Author Events

When Mountains Move_JM1d jpg (2)Julie enjoys meeting readers, especially by visiting:

book groups

school groups

church groups

mothers’ groups

writers’ groups

and bookstores


To schedule an author visit, please contact Julie directly via email:


2015 Schedule of Events:

January 15-17: Pulpwood Queens Girlfriends Weekend, Texas

March 26: Jackson, TN. Book Club Luncheon

March 27-28: Neil White’s:How to Write & Publish Your Book, Oxford, Ms.

April 22: Still Creek Ranch, Bryan, Tx.

April 24: Livingston Parish Rotary Club, Denham Springs, La.

April 24-26: Journey to Freedom Holy Yoga Retreat, Feliciana Retreat Ctr, Norwood, La.

May 14: Morton Museum, Collierville, Tn.

June 25-27: American Library Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.

July 31-Aug 1: Mississippi Writers Guild Conference, Oxford, Ms.

August 22: Mississippi Book Festival, Jackson, Ms.

Sept. 10: Union County Retired Teachers Association, New Albany, Ms.

Sept. 18-20: SIBA Trade Show, Raleigh, NC

November 7: Second Calling Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Already booking 2016 — January 14-17, 2016: Annual Pulpwood Queen Book Club Convention, (aka Girlfriend Weekend), Nacogdoches, Tx.

JANUARY 26, 2016: THE FEATHERED BONE hits shelves!!!


2014 Schedule of Events:

January 16-18, 2014: Pulpwood Queens Girlfriends’ Weekend, Jefferson, TX.

March 1, 2014: Memphis, TN. Book Club

March 20, 2014: Baton Rouge, LA.  Book Club

March 26-28, 2014: Louisiana Library Conference, Lafayette, LA.

March 29, 2014: NorthWest Community College, Author Roundup, Senatobia, MS.

April 14, 2014: Hattiesburg, MS. Book Club

May 10, 2014: Gum Tree Festival, Tupelo, MS

May 13, 2014: First Presbyterian Church, Oxford, MS.

May 14, 2014:  New Albany, MS. Book Club

May 30-June 1, 2014: Yoknapatawpha Summer Writers’ Workshop, Univ. of Mississippi, Oxford, MS.

June 19, 2014: Young Writers Conference, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS

June 24, 2014: Germantown, TN Book Club

June 25, 2014: Lee County Library, Tupelo, MS

June 26, 2014: New Albany Summer Writing Program, New Albany, MS

August 12, 2014: Main Street Books, Hattiesburg, MS

August 25-26:  Harper Collins Christian, Thomas Nelson, Nashville, TN

September 13, 2014: Inspirational Female Authors/Speakers, Memphis, TN

September 20-21, 2014: College Station, TX. Book Club

September 26-27, 2014: ACFW Carol Award Banquet (When Mountains Move – Winner of Historical Fiction Book of the Year)

September 29, 2014: California Book Club

October 2-4, 2014: Reclaiming Hearts, WinShape Conference Center, Rome, GA

October 9, 2014: Multi-author event, Baker House Books, Grand Rapids, MI

October 10-11, 2014: Keynote speaker for Breathe Conference, Grand Rapids, MI

November 4, 2014: First United Methodist, FLOCK, New Albany, MS



2013 Schedule of Events:

January 17-20: Pulpwood Queens Girlfriends Weekend, Jefferson, TX.

February 11:  Junior League of Jackson Luncheon

February 11: Madison Public Library Bookclub 6:00 pm

February 26: NorthWest Mississippi Community College, Reading Roundtable, 2:00 Senatobia, MS

March 1-3: Mississippi Sustainable Agriculture Conference (GGSIM), Oxford, MS

March 4: Skype with Upton Middle School, Michigan

March 18: Delta State University, Cleveland, MS

March 21-24: Oxford Conference for the Book, Oxford, MS

April 11-13: Harding University, Searcy, Arkansas

June 24: The Christy Awards for Excellence in Christian Fiction presented at the International Christian Retail Show, St. Louis, MO. (UPDATE: Into the Free received two Christy Awards. One for best Debut Novel and a second for BOOK of the Year!)

