June 8, 2011
Self Publishing Author Spotlight: Award-Winning Author Joanne Bodin
Book Signing on January 9, 2011

On January 9, 2011, self-publishing Outskirts Press author, Joanne Bodin, held a book signing at the Albuquerque Art Museum. At the event, she was able to sell and promote her book, Walking Fish. Over 100 people attended this event.


Joanne Bodin, Ph.D., is a retired teacher of the gifted in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She received her Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum Instruction and Multicultural Teacher Education. She co-authored a book, Step By Step Storytelling; A Narrative Language Curriculum, which has been used in the Albuquerque Public Schools by speech/language pathologists for language delayed learners. She plays jazz piano, is working on a book of her collected works of poetry, and loves watercolor painting.


Recently, Joanne’s writing career was jump-started. She was announced as a winner in two categories of the International Book Awards — Fiction: Lesbian/Gay and Best New Fiction.

Here’s what Joanne has to say about winning the award and her Outskirts Press publishing experience:

“When I got an email last week that I had WON in two categories for the International Book Awards, I almost went into shock. I meticulously scanned the list of winners to make sure it was really my name, my book, my ISBN. Then, the next thing I did, was notify Outskirts Press to thank them. Only eight months ago, the first box of ten free copies of my completed novel, WALKING FISH, arrived at my doorstep. I couldn’t wait to open the box, touch each book, and lay them out on the dining room table. I savored that moment -of seeing a seven year project turn into a reality. And now, only eight months later, who would have imagined that I’d be an International Book Award winner in not one, but two categories. I first heard about Outskirts Press a couple of years ago, through SouthWest Writers in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I have been involved with SWW for a number of years on their board of directors. Some of our members had already published through Outskirts and I noticed that the quality of Outskirts’ books outshined some of the traditional publishers. When I was ready to publish my novel, I decided on Outskirts and it was the best thing I could have done. Because they are a “full-service” publishing company, they were able to offer two components that I found invaluable: a professional editor, and a book cover designer. Outskirts has managed to maintain high standards in the world of self-publishing, and their product certainly reflects their dedication to the literary community.”


ABOUT JOANNE’S BOOK
Title: Walking Fish
ISBN: 9781432761981
Price: $15.95

Summary: Talia, an eccentric artist, lives in the quaint town of Corrales, New Mexico with her partner, Renie. For the past twenty years on December 15, Talia has lit a candle to mark the day she had to leave California to start a new life, leaving behind her five year old daughter, Sophie. But, through a quirk of fate, Talia is catapulted into an unfolding saga that compels her to revisit her unconventional past, revealing truths that change the lives of everyone involved. This provocative, emotionally charged novel delves into the inner worlds of people grappling with painful paradoxes of life, and like the walking fish, they must find ways to adapt in order to survive.

Joanne Bodin holding her novel, Walking Fish.


by Joanne Bodin

December 4, 2010
SouthWest Writers Mega Book Sale Book Fair New Life Presbyterian Church- 5540 Eubank Blvd.

1-4pm.

Over 30 SWW authors displayed, signed and sold their books.


www.southwesterners.com

January 9, 2011
Book Launch for WALKING FISH was held at the Albuquerque Art Museum. Over 100 people attended the event and a jazz band played while the author signed copies of her novel.

May 14, 2011
Radio interview on KUNM Women's Focus

a novel

Book Events/Book Reviews

May 15, 2011
Book signing at Alamosa Books, Albuquerque, NM 
2-4pm.
Joanne Bodin and Stewart Warren sign and read from their respective works.

