New York, New York

An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders

Join authors Dylan Thuras & Ella Morton at the New York Public Library for a presentation of highlights from the Atlas Obscura book!

Join us at the New York Public Library to celebrate Atlas Obscura's very first book: Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders!

When Joshua Foer, Ella Morton, and Dylan Thuras set out to write the Explorer's Guide, their goal was to create a catalog of all the places, people, and things that inspire our sense of wonder. The extraordinary result is an utterly unique compendium that combines compelling descriptive writing with arresting full-color photographs, maps, and charts to share over 700 of the most unusual, fascinating, and mysterious bucket-list destinations across all eight continents.

Monday, April 17 we invite you to join us at the New York Public Library's iconic Mid-Manhattan location for an evening with Atlas Obscura co-founder Dylan Thuras and author Ella Morton as we delve into the most astonishing and curious locations featured in the book. Such wonders include:

  • A fire that’s been burning in the Turkmenistan desert for 40 years.
  • Thousands of synchronized fireflies that inexplicably flash in unison in a cluster of mangrove trees outside Kuala Lumpur.
  • The self-mummifying monks of Japan.
  • The world’s only museum dedicated to displaying art made from human hair.

Afterwards, you'll have the chance to get your books signed and chat with Morton and Thuras. It's also the perfect opportunity to meet other curious explorers—potential adventure buddies with whom you can check out our local New York events and maybe even upcoming international trips!

This event is free and seating will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Tickets are not needed for this event.

Mid-Manhattan Library
455 5th Ave., 6th floor
New York, NY 10016

Thuras is the cofounder and creative director of AtlasObscura.com. His pursuit of the unusual began as a teenager exploring abandoned buildings in the Midwest.

Morton has written for Slate and CNET. As the host of the travel show Rocketboom NYC, she uncovered underground oddities and interviewed Cookie Monster and Elmo on the set of Sesame Street.

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