Andrew Lawler ’79 Explores the Lore of the Lost Colony of Roanoke in His Latest Book

Author Andrew Lawler ’79 is earning a passel of positive reviews for his newest nonfiction about the Lost Colony of Roanoke.

His latest book, The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke, has received strong praise in reviews published in publications that circulate internationally, including the Washington Post, The Economist, and the online reviewing site, GoodReads, as well as local newspapers, The Virginian-Pilot and The Daily Press.

Greg Schneider, who works in the Richmond bureau of the Washington Post, praised the historical depth of the work, which is conveyed in a style that keeps the story moving. He notes, “As a writer for Science magazine, National Geographic and Smithsonian, Lawler has a polished, pop-history writing style — informative without seeming dense, entertaining but not pandering.”

Lawler wrote an in-depth article with numerous illustrations about the Lost Colony for the June 2018 issue of National Geographic magazine, and a shorter article for USA Today. Lawler’s previous work of nonfiction, Why Did the Chicken Cross the World? The Epic Saga of the Bird that Powers Civilization, was published in 2014.

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