Tony Hillerman’s Legacy

Wednesday Apr 18, 2018

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Author Anne Hillerman discusses her newest work, Cave of Bones, with a book signing after.

The spring Willard Lecture will be given by Anne Hillerman, daughter of author and former UNM faculty member Tony Hillerman, on Apr 18 at 6:30 pm in the West Wing of Zimmerman Library. A booksigning will follow.

Tony Hillerman (1925–2008), was the author of 29 books, including the popular 18-book mystery series featuring Navajo police officers Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn. Hillerman’s mystery novels takes place in and around the Navajo Reservation in northeastern Arizona and northwestern New Mexico. These novels describe people, both Native and non-Native, struggling to maintain traditions in the modern world. His writing, so rich with ethnographic and anthropological materials, garnered Hillerman accolades from around the world, both as an award-winning author of detective fiction as well as a perceptive and active supporter of Native American rights. 

Anne Hillerman is delighted to continue the mystery series her father, the best-selling author Tony Hillerman, created beginning in 1970. Anne's newest novel is Cave of Bones, debuting in April 2018 and takes Tribal Police Officer Bernadette Manuelito to an outdoor character building program for at-risk teens where she discovers chaos after a young girl finds a human skeleton.  This is the fourth book in the mystery series by Anne Hillerman following Spider Woman’s Daughter, Rock with Wings and Song of the Lion. 

Anne also is the author of Tony Hillerman's Landscape: On the Road with Chee and Leaphorn with husband/photographer Don Strel. In collaboration with St. Martin’s Press she established The Tony Hillerman Prize for best first mystery novel set in the Southwest.