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The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story

September 11, 2017, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

A Rainy Day Books author event co-sponsored by the Linda Hall Library.
The event will be held at Unity Temple on the Plaza.

The lecture

Douglas Preston will give a multimedia presentation on his new softcover, The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story.

Since the days of conquistador Hernan Cortes, rumors have circulated about an ancient White City of immense wealth hidden in the Honduran interior. Indigenous tribes spoke of ancestors who had fled there to escape the Spanish, warning that anyone who disturbs this sacred city will fall ill and die. Myths of treasure and every imaginable curse run rampant – but the fact that the city existed somewhere out in the jungles of Mosquitia, was widely accepted by Hondurans. In 1940, swashbuckling journalist Theodore Morde returned from the jungle with hundreds of artifacts and tantalizing stories of having seen the crumbling walls of the Lost City of the Monkey God for himself. Soon after, he committed suicide without revealing its mysterious location.

Three quarters of a century later, Douglas Preston climbed aboard a rickety, single-engine plane carrying a machine that would change everything: LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), an expensive laser technology on loan from NASA that could map the terrain under the dense rainforest canopy to a resolution within three feet. That flight revealed for the first time an unmistakable image of a sprawling metropolis, tantalizing proof of not just the mythical city but an entire lost civilization – contemporaries of, but distinct from the Mayans. A book signing follows the presentation.

The author

Douglas Preston worked as a writer and editor for the American Museum of Natural History and taught writing at Princeton University. He has written for The New YorkerNatural HistoryNational GeographicHarper’sSmithsonian, and The Atlantic. The author of several acclaimed nonfiction books—including the Bestseller The Monster of Florence—Preston is also the co-author with Lincoln Child of the bestselling series of novels featuring FBI Agent Pendergast.

Admission tickets

Admission tickets are $15.99 (plus sales tax) for one or two people. Please register at the Rainy Day Books website.

Tickets include one autographed softcover of The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story, one stamped autographing admission ticket, and one guest admission ticket (if needed).

Event location

The event will held at Unity Temple on The Plaza, 707 W. 47th St., Kansas City, Missouri.


September 11, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Unity Temple on the Plaza
707 W 47th St.
Kansas City, MO 64112 United States
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