Author Joanne Bodin will be at the UNM Bookstore on Saturday, Feb. 9 at noon to speak about and sign copies of her titles "Walking Fish" (Outskirts Press) and "Piggybacked" (Mercury HeartLink). This event is free and open to the public.

"Walking Fish," a 2011 International Book Awards Winner, tells the story of Talia, an eccentric artist living in Corrales, N.M., who, through a quirk of fate, becomes embroiled in an unfolding saga that compels her to revisit her unconventional past, revealing truths that change the lives of everyone involved. This emotionally charged novel delves into the inner worlds of people grappling with the painful paradoxes of life, and like the walking fish, they must find ways to adapt in order to survive.

"Piggybacked," a finalist in the 2012 New Mexico Book Awards, is a collection of poems that evokes universal experiences of beauty, pain, suffering, longing, joy, mirth, dreams, nightmares, and transcends them into the unorthodox worldview of the poet. With thought-provoking imagery, the poems allow delve into the paradoxes of our own human existence. The inspiration for the book came from the author's relationship with her late grandfather, also a poet, and their personal quests for freedom.

Joanne Bodin is a retired teacher of the gifted in Albuquerque. She received her Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum Instruction and Multicultural Teacher Education from the UNM.

The UNM Bookstore is located at 2301 Central Ave. NE at the intersection of Cornell and Central.  Contact Lani Tyler at 277-7473 or for more information.