Hybrid Event at Congregation Beth Israel: Andrew Lawler presents Under Jerusalem: The Buried History of the World's Most Contested City

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Image shows a brown border with a white box containing: Andres Lawler (photo shown) presents UNDER JERUSALEM (book cover shown). Sunday, November 7th, 7 PM ET.

Malaprop's is pleased to partner with host Congregation Beth Israel and co-sponsors Asheville Jewish Community CenterCenter for Jewish Studies at UNCA, and Congregation Beth Ha Tephila to present this hybrid event with Andrew Lawler.

Andrew Lawler will be introduced by Elizabeth Kostova, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Historian and The Shadow Land.

There is an option to attend virtually and a limited number of seats are available to attend in person at Congregation Beth Israel. Registration is required for both in-person and virtual attendance. 

  • Please click here to register for the VIRTUAL event. The link required to attend will be emailed to registrants prior to the event. 
  • Please click here to register for the IN-PERSON event. Please note that in order to attend the event at Congregation Beth Israel you must be vaccinated and wear a mask. Please read the registration form carefully for other important information.

Andrew Lawler will sign and personalize books for those who pre-order Under Jerusalem and for those who purchase books at the in-person event. To request personalization when you pre-order online, use the order comments field to tell us to whom the book should be signed, e.g. "To Sarah."

Like most of our events, this event is free. If you decide to attend and purchase the author's books, we ask that you purchase from Malaprop's. When you do this you make it possible for us to continue hosting author events and you keep more dollars in our community. Thank you!


In 1863, a French politician and adventurer heard a rumor of biblical treasures beneath Jerusalem. At the time, Jerusalem was a venerable backwater, not the thriving religious center we think of today. Archaeology itself was in its infancy--more a pastime for treasure-hunting aristocrats than a legitimate scientific discipline. But when Louis-Felicien Joseph Caignart De Saulcy found a stone sarcophagus inside an ancient tomb, explorers from England, Germany, and Russia followed in his footsteps, competing with one another to make the next big find. De Saulcy's dig gave rise not only to a new field; it opened a Pandora's Box, turning Jerusalem into the most disputed piece of land on Earth

Andrew Lawler is the author of three books, Under Jerusalem: The Buried History of the World’s Most Contested City, The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke, a national bestseller, and Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?: The Epic Saga of the Bird that Powers Civilization.  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. He is contributing writer for Science and contributing editor for Archaeology. Andrew’s work has appeared several times in The Best of Science and Nature Writing.

Event address: 
Congregation Beth Israel
229 Murdock Ave
Asheville, NC 28804
Under Jerusalem: The Buried History of the World's Most Contested City Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9780385546850
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday - November 2nd, 2021

The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781101974605
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Anchor - June 4th, 2019