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Talking Mysteries: A Conversation with Tony Hillerman
     

Talking Mysteries: A Conversation with Tony Hillerman

by Tony Hillerman, Ernie Bulow, Ernest Franklin (Illustrator)
 

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In Talking Mysteries, Tony Hillerman discusses his craft, including his approach to plot, characterization, and setting, and the wrinkles and twists that make his brand of fiction unique. These and other insights into how he writes emerge in an extended interview with his long-time friend and fellow author Ernie Bulow. An autobiographical piece by Hillerman details

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In Talking Mysteries, Tony Hillerman discusses his craft, including his approach to plot, characterization, and setting, and the wrinkles and twists that make his brand of fiction unique. These and other insights into how he writes emerge in an extended interview with his long-time friend and fellow author Ernie Bulow. An autobiographical piece by Hillerman details his early years in Oklahoma, first encounters with Navajo culture, and his eventual life as journalist and author. Navajo artist Ernest Franklin created twelve sketches of Hillerman characters for this book. Hillerman credits Franklin with "showing me what Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn look like." As an additional treat, a Jim Chee mini-mystery, "The Witch, Yazzie, and the Nine of Clubs," originally published in 1981 and long unavailable, is included.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Originally self-published in somewhat different form as Words, Weather, and Wolfmen (1989), Talking Mysteries: A Conversation with Tony Hillerman, by Tony Hillerman and Ernie Bulow, will delight all fans of the creator of Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn. A map of Hillerman country, illustrations by Ernest Franklin and a series of photos of Hillerman at work (or is he just playing solitaire?) lend visual appeal. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Booknews
Hillerman (Skinwalkers, Talking God . . .) reflects on the craft of mystery writing, his approach to plot, characterization, setting, and his unique style. Includes a mini-mystery published in 1981 and long unavailable. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826335111
Publisher:
University of New Mexico Press
Publication date:
03/28/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
139
Sales rank:
955,308
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Tony Hillerman (1925-2008), an Edgar Award-winning novelist, was best known for the Jim Chee Mystery series, which earned him the Navajo people's appreciation as "special friend to the Dineh." A former reporter and newspaper editor, Hillerman was a member of the journalism faculty at the University of New Mexico from 1965-1987. He served as chairman of the journalism department from 1966-1974.

Ernie Bulow, author of Navajo Taboos, lives in Gallup, New Mexico.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Date of Birth:
May 27, 1925
Date of Death:
October 26, 2008
Place of Birth:
Sacred Heart, Oklahoma
Place of Death:
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Education:
B.A., University of Oklahoma, 1946; M.A., University of New Mexico, 1966
Website:
http://tonyhillermanbooks.com

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