2:00 pm | SATURDAY JUNE 22
Join us for a reading, slideshow and interactive talk with NY Times best-selling author Anne Hillerman. Anne will discuss her new book, The Tale Teller.
About the Author
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 and delighted to continue the mystery series Tony Hillerman created. The Joe Leaphorn stories began with the publication of The Blessing Way in 1970 and continued through The Shape Shifter in 2006. 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.
About the Author's Most Recent Book
New York Times bestselling author Anne Hillerman brings together modern mystery, Navajo traditions, and the evocative landscape of the desert Southwest in this intriguing fifth entry in the Leaphorn, Chee, and Manuelito series. This time, the Legendary Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn—the character with whom her father Tony Hillerman launched the series—is back as a crime solver.
Like many complicated situations, the problem begins simply enough—a request to help the Navajo Nation Museum track down a missing anonymous donation. The simple request for a favor leads to murder and the disappearance of a valuable historic textile that may —or may not—have been returned to the Navajo Nation. The trail takes Leaphorn to an important old trading post and a town that time has forgotten. Solving the crime brings him face to face with human evil and the power of great love.
Meanwhile, an old friend of officer Bernadette Manuelito’s mother is the victim of a burglary which, as it turns out, has repercussions far beyond his home near the beautiful and sacred Canyon de Chelly. Solving the crime requires Bernie and Sergeant Jim Chee to use both their knowledge of the criminal mind and their well-honed skills of observation and persuasion, and puts them both in jeopardy. Bernie’s sister Darleen, despite her propensity for causing trouble, helps solve the case in an unexpected way.
Anne Hillerman takes readers deep into the heart of the deserts, mountains, and forests of the Navajo Nation and calls attention to a powerful, painful and pivotal episode in the history of the Navajo and their dealings with the U.S. government.