Anne Hillerman, author "The Sacred Bridge," "Stargazer"

Air Dates: April 30-May 2, 2022

This week's guest on REPORT FROM SANTA FE is Anne Hillerman, award-winning reporter and New York Times best-selling author, discussing her new novel "The Sacred Bridge."

Hillerman's novels include Spider Woman's Daughter, Rock with Wings, Song of the Lion, Cave of Bones,The Tale Teller, and Stargazer. Her newest novel The Sacred Bridge is the seventh 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.

In Hillerman’s newest novel The Sacred Bridge, an ancient mystery resurfaces with ramifications for the present day in this gripping new work.

Anne is also 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.

In 2021, Hillerman was honored to be chosen as the recipient of the prestigious Rounders Award, as an author who “lives, promotes, and articulates the western way of life.” Anne recently was awarded the 2019 Frank Waters Award for Literary Excellence by the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District.

Praise for Anne Hillerman:“I truly love the continuing series of novels by Anne Hillerman featuring Joe Leaphorn, Jim Chee, and Bernadette Manuelito—who are, each in their own way, fictional characters for the ages.” -- Douglas Preston, Bestselling Author

"Anne Hillerman’s taken familiar characters and locations and struck out on a literary legacy all her own.” -- Craig Johnson, author of the Walt Longmire Series