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> Author Anne Hillerman continues the Navajo detective stories her father Tony Hillerman made popular. Her debut novel, Spider Woman’s Daughter, received the Western Writers Spur Award as best first novel. That book and the four novels that followed were all New York Times best sellers. Her sixth mystery, Stargazer, is due for publication in 2021. When she’s not working, Anne likes to read, cook, ski and travel. She lives in Santa Fe with frequent trips to the Navajo Nation. 

> NY Times bestselling mystery author Anne Hillerman continues the Navajo detective stories her father, Tony Hillerman, made popular. Her debut novel, Spider Woman’s Daughter, received both the Spur Award and New Mexico-Arizona Book Award as best book of the year. Her newest, Stargazer,  continues the saga with an unlikely villain.  


About Anne Hillerman


Anne 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 an award-winning reporter, editor and columnist before becoming a full-time writer. And now, she is the author of the continuing adventures of the Navajo law enforcement characters created by Tony Hillerman. She is married to well-known landscape photographer Don Strel. Among her career highlights are: 


  • Award winning art, education and NM legislative reporter

  • Editorial page editor for two newspapers

  • Restaurant critic 

  • Freelance writer 

  • Initiated and organized the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference and Wordharvest writing workshops 

  • Author of seven non-fiction books 

  • Keynote speaker and writing workshop presenter

  • Helped create the Tony Hillerman Prize for best first mystery novel


Anne's Awards Include 

  • Spur Award, Best First Mystery. Western Writers of America Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award for Best Non-fiction (Tony Hillerman's Landscape) 

  • Reader's Choice Finalist, Albuquerque Journal, Santa Fe Reporter, Albuquerque The Magazine 

  • Founders Award, NM/AZ Book Award 2016 

  • Finalist, Zia Award for best novel (New Mexico Press Women) 2019 

  • Communicator of Achievement, New Mexico Press Women 

  • The 2019 Frank Waters Award for literary excellence from the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District

  • Finalist, Oklahoma Book Awards

  • Amazon Best Mystery, 2015

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