Author Anne Hillerman is the featured author at 7 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak lecture. Hillerman is an accomplished journalist, food writer, writing workshop facilitator and teacher.
Recently, she has carried on the tradition of her late father Tony Hillerman by writing mysteries that feature the Four Corners area, Navajo tribal police, Navajo traditions and ways of life, and the beloved characters Joe Leaphorn, Jim Chee and Bernie Manuelito.
Her first novel in the series she adopted after her father’s death in 2008, Spider Woman’s Daughter, won the prestigious Spur Award in 2014 for Best First Mystery. Her most recent novel, Rock with Wings, released May 5, has quickly climbed to within the top 20 on the New York Times Bestseller charts.
Readers of Spider Woman’s Daughter are anxious to find out the fate of Joe Leaphorn, who was gravely injured in that book. Copies of the books will be available for purchase at the talk, and Hillerman will happily sign her work.
Hillerman is co-founder with Jean Schaumberg of the Wordharvest writer’s workshops. Wordharvest is devoted to the art and craft of writing. Based in Santa Fe, Wordharvest offers the Tony Hillerman Prize for first mystery novel, and the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference, a three-day workshop offering how-to advice on writing techniques and the business of writing.
Session topics range from publishing e-books to writing fiction and non-fiction. The Conference provides an intimate environment to get feedback and critiques about your writing, network with literary agents and editors, and find writing inspiration.
The Authors Speak Series is a monthly event featuring local and regional authors speaking about their writing on a variety of subjects such as local and state history, travel, outdoor activities, fiction, Native American history and culture, poetry and more. The series is funded by the Friends of the Los Alamos County Library System. The talks are free and begin at 7 p.m., on the fourth Thursday of each month, followed by the opportunity to meet the authors and enjoy refreshments.
For more information about the Authors Speak series, contact Katy Korkos at 505.662.8247.