Atlas Obscura at The Last Bookstore - Atlas Obscura

Los Angeles, California

Atlas Obscura at The Last Bookstore

Come celebrate the release of our very first book, An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders!

Join us in Los Angeles on October 4th as we celebrate the release of the very first Atlas Obscura book: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders!

We welcome you to iconic favorite hotspot The Last Bookstore for a conversation and Q&A with Atlas Obscura founder Dylan Thuras (and the face of the popular 100 Wonders video series) and Casey Schreiner, the founder and editor of Together, we'll learn more about the strange, surprising, and profoundly incredible places in L.A., and across the world, that evoke a sense of wonder.

When Dylan Thuras, Joshua Foer, and Ella Morton set out to write Atlas Obscura, their goal was to create a catalog of all the places, people, and things that inspire our sense of awe and amazement (after all, when you can buy a plane ticket and be in Borneo in less than a day, the world can feel awfully small). The extraordinary result is an utterly unique guide 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. From the secret apartment Gustave Eiffel built high atop the Eiffel Tower, to the spectacular New Zealand caves lit by glowworms, to the World’s Quietest Room, each entry in Atlas Obscura includes location information, GPS coordinates, and tips on when and how best to get there—and how much to bribe the guard to get you inside.

This one-of-a-kind guide combines compelling descriptive writing with extraordinary full-color photographs, maps, and charts to share over 700 of the most unusual, fascinating, and mysterious bucket-list wonders across all eight continents. 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.

An arresting cabinet of curiosities that inspires wonderlust as much as wanderlust, Atlas Obscura proves that the world is vast and there are marvelous treasures behind every corner—if you just know where to look.

See you there!

Tuesday, October 4; 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Admission is free
RSVP for the event HERE

The Last Bookstore
453 South Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013

 A New England transplant, Casey has been hiking the trails of Southern California since 2004. When not writing about the great outdoors, Casey is also a seasoned television producer. He was Head Writer on G4’s “Attack of the Show” and a producer for its entire run, the host and co-writer of the Webby Award-honored video podcast “The MMO Report,” and the Series Producer of the pivot network’s TakePart Live. Casey has also worked with GameTrailers on their live coverage of the E3 convention, as well as projects with NatGeo and the Science and Entertainment Exchange.

Dylan Thuras is the cofounder and creative director of His pursuit of the unusual began as a teenager exploring abandoned buildings in the Midwest and eventually took him to Budapest for a year, to explore Eastern Europe’s obscure and wondrous locales.

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.