Happy 1-11-11. The Giveaway today moves over to another Blog….read on….
Destination: Diné Bikeyah (Navajo Country)
Book: Tony Hillerman’s Landscape: On the Road with Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn, by Anne Hillerman, with Photographs by Don Strel (Nov. 2009)
No book can be THE PERFECT BOOK, I suppose, but this one comes darned close for a lover of the Southwestern U.S.
If you love the Southwest, you know that some of the most dramatic scenery lies inside Diné Bikeyah, the native name for Navajo Country that sprawls across Arizona and New Mexico and laps over into southern Colorado.
If you love Navajo Country, you love to read Tony Hillerman mystery novels, featuring Detectives Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn of the Navajo police. Hillerman’s books not only provide a vivid guidebook for Arizona and New Mexico, but they sensitively portray the Navajo myths and life so accurately that if you read enough of them, you will feel you’ve been to school, majoring in Navajo culture.
And if you love Hillerman books, you will revel in the opportunity to see these haunting photographs of the settings of his stories.
Hillerman’s daughter, Anne Hillerman, became a writer too, and with her photographer husband, Don Strel, she took to the road through Navajo country, seeking the scenes from the books.They have created a gorgeous book that started out as a photographic journey through Navajo land. When Tony Hillerman died in October 2008, the book also became a memoir of life with Anne’s father.
The book is divided into sections corresponding to the settings of the mystery novels, and Anne reminds us of the basic plot line of each book as she explains how the setting fit into the story, and tells us something about how her father worked.
Tony Hillerman was a teacher as well as writer, who lived in Albuquerque, and taught at the University of New Mexico. He was a generous mentor to other writers, and I regret that he will not be able to see the book that Charnell Havens and I are launching this spring, Quincy Tahoma: The Life and Legacy of a Navajo Artist. I met him once when he spoke at a writer’s conference in Tucson. In the afternoon, he headed for the patio, trailed by an army of fans, and sat and talked with anyone who wanted to talk about writing.
If the Hillerman book sounds good to you, this may be your lucky day, because we are going to (reluctantly) give it away. Charnell and I announce today at the Quincy Tahoma Blog that we are sponsoring a contest with the Hillerman book, and a gorgeous mousepad imprinted with one of Tahoma’s powerful paintings of horses will go to two lucky people. You have three chances to win, by “liking” our Facebook Fan Page, Subscribing to our blog, or subscribing to our new e-newsletter. You’ll have to click over to the Quincy Tahoma Blog to see an illustration of Two Horses Prancing mouse pad and the rules for the contest. (If it isn’t there yet, please be patient and try a little later. This blog will post before the Tahoma blog does.)
The publisher furnished this book for a review and giveaway. The Hillerman book cover comes from Anne Hillerman’s web page, and Charnell Havens has copyright on the photo of Canyon de Chelly.
Because of this special event at my sister blog, there is no giveaway at A Traveler’s Library today, but I would still like to hear your comments. Have you traveled through Navajo country in Arizona and New Mexico? What was your favorite sight? Have you read Hillerman’s mysteries with Chee and Leaphorn? Tell us about them, too.
Tomorrow your comments on our road trip to Idaho book will put you in the running to win Alain de Botton’s A Week at the Airport. Friday I’ll be giving away a brand new book set in Africa, and a bonus book set in Japan.