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The World's Hidden Wonders at Highland Park Public Library

Join us in Highland Park as we celebrate the release of our very first book!

Join us in Highland Park at the beautiful and historic public library as we celebrate the release of 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, October 24, we invite you to join us at the Highland Park Public Library, which first opened its doors in 1888. With co-author Ella Morton, we'll spend an evening delving into the most astonishing and curious locations featured in the book, provided courtesy of The Book Stall. 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 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.

Books will be for sale and the event will conclude with a book signing.

See you there! 

Monday, October 24; 7pm-8:30pm
Entry: FREE

Highland Park Public Libary
494 Laurel Avenue
Highland Park, IL 60035

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.