From now on, the Wyoming Library will be known as the Tony Hillerman Library.
On Friday December 26th, Mayor Chávez gathered with the family and friends of Tony Hillerman at the Wyoming Library.
“Today we are again participating in the tradition of naming an Albuquerque Public Library for a beloved author and Albuquerque citizen,” said the Mayor.
The Tony Hillerman Library will join the Erna Fergusson Library and the Ernie Pyle Library as a beloved location. This location is particularly special to the Hillermans, because the Wyoming Library is their neighborhood library and Marie Hillerman is a Master Gardener there. It’s an added pleasure that this library is surrounded by the Rose Garden, so beautifully maintained by the Albuquerque Rose Society.
This library originally was called the Prospect Park Library and subsequently the Wyoming Mall Library, the Wyoming Regional Library, and the Wyoming Library. From now on it will be known as the Tony Hillerman Library.
Mr. Hillerman is an author who brought the southwest to life and instilled in his readers a respect for Native American culture all within an intricate plot. Mr. Hillerman was a born storyteller – both in his writing and in his conversation. He was curious about the world around him and shared what he learned, working for years as a newspaper reporter in Oklahoma and Santa Fe. He also taught journalism at UNM.
- Received Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart
- Author of 20 novels
- Author of essays and anthologies on New Mexico history, events, and people
- Wrote an acclaimed memoir called Seldom Disappointed, in which he shares his love of his family, New Mexico, and the written word