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Austin, Texas

Atlas Obscura at the Texas Book Festival

Join Atlas Obscura Senior Editor Ella Morton for a talk about the world's oddest and most awe-inspiring wonders.

Come visit the Texas Book Festival to hear highlights from our book, Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders and meet author Ella Morton!

The book has over 700 of the most unusual, fascinating, and mysterious destinations across all eight continents. Trent Gillaspie will be talking with Atlas Obscura Senior Editor Ella Morton about a few of the book's most fascinating hidden wonders from around the world, including:

  • A giant fiery hole that’s been burning in the Turkmenistan desert for 40 years.
  • The astonishing self-mummifying monks of Japan.
  • A volcanic shard home to a tiny population of palm-sized insects long thought to be extinct.

The conversation will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. The book will be available for purchase, and you'll get a chance to have it signed and chat with Ella. This event is also the perfect opportunity to explore the rest of the festival and meet other curious explorers!

The event is free and does not require tickets.