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Anne Hillerman is The New York Times best-selling author of the Leaphorn/Chee/Manuelito mysteries. After many years as a newspaper and magazine reporter, editor and columnist, she began to write nonfiction books. Her first efforts focused on travel, restaurants and New Mexico points of interest. She and photographer Don Strel created the award-winning "Tony Hillerman’s Landscape," capturing in words and pictures the places her father wrote about in his many years of Leaphorn/Chee mysteries. In preparation for writing that nonfiction book, Hillerman closely re-read each of her father’s 19 Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee mysteries, a labor of joy which prepared her to launch a new career as a novelist after Tony’s death.
She published her first mystery, "Spider Woman’s Daughter," in 2013 and was surprised and delighted that it debuted on The New York Times top-ten best-seller list and received numerous awards. She deeply appreciates the welcome reception the fans of Tony Hillerman gave her and her lead detective, Bernadette Manuelito. Her eighth novel, and the 26th book in the series, "The Way of the Bear," received top honors from Southwest Book Awards and was a finalist as best mystery and best crime fiction. She looks forward to the celebration of her next mystery, "Lost Birds," arriving in April 2024, from Harper Collins.
Her work has been praised for adding contemporary touches to the Hillerman series, including a strong woman protagonist, Navajo Officer Bernadette Manuelito. All of Hillerman's books are New York Times best-sellers. AMC's popular "Dark Winds" television series is based on the Hillerman books.
The eldest of Tony and Marie Hillerman's six children, Hilerman grew up in Santa Fe, N.M., and Albuquerque, N.M., and graduated from the University of New Mexico. She now lives in Santa Fe, N.M., and Tucson, Ariz., and has a deep passion for public libraries and programs that help people of all ages and backgrounds learn to read.
Awards: Southwest Book Design and Production Award 2023 & 2023; Spur Award for Best Novel; New Mexico/Arizona Book Award for Best Book of the Year, and Best Mystery and Crime Fiction; Rounders Award Presented by the NM Secretary of Agriculture, New Mexico Representative at the National Festival of the Book , Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., Frank Waters Award for contributions to Southwestern Literature, Oklahoma Native Daughter Award, Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Award.
Communities: Arizona Author, Tucsonan, Long-time New Mexican with a home in Santa Fe