Anne Hillerman, author "Stargazer, "Spider Woman's Daughter""

Air Dates: May 8-10, 2021

 This week's guest on REPORT FROM SANTA FE is Anne Hillerman, award-winning reporter, and New York Times best-selling author. Anne recently was awarded the 2019 Frank Waters Award for Literary Excellence by the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District.

Hillerman's novels include Spider Woman's Daughter, Rock with Wings, Song of the Lion, Cave of Bones, and The Tale Teller. Her newest novel Stargazer is the sixth Bernadette Manuelito mystery, written in the spirit of continuing the legacy of her father Tony Hillerman's best-selling Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee novels, set in Navajo Country, which began in 1970.

While honored and delighted to continue this mystery series, in her own work Anne has expanded the role of female Navajo policewoman Bernadette Manuelito from her father's books. Bernadette is now a major character who excels in sleuthing and crime-solving and provides insights into Navajo life, history, culture, religion, and art.

Hillerman’s newest novel Stargazer incorporates some basics of Navajo astronomy and cosmology, as well as aspects of modern science including New Mexico’s Very Large Array radio telescopes. Murder, deception, Navajo tradition, and the stars all collide in a way that makes Stargazer a captivating read.

Anne also is the author of the award-winning Tony Hillerman’s Landscape: On the Road with Chee and Leaphorn, created with her husband photographer Don Strel, and honored as the best photo book of the year by the Mountains and Plains Booksellers.

Praise for Anne Hillerman:

"A must-read for anyone who loved the great Tony Hillerman novels."-- Douglas Preston, #1 New York Times best-selling author

“A worthy continuation of Tony Hillerman’s Leaphorn & Chee series. Anne ably returns to Navajo Country in a colorful mystery that is both fascinating and vividly compelling.” -- David Morrell, N.Y.Times bestselling author of “Murder as a Fine Art” & “First Blood” (Rambo)