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Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, and Ella Morton

In Conversation with David Plotz

Sep 29, 2016 • 7:00 pm ET
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“Atlas Obscura may be the only thing that can still inspire me to leave my apartment.”
Lena Dunham

Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide To The World’s Hidden Wonders is the definitive guide to the most astonishing, curious, unusual, off-the-beaten path destinations and secret marvels across the globe.

From the founders of AtlasObscura.com, Joshua Foer and Dylan Thuras, with co-author Ella Morton, this one-of-a-kind guide, complete with photographs, maps, and charts, shares over 700 of the most mysterious bucket-list wonders across all eight continents. 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.

From the Glowworm Caves of New Zealand to the bioluminescent squid of Toyama Bay, each entry for the astonishing sites in Atlas Obscura includes location information and tips on when and how best to get there—and how much to bribe the guard to get you inside.

An immersive cabinet of curiosities that’s meant to inspire wonderlust as much as wanderlust by sharing places that could never be found without a tip from someone in the know, Atlas Obscura proves that the world is vast and there are marvelous treasures behind every corner—if you just know where to look.

Foer is the cofounder, chairman, and editor at large of AtlasObscura.com. He is the author of Moonwalking with Einstein and a forthcoming book about his travels with pygmies in the Congo.

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, Condé Nast Traveler, 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.

In conversation with David Plotz, CEO of AtlasObscura.com. Book signing to follow.

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