June 24: The Meeting House on Faith Radio, Backstage Interview at The Christy Awards. Video Link.

June 25: Signing at the ICRS, St. Louis, MO. Convention Center 12:30-1:30, Anchor Room


September 9: When Mountains Move Launch Party, Off Square Books, Oxford, MS. 5:00 p.m. ALL ARE WELCOME! Free to the public. Please join us.

September 16: All Things Southern Radio Show

September 19-22: Southern Independent Bookseller Association (SIBA) Trade Show, New Orleans, LA. (panel and signing PLUS look for me @ Southern Belle View table!)

September 28: Charleston’s Gateway to the Delta Festival, SonEdna Foundation Presents Mississippi Authors

October 2: Oxford-Lafayette County Library, Books-n-Lunch

October 5: Bookstock, Memphis, TN.

October 7: Collierville Methodist Church Bookclub

October 11-13: Southern Festival of Books, Nashville, TN. (Panel with the fabulous Kathy L. Patrick and the Pulpwood Queens!)

October 15: New Albany, MS. Library Books-n-Lunch

October 17-18: Mississippi Library Association Annual Conference — Award Ceremony, Biloxi, MS (UPDATE: INTO THE FREE has won the MLA Fiction Award!)

November 14: Pontotoc, MS. Library Books-n-Lunch

November 16: Livingston Parish Library Book Festival, Denham Springs, La.

November 19: Starkville Reads, Starkville Public Library

December 17: Skype with Phoenix, AZ. alternative school bookclub


2012 Schedule of Events

January, 2012 – Rumors of Glory, Help for Hurting People Lucille Zimmerman, a compassionate counselor who has devoted her life to helping survivors of abuse, gives Into the Free a rave review as a tool for therapists and clients.

January 2012 – Ringing in the New Year! 24 Authors Share Their Resolutions, by C.J. Darlington  What an incredible honor to be included this list of such prestigious authors, all of whom I greatly admire.

January 26, 2011 – Feb 1, 2012 – Oxford Town #963 (written by Jeff McVay, photographs by Kate Anthony) Into the Free: Local author lures with love, lessons and chocolate – Launch Party set at Off Square Books for Cantrell’s first novel, ‘Into the Free’ Read about plans to celebrate the launch with the Oxford-Lafayette community and see snapshots of Julie on her farm.

January 30: All Things Southern Radio Show with Shellie Rushing Tomlinson

January 30, 2012 – Pen and Palette by Susan Cushman Learn how Susan’s Meridian connections influenced her powerful reaction to Into the Free.

January 30, 2012 – Relz Reviews in Australia Want to know more about Millie, Bump, and River? Take a look at this Character Spotlight to see the real-life folks I had in mind when I wrote the book.

January 31: Into the Free Launch Party with Square Books (5:00 p.m. Oxford, MS).

January 31, 2012 – Write Where it Hurts by Jo Ann Fore. Author and abuse survivor Jo Ann Fore features Into the Free as a book of hope for victims of abuse.

February 1: Into the Free Hits Shelves TODAY

February 2012 – DeSoto Magazine Learn about my Mississippi roots and the southern lifestyle that contributed to this story.

February 2012 – Christian Fiction Online Magazine: Genre Happenings Learn how Into the Free went from fact to fiction, and read how it all stemmed from a 1915 “Gypsy” funeral in Meridian, Mississippi.

February 3, 2012 This is a Blog about Books – INSPY award-winning author, Catherine West, interviews me on her blog from the beautiful island of Bermuda (nope, I didn’t get to visit her on location…sigh…)

February 6, 2012: Blogged by Kate –  Ole Miss student Kate Anthony is not only extremely talented, she was an absolute blast during my very first Photo Shoot. Check out her blogpost about this experience and see some behind-the-scene shots. She’s a writer and photographer to watch!

