Hillerman Research and Information Resources

This section of the Portal is a library of print and online resources about Tony Hillerman. Hillerman was prolific and popular as a writer, journalist, and educator, and much commentary about his work has been produced. Included here are web links to articles, books, audio and video, interviews, and other websites on topics such as biographical information, literary criticism, setting and landscape guides, and closer looks at his writerly, public, and private lives. You can also contact us at the eHillerman Portal and UNM University libraries with any inquiries and research interests.

Magazine Articles

Weaving mysteries that tell of life among the Navajos

Parfit, Michael. "Weaving mysteries that tell of life among the Navajos." Smithsonians 21, no. 9 (1990): 92-104

West Seller

Boucher, Norman. "West Seller." The Boston Globe Magazine (1991): 18-19, 40-41, 49-54.

What Book Do You Wish You Had Written?

Galvin, Lisa. "What Book Do You Wish You Had Written?" The Critic 43, no. 4 (1989): 18-37.


A Thief of Time (Motion Picture)

A motion picture adaptation of the novel, aired on PBS' Mystery series

Coyote Waits (Motion Picture)

A motion picture adaptation of the novel, aired on PBS' Mystery series

Dark Wind (Motion Picture)

A motion picture adaptation of the novel, Dark Wind stars Lou diamond Phillips as Jim Chee, and Fred Ward as Joe Leaphorn.

Skinwalkers (Motion Picture)

A motion picture adaptation of the novel, aired on PBS' Mystery series

Newspaper Articles

Literary Echoes, on the Road
Navajo Cops on the Case
Times Topic: Tony Hillerman

This is the archival page for accessing for articles related to Tony Hillerman's work and life, provided by the New York Times.

Tony Hillerman, 83; Penned Navajo Series, October 28, 2008

Washington Post Obituary for Tony Hillerman

Tony Hillerman, Novelist, Dies at 83, October 27, 2008

New York Times obituary for Tony Hillerman

Theses and Dissertations

Please Repeat That: Repetition as a Stylistic Device in Tony Hillerman’s Skinwalkers

Thesis by Stephen Brown, Spalding University, February 20, 2017

The Navajos as Seen Through Hillerman's Characters

This master's thesis by Hélène Le Goff, published by Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Sociales Victor...


Étonnants Voyageurs == Amazing Travelers

At the 1994 Étonnants Voyageurs conference, Tony Hillerman participates in a panel discussion titled, "Café littéraire."

Lobo Living Room: Anne Hillerman

Anne Hillerman speaks about her first novel "Spider Woman's Daughter" at the November 14, 2013 Lobo Living Room event sponsored by the University...

Tony Hillerman Remembered

Video of a 2008 memorial service for Tony Hillerman

Tony Hillerman's New Mexico

Join us as we visit with one of New Mexico's most popular storytellers, Tony Hillerman. Tony shares his inspirations and life story in a...

Tony Hillerman, Storyteller

This video is an excerpt from a short documentary produced for the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. Hillerman was the 2004 Kirsch Award winner.

Tony Hillerman: "C" Company, 103rd Infantry Division Interview

This is a 2006 interview of Tony Hillerman by his son, Dan about Tony's service in World War II.