A&E Briefs: Anne Hillerman presents the making of her novel
Anne Hillerman will present the making of her novel, “Rock with Wings,” at the South Branch Library in Breckenridge at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21. Hillerman discusses her writing, her experience growing up as Tony Hillerman’s eldest daughter, and how her father’s work informed and inspired her. This program is free to the public and sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Hillerman is delighted to continue the mystery series her father, the best-selling author Tony Hillerman, created beginning in 1970. Anne’s debut novel, “Spider Woman’s Daughter,” is a mystery set in the Southwest, including the Navajo Nation and Santa Fe. The book followed the further adventures of the characters Tony Hillerman made famous: Jim Chee, Joe Leaphorn and Bernadette Manuelito. The novel, released by HarperCollins, received the Spur Award from Western Writers of America for the Best First Novel of 2013.
Her second mystery in the series, “Rock with Wings,” was released in May 2015, and quickly became a New York Times best-seller. Set in the beautiful country near Shiprock, New Mexico, and in Monument Valley, the book involves two separate mysteries. The detectives work on puzzling cases that involve a missing woman, a mysterious car fire, a movie crew — Lt. Joe Leaphorn’s memory gets a workout. Anne Hillerman also is the author of the award-winning “Tony Hillerman’s Landscape: On the Road with Chee and Leaphorn” and eight other books. She will have her novels on site for book signing after her presentation.
Together with husband/photographer Don Strel, Anne Hillerman worked on a project with the University of New Mexico Press — an introduction and new photographs for a re-issue of mystery giant Tony Hillerman’s book of non-fiction essays, “The Great Taos Bank Robbery.” In her introduction, Anne talks about growing up as one of Hillerman’s six children. Anne’s other books also include: “Santa Fe Flavors: Best Restaurants and Recipes” (winner of the 2009 New Mexico Book Award), “The Insider’s Guide to Santa Fe,” “Children’s Guide to Santa Fe,” “Done in the Sun” and “Ride the Wind: USA to Africa.”
In more than 20 years as a journalist, she worked as editorial page editor for the Albuquerque Journal North and the Santa Fe New Mexican, and as an arts editor for both papers. Since 2001, Anne has been a Northern New Mexico food critic for the Albuquerque Journal, New Mexico’s largest newspaper. That job takes her to Four Star food palaces and tasty little dives, up to Espanola and Taos and out Cerrillos and Madrid way. Her reviews have won first-place honors from the National Federation of Press Women. Her book Santa Fe Flavors grew from this experience.
In addition to working on the next novel, Anne is a director of Wordharvest Writers Workshops and the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference, both of which she helped to establish in 2001. The Tony Hillerman Writers Conference is held in November in Santa Fe.
The Breckenridge Film Festival presents Transform: Yoga & Film Event
The Breckenridge Film Festival presents “Yoga Is: A Transformational Journey” to be followed by a Hatha Flow Yoga class, Saturday, Nov. 21 at 9 a.m. at 103 S. Harris St., Breckenridge. Tickets are $15 and are available online at BreckFilmFest.com. Follow filmmaker Suzanne Bryant as she meets with the most prominent yoga gurus and teachers in the west and travels to India to explore the power of this ancient practice. Along the way she discovers what yoga is.
Suzanne now lives in California with family living in Boulder. This film was released in September of 2012. Inspired by her experience in India, she returned back to the U.S. to explore what yoga means to the West and how it can transform lives. Suzanne met with the most prominent western yoga gurus and teachers as well as celebrity yoga devotees Russell Simmons, Christy Turlington, musician Michael Franti and Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman in search for the answers that unite us all. Answers to questions such as love, truth, happiness, purpose, the now, our dark and light, empowerment, karma, enlightenment, transformation and more. What she found was something wonderful: a path that can enable anyone to transform suffering and experience daily peace and happiness.
Lake Dillon Theatre Company presents Florrie Bagel
Lake Dillon Theatre Company Cabaret Series presents Florrie Bagel for one night only on Sunday, Nov. 22. Florrie Bagel, fresh off the national tour of “Kinky Boots” and “Sister Act,” will be taking the stage at the Lake Dillon Theatre for two cabaret performances, one at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $28 for general seating and $38 for table seating. Tickets are available at lakedillontheatre.org or call the box office (970) 513-9386.
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