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Madison, Wisconsin

Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders

Join us as we celebrate our book release at Madison Central Library!

Join us in Madison on October 22nd as we celebrate the release of the very first Atlas Obscura book: Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders!

It's time to get off the beaten path. Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura celebrates over 700 of the strangest and most curious places in the world. As part of the Wisconsin Book Festival, guests will have the chance to meet co-author Ella Morton and have their books signed at Madison Central Library.
 
Talk about a bucket list: here are natural wonders—the dazzling glowworm caves in New Zealand, or a baobob tree in South Africa that's so large it has a pub inside where 15 people can drink comfortably. Architectural marvels, including the M.C. Escher-like stepwells in India. Mind-boggling events, like the Baby Jumping Festival in Spain, where men dressed as devils literally vault over rows of squirming infants. Not to mention the Great Stalacpipe Organ in Virginia, Turkmenistan's 40-year hole of fire called the Gates of Hell, a graveyard for decommissioned ships on the coast of Bangladesh, eccentric bone museums in Italy, or a weather-forecasting invention that was powered by leeches, still on display in Devon, England.
 
Created by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton, Atlas Obscura revels in the weird, the unexpected, the overlooked, the hidden and the mysterious. Every page expands our sense of how strange and marvelous the world really is. And with its compelling descriptions, hundreds of photographs, surprising charts, maps for every region of the world, it is a book to enter anywhere, and will be as appealing to the armchair traveler as the die-hard adventurer.

Anyone can be a tourist. Atlas Obscura is for the explorer.

DETAILS:
Saturday, October 22; 9pm-10pm
Entry: FREE

Madison Central Library
201 W Mifflin St.
Madison, WI 53703

This event is one of 13 taking place across the country to celebrate the launch of Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders. See the full event line-up here.