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SW Word Fiesta Hosts Hillerman Day

The Southwest Word Fiesta, a biennial literary festival based in Silver City, NM will host “Hillerman Day” on October 20, 2021, 4:00-6:30 p.m., celebrating novelists Tony Hillerman and his daughter Anne Hillerman, as well as his brother the photographer Barney Hillerman.

This virtual event will kick off with Anne Hillerman reading from and discussing her novel Stargazer (HarperCollins, 2021). After her session, James McGrath Morris will present his biography Tony Hillerman: A Life (University of Oklahoma Press, 2021). To close the program, there will be a guided tour of Barney Hillerman’s photos taken for the book Hillerman Country: A Journey through the Southwest with Tony Hillerman (HarperCollins, 1991). This was a project the novelist, Tony, and his brother, Barney, worked on extensively together.

In the weeks leading up to Hillerman Day, there will be community events in Silver City including readings, lectures and book displays pertaining to the Hillermans’ work.

Tony Hillerman was the author of eighteen spellbinding detective novels set on the Navajo Nation. He simultaneously transformed a traditional genre and unlocked the mysteries of the Navajo culture to an audience of millions. His best-selling novels added Navajo Tribal Police detectives Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee to the pantheon of American fictional detectives.

 Anne Hillerman also became a New York Times bestselling novelist when she carried on her father’s Navajo novels.

James McGrath Morris is a multi-award-winning biographer who has published groundbreaking works on Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos, Ethel Payne, and Joseph Pulitzer, among others.

This special event will be a “Prologue” to the Southwest Word Fiesta, which takes place on October 22-24, 2021 via Zoom. All events are free and open to the public. The schedule can be found here.

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The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Southwest Word Fiesta™ or its steering committee.

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We respectfully acknowledge that the entirety of southwestern New Mexico is the traditional territory, since time immemorial, of the Chis-Nde, also known as the people of the Chiricahua Apache Nation. The Chiricahua Apache Nation is recognized as a sovereign Native Nation by the United States in the Treaty of Amity, Commerce, and Friendship of 1 July 1852 (10 Stat. 979) (Treaty of Santa Fe ratified 23 March 1853 and proclaimed by President Franklin Pierce 25 March 1853).

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