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Portland, Oregon

Atlas Obscura at Powell's City of Books

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

Join us in Portland on October 7th as we celebrate the release of the very first Atlas Obscura book: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders!

When Joshua Foer, Ella Morton, and Dylan Thuras set out to write Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders, 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 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.

On Friday, October 7th, we welcome you to Powell's City of Books, one of the most beloved bookstores in the world, for an evening of conversation, discovery, and exploration. Together with Atlas Obscura founder Dylan Thuras, we'll delve into the most astonishing and curious locations featured in the book. 

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.

A book signing will follow.

See you there!

DETAILS:
Friday, October 7
7:30pm - 9:00pm
Entry: FREE

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St. 
Portland, OR 97209

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.