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Reading and Author Talk: The Bookmark with Author Anne Supsic

October 29, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT


Author Anne Supsic will read from her historical romance novel The Bookmark, which recreates the story of the Marquis de Lafayette and the Moravian nurse who cared for him. Following the reading, there will be a short presentation on the history and research that lead to the book.


The Bookmark

The legendary Marquis de Lafayette,

A forgotten Moravian woman who became his nurse,

And a bookmark with a secret…

1777: After being wounded at the Battle of Brandywine, the Marquis de Lafayette is taken to the isolated religious community of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where he is cared for by a Moravian Single Sister named Liesl Boeckel who has little patience with the arrogant Frenchman and his unwelcome curiosity about her life.

2005: When Abbey Prescott inherits her grandmother’s house in Bethlehem, she discovers an eighteenth-century bookmark, which may reveal a romance between Liesl and Lafayette, and she becomes determined to solve the mystery. However, her quest is complicated by the aftershocks of a failed love affair and a possible romantic entanglement of her own.

The Bookmark is an immersive romantic mystery that illuminates a little-known piece of American history through the lives of two women, separated by the centuries but alike in their determination to confront the past and find a way forward.

Anne Supsic is a docent at the Moravian Museum in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, a dedicated Francophile, and a bookmark collector. When she first learned about a possible romantic relationship between the Marquis de Lafayette and a Moravian Single Sister named Liesl Boeckel, she knew she had found the story she was meant to tell.

When she’s not at home, Anne is traveling the world with her husband (seventy countries and counting), exploring other cultures, and of course, searching for bookmarks.


Lafayette College Store, 211 McCartney Street (on College Hill, corner of High Street)
211 McCartney Street
Easton, PA 18042 United States
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