February 26, 2011
Book Signing at Sunflower Market at Coors and Alameda.  11am-3pm inside the store.
See Book Tour link at
http://booktour.com/authors/show/31643?ref=21073

June 5, 2011
Book Signing/fundraiser at the Mark Twain Library in Redding, Connecticut
Contact:  June April
Lrobi69065@aol.com or
(203)  938-3870
(for immediate release)

Tea(s) and Talk: booking-signing June 5 by award-winning New Mexican novelist


Joanne Bodin, two-time winner of 2011 International Book Awards for her novel "Walking Fish," will speak at the Redding Community Center on Sunday, June 5th from 4-6 p.m. She will explore how a mere spark of an idea can actually become a novel, the route of self-publishing, how to avoid writer's isolation syndrome and the importance of an editor.
 
Admission is free, but reservations are required. Please call  June April at (203) 938-3870 by June 3. There will free tea(s) to taste from Brookfield's Simpson & Vail, with a request that people bring their own mug or cup to keep in the spirit of "green-thinking." Bringing an appetizer related item would also be appreciated. What that might be would be shared when making your reservation. An added dimension to the book-signing will be musical; featuring the piano talents of Ridgefield composer-performer Joshua Cipolla.


Joanne Bodin's Doctorate in Philosophy was in Curriculum Instruction and Multicultural Teacher Education. She also co-authored "Step by Step Storytelling:  A Narrative Language Curriculum" used extensively by speech-language pathologists for language-delayed learners in the public schools of Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she taught gifted students. Dr. Bodin is now retired, allowing more time for playing jazz piano, writing (published) poetry
and caring for her many orchid plants and two dogs. The response to her book has been explosive, with many interviews and book-signings. All this, and more, is on her website 
www.walkingfishnovel.com Questions and discussion are welcomed and encouraged.
 
June 5 also is an opportunity to a make tax deductible donation to Twain's Connecticut, a website/project that former Redding resident, Brent Colley created and has been working-on for years, sans any remuneration. This would be gratefully appreciated. Brent has done extensive research and found over 57 Twain connections in Connecticut, especially in Redding where the iconic American author and humorist built a home and resided therein until his death.
 
The Redding Community Center is located at 37 Lonetown Road, 06896. There is a sign by the driveway. It is situated behind and below Redding Elementary School. There is ample parking.

BOOK REVIEW: FOREWARD MAGAZINE
February 23, 2011

WALKING FISH: A NOVEL 
Genre: Fiction
Author: Joanne Bodin
Publisher: Outskirts Press
ISBN: 9781432761981


On the surface, Walking Fish is the story of a woman’s journey to reconnect with her estranged daughter. The novel focuses heavily on the universal experience of loss as the reader is shown glimpses into the lives of characters with beleaguered pasts. Bodin’s protagonist, Talia, dreams of the walking fish, an image that well represents the book’s characters, all of whom find themselves in situations where the need to adapt to new environments is crucial to their development. When Talia discovers that an erstwhile acquaintance may be the biological grandfather of her longtime partner’s grandson, she must choose to put their interests before her own and confront memories of circumstances that led to her being labeled an unfit mother. Walking Fish could have easily taken a turn for the histrionic, but Bodin manages to avert the melodrama that saturates films dealing with like subjects. As the knowing Talia reflects on her life, “It all seemed so insidious, so melodramatic, like an episode out of a daytime television soap opera," so Bodin does not fall prey to the allure of sensationalism.


This accessible novel will engage a general audience, but Baby Boomers may find themselves more adept in reading between the lines. Bodin's academic backgrounds in philosophy and education shine through as the text proves even more fulfilling for the  existential questions it raises than for the story itself. The author addresses many modern issues, including psychological labeling. When a character who's a college student explains that she has autism and obsessive compulsive disorder, the reader is privy to a truly contemporary response by the aforementioned young man: "OCD. She has OCD just like me." Here Bodin raises the correlation between labeling and identity formation, asking the reader to question many aspects of our society, which further adds to the richness of the text. The notion of a walking fish is a call to action for characters that need to generate major change in their lives. Coping with loss allows the novel's characters to achieve personal growth as they learn to accept their situations. What remains is the choice to adapt. 

