University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Save the date for 2017!

March 11-12, 2017 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

Save the date for 2018!

March 10-11, 2018 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

Anne Hillerman

Jean Fogelberg

Ms. Hillerman is sponsored by Betty & Peter Bengtson

NYT bestselling mystery author Tony Hillerman’s talented daughter Anne has picked up the mantle and continues the Leaphorn and Chee series. Her debut novel "Spider Woman's Daughter" is also a stunning work in its own right. Released in October, 2013, Anne's book catapulted to the NYT list, debuting at number 10! It received the Spur Award for best novel and the New Mexico/Arizona Book Award as book of the year. Her second in the series "Rock with Wings" spent three weeks on the NYT list, drawing more fans than book one and taking Anne on an extensive tour of the West. Her latest book in the series, "Song of the Lion" is due out April 11, 2017.

Anne is the author of eight non-fiction books including "Tony Hillerman's Landscape: On the Road with Chee and Leaphorn" which she presented to a packed audience at TFOB in 2010. She and photographer Don Strel made numerous road trips to photograph and write about the landscapes beloved by New Mexico's best known mystery writer. Working on that book inspired her novel.

"In the process of researching 'Tony Hillerman's Landscape,' I re-read all of the Chee/Leaphorn mysteries, paying close attention to the settings. I ran into mud, dust storms, rez dogs, snow and those pricelessly beautiful days Tony Hillerman wrote about for more than 35 years," Anne said. "My personal highlights included New Mexico's Bisti badlands, the mysterious landscape near Ship Rock and vast, empty Chaco Canyon." The book received many honors including the 2010 Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Award. It also paved the way for Anne's next books, her best-selling novels.

The eldest of Tony and Marie Hillerman's six children, Anne came to New Mexico as a child and lives in Santa Fe. She is currently at work on the fourth book in the new mystery series. When she isn't working, Anne likes to ski, garden and experiment with new recipes in the kitchen. She is co-creator of the Tony Hillerman Prize for best first novel set in the Southwest and a board member of Western Writers of America.

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Scheduled events:
Western Writers of America Spur Award Winners
Western Writers of America Spur Award winners discuss the past, present, and future of the western in history, fiction, biography, and song.

Modern Languages Room 350 (Seats 318, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Central Mall (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Johnny Boggs, Chris Enss, Anne Hillerman, Craig Johnson, Nancy Plain
Moderator: Kirk Ellis
Anne Hillerman

Clues Unlimited, Booth #443 (Seats 1)
Sun, Mar 12, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Mystery / Thrillers

Author: Anne Hillerman
Southwest Mysteries in Fact and Fiction
Two prominent mystery novelists sit down with an outdoors writer and author of a new true crime narrative to discuss murder and mayhem west of the 100th meridian, and the different ways the Southwest inspires and informs their writing.

UA Mall Tent (Seats 250)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Central Mall (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Anne Hillerman, J. A. Jance, Scott Thybony
Moderator: Christine Wald-Hopkins

Rock With Wings
Mystery / Thrillers
November 2015
ISBN 9780062270528
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
$9.99, INSTORE
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Amazon Best Mystery of 2015Navajo Tribal cops Jim Chee and Bernadette Manuelito, and their mentor, the legendary Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, investigate two perplexing cases in this exciting Southwestern mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Spider Woman’s Daughter. More/less

Spider Woman's Daughter (Leaphorn and Chee)
Mystery / Thrillers
May 2015
ISBN 9780062420589
Paperback, 336 pages
$15.99, INSTORE
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It happened in an instant. After a breakfast with colleagues, Navajo Nation Police Officer Bernadette Manuelito sees a sedan careen into the parking lot and hears a crack of gunfire. More/less

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friend of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management

Key Sponsors

Brucker Trust
Marshall Foundation
Monark Premium Appliance Company
William & Mary Ross Foundation
Western National Parks Association

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