Taos author Summer Wood is at the UNM Bookstore Tuesday, May 3 at noon to speak and sign copies of her new novel Wrecker (Bloomsbury). This event is open to the public.

After unexpectedly foster-parenting four young siblings, Wood tried to imagine a place where kids like these would find the love and the family they deserved. For her, that world is realized through a boy named Wrecker. It's 1965 when Wrecker enters the world, and Lisa Fay, his birth mother, is knocked nearly sideways by life as a single mother in a city she could barely manage to navigate on her own. Three years later, she's in prison and Wrecker, scared and angry, is sent to live with distant relatives in the wilds of Humboldt County, Calif. Wrecker is the story of this nearly-broken boy and the motley group of isolated eccentrics who come together to raise him and become a family along the way.

Wood is the author of Arroyo (Chronicle Books, 2001). In 2007 she received the Gift of Freedom Award from A Room of Her Own Foundation for her work on Wrecker. She teaches writing at the University of New Mexico's Taos Summer Writers' Conference, and in 2009 she directed the first NEA/Taos Big Read. She has lived with her family in Taos for the past 20 years.

The UNM Bookstore is located at 2301 Central Ave. NE at the intersection of Cornell and Central. Parking will be validated in the parking structure for up to one hour with purchase. Please call Lisa Walden at 505-277-7494 for more information.