April Read of the Month: “The Feathered Bone,” by Julie Cantrell

Reviewed by Adele Annesi The Feathered Bone, by New York Times bestselling author Julie Cantrell, fuses poetic voice and unwavering honesty in a haunting tale of worst fears come true, best intentions gone horribly wrong, and a freedom that brings hope beyond this life. Set in New Orleans and rural Louisiana in the years involving […]

October Read of the Month: “When Mountains Move,” by Julie Cantrell

  Reviewed by Donna Meredith From the outset, wrenching secrets handicap Millie and Bump’s marriage in When Mountains Move, the sequel to Julie Cantrell’s debut Into the Free. You don’t have to read the debut first to enjoy the sequel, but you should. Cantrell’s first novel won Christy awards for Best Debut Novel and for […]

“Letter in a Woodpile,” by Ed Cullen

Reviewed by Julie Cantrell Unlike many literary sites that review only the books being marketed heavily each publishing season, the Southern Literary Review is always on the prowl for stories that slip through the cracks. We are in constant search for the author who hasn’t yet been “discovered” and the manuscript that has settled at […]

Adele Annesi Interviews Julie Cantrell

AA: You’ve written nonfiction in the past, but this is your first novel, correct? JC: I have published two children’s picture books (Zonderkidz, 2009), and I have contributed to a dozen books, including the most recent coffee table book, Mississippians (Ed. Neil White, 2011 and 2012), but this is my debut novel. AA: What was […]

March Read of the Month: “Into the Free,” by Julie Cantrell

Review by Adele Annesi Julie Cantrell’s debut novel, Into the Free, offers a poetic voice and compelling story for young adults and adults that engages readers in tales of segregation, challenges, secrets and hope in unexpected places. Set in Depression-era Mississippi, Into the Free is the story of Millie Reynolds, whose mixed Choctaw and white […]

Announcement from David C. Cook, Publisher of Julie Cantrell’s “Into the Free”

From February 13-19, pick up a FREE COPY of Into the Free by Julie Cantrell for your Kindle, Nook, or other reading device.  This offer is available for ONE WEEK only through most e-book distributors including Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Julie Cantrell is the former editor-in-chief of the Southern Literary Review.

Meet Lisa Wingate, Author of Dandelion Summer

Award-winning novelist, Lisa Wingate, steadily produces quality reads and has established a massive fan base that crosses into both the ABA and CBA markets. Recently, she discussed her writing life with Julie Cantrell of SLR. We hope you enjoy the conversation.      SLR: Lisa, you’ve established yourself as a well-respected author who steadily produces quality […]