One Book, One Conference

One Book, One Conference Lunch Program

Presented by AzLA President Dan Stanton

Thursday, November 19th

Headshot of Toby Lester

Toby Lester

Join us for lunch and a discussion of The Fourth Part of the World: An Astonishing Epic of Global Discovery, Imperial Ambition, and the Birth of America by Toby Lester. Described by journalist Simon Winchester as a “masterpiece of cartographic literature that will be of lasting importance”, The Fourth Part of the World chronicles the discovery of the Waldseemüller world map of 1507; the map that gave America its name. This talk will cover the information-sharing network that formed during the early Renaissance, and how the dissemination of books through that network advanced geographical understanding and encouraged exploration.


Toby Lester, the author of Da Vinci’s Ghost (2012) and The Fourth Part of the World (2009), is a writer, editor, and currently the journalism fellow at Boston College’s Institute for the Liberal Arts. He is a longtime contributor to The Atlantic, for whom he has written extensively. Between 1995 and 2006 he worked for the magazine in a number of different capacities—as a staff editor, as the executive editor of the website, as a senior editor, and as the managing editor. He has also served as the editorial director of Boston (2012-2013), the editor of Country Journal (2000-2001), and the executive editor of DoubleTake (1999-2000). His writing has appeared in The AtlanticSmithsonianThe Boston Globe, The American Scholar, The Wilson Quarterly, BBC News MagazineThe Huffington Post, The London Times, and other publications, and in a number of anthologies, including the New Literary History of America (2009).