The 2015 Rudolfo & Patricia Anaya Lecture
on the Literature of the Southwest


Anne Hillerman

Author of Tony Hillerman's Landscape, Spider Woman's Daugher, and Rock With Wings

2015-Anne Hillerman

Thursday Oct 22, 2015 - 7:00 pm

George Pearl Hall Auditorium

School of Architecture and Planning

Anne Hillerman

Anne HillermanAnne Hillerman is the author of eight published non-fiction books and has worked as an editorial page editor, arts editor, and food critic for the Albuquerque Journal and the Santa Fe New Mexican. Anne Hillerman’s first novel, Spider Woman’s Daughter (2013), made the New York Times bestseller list and received the 2014 Spur Award for the Best First Mystery from Western Writers of America. The book also received two New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards for Best Book and Best Mystery of 2014. She recently published a second mystery novel, Rock With Wings (2015), and is currently working on a third.

Anne Hillerman lives in Santa Fe and is the daughter of New Mexico-based novelist Tony Hillerman, whose mystery novels put the characters of Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee on the map of southwestern literature. Anne Hillerman’s novels pick up the storyline of her father’s famous detective duo, and in her novels, she pushes Tony Hillerman’s cast of characters further by focusing on the adventures of Officer Bernadette Manuelito, the wife of Navajo detective Jim Chee. Set in Monument Valley and Shiprock and against the familiar landscape of the Sandia Mountains, Anne Hillerman’s novels have received national acclaim, but she also maintains a local connection to the Santa Fe arts scene as 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, and this year UNM University Libraries will officially launch the Tony Hillerman Portal website (, a massive digitization project that is making his archive widely available to the public. The library will also hold a symposium in the spring to inaugurate the official launch of the Hillerman Portal. This year’s Anaya lecture comes at a relevant moment, with much activity around the Hillerman name and its legacy.

Directions & Parking

George Pearl Hall is located off of Central Ave on Redondo Drive near the Visitor's Center. Parking available in the Yale Parking Structure. Map

A Special Thank You

Made possible through a generous gift from New Mexico writer Rudolfo Anaya, the annual Anaya Lecture brings together students, faculty, and community members to address the rich traditions and new directions of Southwest literature.

UNM co-sponsors for the October 22, 2015 Anaya Lecture with Anne Hillerman include the following:

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