Best-selling author Julie Cantrell to speak at retired educators’ meeting

The Retired Education Personnel of New Albany and Union County will meet at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10, at the meeting room of BNA in downtown New Albany with New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Julie Cantrell as guest speaker.

Not only members but others who would like to attend are invited.

Cantrell has served as editor-in-chief of the Southern Literary Review and is a recipient of the Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Fellowship. She is the author of two children’s books as well as Into the Free, which received the Christy Award for Book of the Year in 2013 as well as the Mississippi Library Association’s Fiction Award.

This debut novel received a rare starred review by Publishers Weekly and was selected as one of five finalists for the University of Mississippi Common Reading Experience 2014. It also was selected as a best novel of 2013 by LifeWay, USA TODAY, and many bookclubs.

Cantrell’s sophomore novel, When Mountains Move, is the sequel to her debut. Since its release in September 2013, it has been named a 2013 Best Read by LifeWay, was shortlisted for several awards, and won the 2014 Carol Award for Historical Fiction.

Her third novel, The Feathered Bone, will release January 2016.

Cantrell and her family live in Oxford where they operate Valley House Farm.