Authors on the Air host Pam Stack welcomes two international best-selling and beloved authors ANNE HILLERMAN AND WILLIAM KENT KRUEGER in conversation.
ABOUT ANNE: Best-selling mystery writer Anne Hillerman has been named the 2019 recipient of the Frank Waters Award by the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District. The award is given annually for literary excellence.
Hillerman, daughter of the late Southwest mystery writer Tony Hillerman, has written books on the food and gardens of Santa Fe, as well as travel guides to her city. She also continued the popular New Mexico mystery series popularized by her father. Tony Hillerman was a Frank Waters honoree in 1998. Anne Hillerman’s fifth Southwest mystery, “Tale Teller,” was released April 9.
ABOUT KENT: Krueger writes a mystery series set in the north woods of Minnesota. His protagonist is Cork O’Connor, the former sheriff of Tamarack County and a man of mixed heritage—part Irish and part Ojibwe. His work has received a number of awards, including the Minnesota Book Award, the Loft-McKnight Fiction Award, the Anthony Award, the Barry Award, the Dilys Award, and the Friends of American Writers Prize. His last nine novels were all New York Times bestsellers.
Ordinary Grace, his stand-alone novel published in 2013, received the Edgar Award, given by the Mystery Writers of America in recognition for the best novel published in that year. The companion novel, This Tender Land, is scheduled for publication in September 2019.
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Anne Hillerman came to New Mexico as a child with her mother, Marie, and her father, Tony Hillerman. She grew up in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, the eldest of the family’s six children. She received a journalism degree from the University of New Mexico and worked as a newspaper reporter, editor and columnist before becoming a full-time author.
She is honored to continue the mystery series Tony Hillerman created. Anne’s debut novel, Spider Woman’s Daughter, follows the further adventures of the characters her father made famous, Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee. It places one of Tony’s supporting characters, officer Bernadette Manuelito, in the spotlight to make the series her own. Released by HarperCollins, the book received the Spur Award from Western Writers of America for the Best First Novel of 2013.
The fifth, The Tale Teller, returns Joe Leaphorn to his role of protagonist and crime solver in a case that has ties to the Navajo’s Long Walk. While Leaphorn is hard at work, Bernie and Chee travel to the Canyon de Chelly/Chinle area to solve an unexplained murder and the theft of an old man’s prized possession.
Anne also is the author of the award-winning Tony Hillerman’s Landscape: On the Road with Chee and Leaphorn, created with husband/photographer Don Strel, and honored as the best photo book of the year by the Mountains and Plains Booksellers.
In addition to working on the next novel, Anne is a director of Wordharvest Writers Workshops, a past board member of Western Writers of America, and a staunch supporter of public libraries.
Anne Hillerman talks about writing the mystery series her father, best selling author Tony Hillerman, created in 1970. The fourth in her re-envisioning of the mysteries, Cave of Bones, debuted as No. 8 on the New York Times best-seller list for combined hardcover and e-book sales. She lives and works in Santa Fe.
Frank Lister is the owner of Time Traveler Maps which creates companion maps for the novels written by Tony and Anne Hillerman. Lister lives in the Mancos Valley.