen on Memorial Day Weekend. For more information, including how to purchase the book after June 1, please visit the Nature Foundation at Wintergreen website,

A Kickstarter Thank You

I am grateful to you for making the Riding To Camille audiobook a reality!

The next steps are under way:

  • I am working with Rebekkah Hilgraves in New York to record the audio
  • Then the files will be formatted for Amazon and Audible
  • I’ll be sending out campaign rewards, including the audiobook, in December (or getting in touch with you to set times and dates for your special rewards)
  • The audiobook will be available alongside the paperback and ebook on my page on Amazon

So, you will be hearing from me next week – in the form of a Kickstarter “survey” – so I may collect the information I need to send you, or schedule, your goodies. Once ready, they will be on their way to you!

Again, many thanks.

My best,


Kickstarter Thank You – Final Few Days!

Thank you to everyone who has made the Riding To Camille audiobook Kickstarter a huge success with less than a week to go!

The Page Peyton original oil paintings of Nelson County, tea & horses at the Hunt Country Store, and all kinds of horse gear from Dover Saddlery have been hits, selling fast or just selling out. And of course, the support for the audiobook itself has been wonderful. Mary Buford is looking forward to getting started with voice over artist Rebekkah Hilgraves on the audiobook version of Riding To Camille.

If you have not yet had the chance to visit the Riding To Camille audiobook Kickstarter, this week is your last chance. Please head over before midnight on Friday 10/17 to enjoy the story behind the book, a video of the author and her fiery horse Miss Maddie, and the opportunity to pick up some of the great local goodies before they are gone.

The audiobook will be available on but don’t wait, be the first to get it by supporting the Kickstarter campaign before the opportunity slips away!

Thank you!
Mary Buford

Join the Kickstarter Fun with Mary Buford

Hello Friends,
I’m doing something exciting and would like you to be part of the fun too. I extend to you my personal invitation to participate in the Riding to Camille audiobook Kickstarter campaign. With your help we will create a wonderful audiobook version of  this love story on horseback, set in one of Virginia’s most catastrophic storms.

Preorder your copy of the Riding To Camille audiobook before 10/17 on Kickstarter.

There are special Kickstarter-only prices and rewards. Several have already sold out, but you may still enjoy:

  • Original Page Peyton oil paintings of Nelson County
  • Horse gear from Dover Saddlery
  • A manuscript analysis by Mary Buford
  • And, of course, the audiobook of Riding To Camille, narrated by actress Rebekkah Hilgraves

Check out the campaign for all of the details. Thank you!