February 13, 2012 – Christian Fiction Addiction: Be Swept Away by Into the Free: Novel featured as effective read for healing and strength.

February 15, 2012 – Olivia Newport Features Julie Cantrell: Finding Your Writer’s Voice  Author Olivia Newport interviews me about how I developed Millie’s authentic voice in Into the Free.

February 16:   Clearstory Radio in Nashville, TN with River Jordan

February 16:  Lorelei Books inVicksburg, MS (4:00 – 6:00 p.m.)

February 17, 2012 – Grace Reign: Fiction Friday. Author, speaker, and all-around happy chick, Paula Moldenhauer grants me a wonderful interview about Into the Free.

February 18, 2012: Healing Hearts – Author Michelle Sutton gives Into the Free a rave review as a book that can help hearts heal.

February 22, 2012: USA TODAY – What a wonderful experience…I’ve been interviewed by the fabulous Serena Chase with USA TODAY! The extensive interview followed Serena’s outstanding review of Into the Free which made me fall to my knees in gratitude.

February 23: Thacker Mountain Radio in Oxford, MS. at Off Square Books. Listen live Thursday at 6 pm via Rebel Radio (92.1 FM). You can also listen to the recast on Mississippi Public Radio (MPR) Saturday night at 7 pm.

February 23, 2012: Southern Writers Magazine: Suite T Blog – Southern Writers Magazine asked me to write a February post about Why I Fell in Love with Writing.

February 24: Reed’s Gum Tree Books in Tupelo, MS (12:00 – 1:30 p.m.)

February 28:  Bibliochicks book club Oxford, MS

February 29, 2012 – The Literary Lawyer, Allen Mendenhall, interviews me about the genesis of Into the Free and how it feels to be a debut novelist.

March 1: Lafayette Elementary School Oxford, MS

March 1: Southern Literary Review Read of the Month I’m honored to have my work shared in the very review magazine where I served as editor-in-chief for nearly two years. Also see the interview that follows.

March 6: Books N Lunch Lafayette County and Oxford Public Library NOON

March 6: The Lit Wits book club Oxford, MS

March 7: Michigan’s WMPC Radio Off the Bookshelf program with Greg Bullen

March 7, 2012 – Southern Sassy Things If southern blogger Sandy Janes doesn’t work for TMZ, she should! Swing on by for my juiciest interview yet. Thanks for the fun southern chat, Sandy!

March 8:  Tricia Goyer’s Living Inspired 

March 23: Oxford Conference for the Book

March 26: Jolina Petersheim Interview

March 28: Faith Radio in Tuscaloosa, AL with Bob Crittenden

March 30: Parkview Baptist High School in Baton Rouge, LA.

March 31:  Barnes & Noble, Perkins Rowe. 1:00-3:00 Baton Rouge, LA.

April 5: Della Davidson Elementary School

April 12: Vicksburg, MS Book club Skype

April 16: Oxford High School Creative Arts Fair Oxford, MS

April 28: Turning Pages Books & More in Natchez, MS 3:00 pm

May 3: Katie Ganshert’s Bookclub Skype

May 14: WBCL Author! Author! with Lynne Ford, Ft. Wayne, Indiana. 

May 17: WMOX The Morning Show with Cat Owen and Jason Armstrong

May 17: WTCS Radio with Steve Davis

May 18-19: Lifeway Christian Store’s Annual Spring Fiction Days Event. I’ll be at the Tupelo, MS Lifeway Friday May 18 from 5-7 pm and the Meridian, MS Lifeway Saturday May 19 from 1-3.

May 23: All Saint’s Episcopal Church, Grenada, MS.

May 24:  NERDS bookclub at the Oxford-Lafayette County Library in Oxford, MS.

June 3: Mississippi Public Broadcasting Mississippi Arts Hour with Diane Williams

June 7: University Dames book club Oxford, MS.