Mark Danowski, Foreword Magazine 2/23/11

Walking Fish



October 2, 2011
New Mexico Women Author's Book Fair Palace of the Governor's, Santa Fe, NM

Publishers Panel Santa Fe: Women Author’s Book Festival 2011

List of Women Authors Participating


Anne Hillerman - Gardens of Santa Fe
Anne Valley-Fox - Reading and Questions
Annette Spelman - Reading from The Fountain that Uncle John Built
Barbara Berkenfield - Reading and Memoires, Reflections and Earth Connections
Barbara Rockman - Reading and Women Write Into and Beyond Motherhood
Bethany Mackin Baxter - Reading and Presentation on "wo Sons: A Novel Based on Misperceptions
Carolyn A. Neeper - Changes in the World of Publishing - 1975 to 2011
Catherine A. Allen - Rebooting Your Life
Catherine Wanek -The Hybrid House: Top Ten Energy-Saving Building Strategies
Cherie Burns - Searching for Millicent Rogers
Colleen Carias/Katherine Sluja/Laurie Hilton - Reading from Braided Voices
Dana Levin - Reading and Presentation
Demetria Martinez and Rosalee Montoya-Read - Reading from Grandpa`s Magic Tortilla
Diane Smith - Reading from Big Bunny Adventures
Diane Thomas - Fictionalizing Elvis
Dodici Azpadu - Creating Fictional Mothers
Dolores Valdez de Pong - Original Children's Songs and Plays about the History, Culture and Geography of New Mexico
Elizabeth Robechek - The Heart Centered Garden
Elizabth Raby - A reading - Poems in the Wheel of the Year
Giovanna Paponetti - Who is Kateri Tekakwitha?
Hadley Finch - Journey from Lost Love to the Fire of Love with Support from a Tribe of Blondes
Jaima Chevalier - She Came From Beyond: Exploring Our Lady of Peace in New Mexico Iconography
Janet K. Brennan - Reading from her novels
Jeanne Simonoff - Reading from Memoir: Saving Myself
Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw - The Birth of a Picture Book
Jo-Ann Mapson - Reading from Work in Progress
Joanne Bodin - From Inception to Completion: A Writer's Journey
Judith McLaughlin - Women of New Mexico's Frontier Women of Tradition: Heritage of Faith
Judith Van Gieson - How Books Live On
Karen Taschek - Reading from current novel: The Risen Horse
Laurie Franz, Lesley King, Marti Niman - Scenic Journey: Establishing a Byway, Creating A Book
Lisa Bear Goldman - Reading from The Proud Little Burro
Loretta Hall - The Mercury Program's Women Astronauts (Not)
Lori Romero - Reading and The Shadow Life
Lynne Hinton - Reading, Pie Town
Maggi A. Petton - How I Tried NOT to Write This Novel
Marcia Keegan - Photographing Four Generations of Pueblo People
Marie Romero Cash - Reading from Current Work
Marilyn J. Mason - An Ethos of Commitment in a Constantly Changing World
Marrilyn Stablien: The Joy of Memoir: Living and Recording the Creative Life
Meg Tuite - Reading from Domestic Apparition
Pat Shapiro - The Journey Home to Your True Self

