The 2013 Leaphorn Award was presented to radio personality Mary–Charlotte Domandi for her work in promoting authors and reading. The award was given at the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference on Nov. 9, in Santa Fe, at the Santa Fe Hilton. Watch a video of the presentation.
“For more than 10 years, Domandi has featured authors among the guests on her popular Radio Cafe broadcast, which can be heard daily on KSFR radio and over the web. Her thoughtful interviews have added to the information about New Mexico’s literary world and encouraged readers to reach out to material they might not have discovered otherwise,” WORDHARVEST co-founder Anne Hillerman said. “We are delighted to have an opportunity honor her.”
Previous honorees are Dorothy Massey, Mary Wolf and Collected Works Bookstore of Santa Fe (2012); and Barbe Awalt and Paul Rhetts of the New Mexico Book Co-op (2011). Named after Tony Hillerman’s legendary Navajo detective, the award honors those who struggle through dead ends and obstacles to contribute to the world of readers and authors. “Just as Joe Leaphorn never gave up on a case, Mary–Charlotte continues to work tirelessly to help our state’s writers and publishers receive the recognition they deserve,” Hillerman said.