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A little about Julie Cantrell
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author, Julie Cantrell was the editor-in-chief of the Southern Literary Review. She has been a freelance writer for a decade and has contributed to more than a dozen books. Julie and her family now live in Oxford, Mississippi where they operate Valley House Farm.
A speech-language pathologist and literacy advocate, Julie was honored to receive the 2012 Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Fellowship and is working on a creative nonfiction book about her family's adventures as first-generation farmers. Her second novel is set to follow her bestselling debut, Into the Free (David C Cook) hit shelves to rave reviews a few weeks ago.
A little about Lee Smith
Lee Smith has published 13 novels and four collections of short stories. She is a recipient of the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the North Carolina Award for Literature, and a Southern Book Critics Circle Award.
In Lee’s newest novel, Guests on Earth, we meet Evalina Toussaint, an orphaned child of an exotic dancer, who is only thirteen in 1936 when she is admitted to Highland Mental Hospital in Asheville. N.C.
A piano prodigy, she becomes the accompanist for the hospital's many performances and musical programs, and finds herself in the company of some remarkable fellow patients, both fictional and real, such as Zelda Fitzgerald.
This role gives Evalina privileged insights into the events which culminate in a tragic fire---still an unsolved mystery to this day.
Read "In Her Words," Lee Smith's essay about Guests on Earth.
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