Here you’ll find select video, audio, and print media about Anne, as well as concise biographical information.
Continuing a Legacy
The Tale Teller merges parallel mysteries
“When Anne Hillerman took over the series that made her father, Tony, famous, she gave voice to the female characters in the series, bringing them into the mainstream narrative without taking anything away from the male characters upon whom the series was built. Hillerman wisely left the best parts of her father’s beloved characters’ storylines intact while creating compelling new additions. This time, in The Tale Teller (Harper, $26.99, 320 pages, 9780062391957), three parallel tales merge with unexpected results for each of the three protagonists. Retired cop Joe Leaphorn is investigating a case that the local museum director would like to have cleared up before her imminent retirement, that of a priceless traditional Navajo dress that has gone missing. Leaphorn’s former colleague Jim Chee is involved in an investigation of jewelry thefts, largely of Native American antiques. And Bernadette “Bernie” Manuelito must, somewhat reluctantly, share the stage with the FBI in the investigation of a murder on a popular running trail in the Arizona desert. As is always the case with Hillerman novels (either Tony or Anne), the supernatural is never far from the reader’s mind. Witchcraft and Native American lore permeate the narrative in a way that has appealed to readers for nigh on 50 years, with no end in sight.” (From Whodunit by Bruce Tierney)
Cave of Bones takes readers into the lava field
In her fourth novel, Anne uses a dramatic setting El Malpais, an extensive lava flow that borders the Ramah Navajo reservation. Add reads a section of the book in this brief video.
The Albuquerque Journal gave Cave of Bones a big thumbs up. You can read the review here. And, Anne’s home town paper The Santa Fe New Mexican sat down with her for a little chat. Here’s the interview.
Spider Woman’s Daughter is a hit!
Spider Woman’s Daughter. The book continues the adventures of Navajo officers Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn, and gives Officer Bernadette Manuelito a chance to share the spotlight. Check out the book trailer! The book debuted at Number 10 on the New York times Best seller list and has been a popular read. It is also a finalist for the wonderful Dilys Award, given annually by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association to the mystery titles of the year which the member booksellers have most enjoyed selling.
Anne was honored to be featured in the Santa Fe New Mexican, in an Albuquerque Journal book review and a feature article, the New Mexico Review of Books, and the CostCo Connection newsletter. Here’s a feature story from the Albuuqerque Journal.
Spider Woman’s Daughter wins Spur Award
“I was thrilled to get a call from the president of the esteemed group Western Writers of America letting me know that my mystery was being honored with the 2014 Spur Award for Best First Novel. The award is especially meaningful because I know there were many, many fine books submitted for the honor. And because the Spur was among the awards my Dad treasured the most. You can read more here.
Anne contributes to the re-issue of The Great Taos Bank Robbery
The Great Taos Bank Robbery, Tony Hillerman’s popular book of non-fiction short stories, has been re-issued by the University of New Mexico Press with a new introduction about her father and his work by Anne Hillerman and new photographs by Don Strel. Originally published in 1973, the book features stories that take the reader from a southern New Mexico missile range to Ship Rock and the Navajo reservation. The book covers topics including an uprising of Spanish land grant heirs, a bank robbery that never happened, the aftermath of Zuni’s sacred Shalako ceremony, and the reasons the Navajo love their arid homeland.
“I was honored when UNM asked me to write the introduction for this little gem of a book. It has always been one of my favorites, and it reflects his roots as a journalist.”—AH
- A Cowboys and Indians article on Lieutenant Leaphorn’s Legacy
- An Essay Comparing Anne’s Writing to Her Father’s
- Navajo times story on Rock with Wings
- A Rock with Wings review from Amber Foxx Mysteries
- Here is a Report from Santa Fe interview discussing Rock with Wings.
Anne talks about Cave of Bones on the local NPR affiliate in an interview with Abigail Adler (March, 2018)
A January 2017 interview with Anne on KJSD.
To listen to a Santafe.com interview with Anne click here!
Podcast interview with Kirk Ellis about The New Western
(This program was originally heard on Public Radio station WSMR, in Tampa, St Petersburg and Sarasota, on the West Coast of Florida)
(Top Photo: Jan Grado, Tony Hillerman and Anne at a Wordharvest book signing, Don Strel photo)
Praise for Anne Hillerman
“Hillerman uses the southwestern setting as effectively as her late father did while skillfully combining Native American lore with present-day social issues….Hillerman has a gift for combining history and mystery.” — Publishers Weekly