Publishers Forum
Renee Gregorio, Joan Logghe, Miriam Sagan - Reading from Love & Death - Greatest Hits
Roberta Price - The Legacy of the Rural Counterculture in Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado
Sallie Bingham - Writing for the Majority: Fiction That Matters
Sandi Wright - Reading from The Adventures of Santa Fe Sam
Sandra K Toro - Jews in the Sixteenth Century: From Expulsion to Shylock
Sarah H Baker - The New Face of Audio Books in New Mexico
Sharon Niederman - New Mexico's Tasty Traditions: Revelations on the Road
Shelby Tisdale - Joyce Begay-Foss - Spider Woman's Gift
Susan Gardner - Reading from new memoir Drawing the Line
Susan McDuffie - Timeless Motive, Historic Settings: The Joys and Pitfalls of Writing Historical Mysteries
Suzy McKee Carnas - Reading from The Kingdom of Kevin Malone
Valentine McKay-Riddell, Ph.D. - Real Magic: The River Goddess and other stories
Valerie Martinez - Poetry Reading
Valerie Nye & Kathy Barco - True Stories of Censorships Battles in American Libraries
Valerie Stocking -Writing a Mystery
Valerie Storey - Book Trailers: How and Why You Need One
Veronica Golos - Witness Poetry: The Art of Protest and Remembering
Victoria Rogers - A Contemporary Look at Old Architecture
Voices of New Mexico Authors - 20 Writers Celebrating New Mexico
Zelda Leah Gatuskin - Reading from Newest Work and discussing The Long Languishing Novel

More info on the Women Authors Festival will be posted on the NM Creates website at http://newmexicocreates.org in the near future.

Press Release

Artist must adapt to painful paradoxes of life in Walking Fish, published by Outskirts Press

Outskirts Press announces the latest highly anticipated literary fiction book from Albuquerque, NM, author Joanne Bodin.


PRLog (Press Release) – Oct 26, 2010 – Outskirts Press, Inc. has published Walking Fish: A Novel by Joanne Bodin. The author's most recent book to date is a 5.5 x 8.5 paperback in the literary fiction category and is available worldwide on book retailer websites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The webpage at www.outskirtspress.com/walkingfishnovel was launched simultaneously with the book's publication.


Talia, an eccentric artist, lives in the quaint town of Corrales, New Mexico with her partner, Renie. For the past twenty years, on December 15th Talia has lit a candle to mark the day she had to leave California to start a new life and leave behind her five year old daughter, Sophie. Through a quirk of fate, Talia is catapulted into an unfolding saga that compels her to revisit her unconventional past, revealing truths that change the lives of everyone involved.  

This provocative, emotionally charged novel delves into the inner worlds of people grappling with painful paradoxes of life, and like the walking fish, they must find ways to adapt in order to survive.


“I savored the complex and surprising inter-relationships of these families, each unusual (but believable), as the characters, risking the dangers of change and the necessity of testing experiences, move out of their native elements to find ultimately satisfying resolutions where doors are open into the new and unfamiliar.”
- Phyllis Hoge Thompson, poet, and author of The Painted Clock: Memoirs Of A New Mexico Ghost Town Bride.

“Joanne Bodin’s tale of a woman reinventing herself and taking charge of her life is a balm for the soul.”
- Sean Murphy, author of The Hope Valley Hubcap King and The Time of New Weather. www.murphyzen.com.

208 pages in length, Walking Fish: A Novel is being aggressively promoted to appropriate markets with a focus on the literary fiction category.  With U.S. wholesale distribution through Ingram and Baker & Taylor, and pervasive online availability through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and elsewhere, Walking Fish meets consumer demand through both retail and library markets with a suggested retail price of $15.95.

Additionally, Walking Fish can be ordered by retailers or wholesalers for the maximum trade discount price set by the author in quantities of ten or more from the Outskirts Press Direct bookstore at 
www.outskirtspress.com/bookstore.
ISBN: 9781432761981 Format: 5.5 x 8.5 paperback white  SRP: $15.95


For more information or to contact the author, visit www.outskirtspress.com/walkingfishnovel.

About the author:

Joanne Bodin, Ph.D., is a retired teacher of the gifted in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She received her Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum Instruction and Multicultural Teacher Education. She co-authored a book, Step By Step Storytelling: A Narrative Language Curriculum, which has been used in the Albuquerque Public Schools by speech/language pathologists for language delayed learners. She plays jazz piano, is working on a book of her collected works of poetry, and loves watercolor painting. She can be contacted at 
www.walkingfishnovel.com or at jbodinauthor@gmail.com




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