Santa Fe author Anne Hillerman will speak 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 24 at Fuller Lodge, presented by the Los Alamos Public Library’s Authors Speak Series.
She also will show slides that illustrate the themes in her latest book, The Tale Teller.
Hillerman has just released the latest book in her series set in Navajo Country, featuring the detectives Joe Leaphorn, Jim Chee and Bernie Manuelito.
After the death of Hillerman’s famous father, the writer Tony Hillerman, she found herself wanting to hear more stories about the people who had come to life for her in her father’s books. When she picked up the series and started writing, she found that Bernie Manuelito had some stories to tell from a woman’s perspective. Bernie has been featured prominently in Rock with Wings, Cave of Bones, Song of the Lion and Spider Woman’s Daughter, but in the latest book, Joe Leaphorn takes the lead, even though he is now retired and working as a private investigator. He investigates the fate of Navajo artifacts that never arrived at the museum to which they were donated. The questions surrounding the artifacts are topical and bring to the fore Native customs surrounding treatment of ancestors’ belongings and reluctance to revisit painful past treatment of those forebears.
A review in Library Journal states “Hillerman’s writing becomes stronger with every new installment in the series, deepening the development of each character. Fans will be intrigued by the intertwining stories that keep them guessing.”
With each new book, Hillerman has generously agreed to come and speak at the Library. Books will be available for purchase directly from the author on the evening of April 24.
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.
For more information about library programs, visit the Library webpage on Los Alamos County’s site, www.lacnm.us or call the Library directly at 505.662.8250. The Community Service’s seasonal booklets such as “Spring Into Adventure” and “100 Days of Summer” also are a good resource to find out more about programs for all ages.