June 9: BLG’s Book Club Chat – Join this amazing bookclub in Australia as they ask tons of deep questions about Into the Free.

June 19: Luncheon with Books Union County Library New Albany, MS Noon

June 21: Writer’s Digest with Chuck Sambuchino. No MFA? Never Took a Writing Class? 6 Ways to Write a Bestseller Anyway.

July 5: The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, TN

July 6:  Hernando Public Library Book Club Summer Series featuring Southern Authors (Mark Childress, Carolyn Haines, Jill Connor Browne, and moi!) 10:00 a.m. discussion.

July 12:  Starkville Reads. 7:00 pm Starkville Public Library.

July 12: Heather Day Gilbert: Writing Beyond the Vows

August 3-5: 2012 Mississippi Writers Guild Conference, Mississippi Arts Center in Jackson, MS.

August 3: More To Life Magazine

August 30:  Rotary Club West Point, MS. Noon

September 11: Lunch with Books, Cleveland Public Library, Cleveland, MS. Noon

September 19 – 23: American Christian Fiction Writers Conference in Dallas, TX.

September 28: Annual Area Librarians Meeting in Booneville, MS

September 29: Rose Hill Cemetery annual tour, Meridian, MS.

October 12-14: 24th annual Southern Festival of Books, Nashville, TN.

December 7-10: Upton Middle School in St. Joe, Michigan

December 13: Lunch with Books, Pontotoc Public Library, Pontotoc, MS.


2010 Schedule of Events

January 30 – Lafayette County Literacy Council Mardi Gras Bash, The Lyric, Oxford, MS

March 3 – MOPS, University Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, LA (Postponed…watch for new date)

March 13-20 – Colorado: Novel Research

May 3 – MOPS, First Baptist Church of New Orleans

May 16 – Christian Womens’ Writer Circle, Central Church, Collierville, TN

June 16 – Univ. of Miss. Writing Project, Young Writers Camp, Oxford, MS


2009 Schedule of Events

March 7 – Peas & Carrots, Oxford, MS

March 11- Discovery Day School, Oxford, MS

March 17 – First Baptist Church Preschool, Oxford, MS

March 27-28 – Barnes & Noble, Tupelo, MS

March 31 – North Oxford Baptist Church Preschool, Oxford, MS

April 4 – Square Books, Jr. Oxford, MS

April 8 – The Brighton School, Baton Rouge, LA

April 8 – Parkview Baptist Preschool & Elementary School, Baton Rouge, LA

April 9 – Judson Baptist Preschool, Walker, LA

April 11 – Barnes & Noble at Perkins Rowe, Baton Rouge, LA

April 18 – Barnes & Noble, Jonesboro, AR

April 25 – Square Books, Jr., Oxford, MS

May 12 – Trinity Baptist, Cordova, MS

May 16 – Women’s Day Out, Baptist Memorial Hospital, Oxford, MS

May 20 – Trinity Baptist, Cordova, MS

May 29 – Live @ 9 Interview, WTVA, Memphis, TN

May 30 – Barnes & Noble, Germantown Pkwy, Memphis, TN

June 5 – Midday Mississippi, WLBT, Jackson, MS

June 6 – Lemuria, Jackson, MS

August 1 – Cassie’s Closet, Walker, LA

August 9 – Oxford-Lafayette Public Library, Back to School Event

September 2 – The Rotary Club, Oxford, MS

September 16 – MOPS at Central Church, Collierville, TN

November 7 – First United Methodist Church, Starkville, MS

December 12- The Christmas Store (Oxford-Ole Miss Rotary Club Event)

December 19 – Barnes & Noble, Perkins Rowe, Baton Rouge, LA.

1 thought on “Author Events

  1. Our preschool children really enjoyed having Julie read to them. The teachers at our facility were very impressed by Julie’s interaction with the children while reading her books. Great job!

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