Author Andrew Lawler introduces "The Secret Token" at The Book Garden
America’s Oldest Unsolved Mystery
In 1587, 115 brave men, women, and children arrived at Roanoke Island on the coast of North Carolina. The mission: establish the first English settlement in the New World. But when the new colony’s leader returned to Roanoke from a resupply mission, his settlers had vanished, leaving behind only a single clue – a “secret token” etched into a tree.
Coming to The Book Garden in Frenchtown on June 26 is author Andrew Lawler, author of the new book THE SECRET TOKEN: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke (Doubleday; 6/5/2018). The second book for Lawler, as a journalist he has written more than a thousand newspaper and magazine articles from more than two dozen countries. His byline has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Geographic, Smithsonian, and many others.
Centered around America’s oldest unsolved mystery, this riveting tale of the disappearance of America’s first settlers and examines how the Lost Colony has come to haunt our national consciousness. What happened to the Lost Colony of Roanoke? That question has consumed historians, archeologists, and amateur sleuths for four hundred years.
The Frenchtown Book Garden is a community-focused bookshop is known for hosting everything from book clubs to writing workshops to fundraisers for the community. Robert Rando of Annandale and Caroline Scutt became caretakers of the Garden in August 2012. Robert and Caroline both have a passion for their community and met while serving on the board of trustees for Hunterdon County United Way. The two share many other interests including their love for literature.