BORDER BOOK FESTIVAL
FEATURED WRITER AND ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES
TONY HILLERMAN, ANNE HILLERMAN, & DON STREL
Tony Hillerman (1925–2008), an Albuquerque, New Mexico, resident since 1963, was the author of twenty-nine books, including the popular seventeen-mystery series featuring Navajo police officers Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn, two non-series novels, two children’s books, and nonfiction works. He received every major honor for mystery fiction, and the Western Writers of America honored him with the Wister Award for Lifetime achievement in 2008. He served as president of the prestigious Mystery Writers of America, and was honored with that group’s Edgar Award and as one of mystery fiction’s Grand Masters. In 2001, his memoir, Seldom Disappointed, won both the Anthony and Agatha Awards for best nonfiction.
Anne Hillerman is the author of six books and has been a journalist for twenty years. She has received awards for her work from the National Federation of Press Women and the New Mexico Press Association. She is currently the director of Wordharvest Writers Workshops and the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference: Focus on Mystery. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Photographer Don Strel has had his photos published in numerous books and magazines. He has taught design at San Francisco State and Northern Illinois University, and has served as the director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of New Mexico. He is currently the director of the Southwest Assignments design and photographic agency, which he founded in 1985. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.