Anne Hillerman's debut novel, Spider Woman's Daughter, is a mystery set in the Southwest, including the Navajo Nation and Santa Fe. The book follows the further adventures of the characters Tony Hillerman made famous: Jim Chee, Joe Leaphorn and Bernadette Manuelito. The novel, released by HarperCollins, received the Spur Award from Western Writers of America for the Best First Novel of 2013. Anne also is the author of the award-winning Tony Hillerman's Landscape: On the Road with Chee and Leaphorn and eight other books.
Together with husband/photographer Don Strel, she worked on a project with the University of New Mexico Press---an introduction and new photographs for a re-issue of mystery giant Tony Hillerman's book of non-fiction essays, The Great Taos Bank Robbery. In her introduction, Anne talks about growing up as one of Hillerman's six children. She and Don also collaborated on Gardens of Santa Fe, which was a finalist for the prestigious Eric Hoffer Award, as well as earning a New Mexico Book Award and first place honors from the National Federation of Press Women and New Mexico Press Women. The duo presents on their books frequently. Tony Hillerman's Landscape had received many awards and was honored as the best photo book of 2010 by the Mountains and Plains Booksellers.
Anne's other books also include: Santa Fe Flavors: Best Restaurants and Recipes (winner of the 2009 New Mexico Book Award), The Insider's Guide to Santa Fe, Children's Guide to Santa Fe, Done in the Sun, and Ride the Wind: USA to Africa.
In more than twenty years as a journalist, she worked as editorial page editor for the Albuquerque Journal North and the Santa Fe New Mexican, and as an arts editor for both papers.
Since 2001, Anne has been the Northern New Mexico food critic for the Albuquerque Journal, New Mexico's largest newspaper. She writes about a different restaurant each week; you can catch her reviews each Friday in the "Venue" section. Her job takes her to Four Star food palaces and tasty little dives, up to Espanola and Taos and out Cerrillos and Madrid way. Her reviews have won first place honors from the National Federation of Press Women. Her book Santa Fe Flavors grew from this experience. Anne is often asked to volunteer to judge food-related events including the Girl Scout Cookie Caper, featuring desserts created from Girl Scout cookies. Now that's a sweet job!
In addition to working on a new book, Anne is a director of Wordharvest Writers Workshops and the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference both of which she helped to establish in 2001.The Tony Hillerman Writers Conference is held in November in Santa Fe. Click for more information about the conference and Wordharvest.
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