Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light
by Paul Bogard

Little, Brown/July 2013

Translated into five languages.

Short-listed for the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award; a finalist for the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award, a Silver Nautilus Award winner, and a Gizmodo Best Book of 2013.

“a lyrical and far-reaching book (that) feels like an essential addition to the literature of nature.” - Boston Globe

"Absorbing... The End of Night delivers a forceful...critique of our overexposed world." -- Wall Street Journal

"It's impossible to read it without feeling the impulse to set out for the spaces beyond the city limits and spread out a blanket under the stars." -- Columbus Dispatch

"Bogard's exploration of what electrical illumination is doing to humans--biologically, culturally, and neurologically--is fascinating from cover to cover." -- Gizmodo

A "poetic, rich book."—The Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Bogard makes a solid case for hitting the national dimmer switch." -- Mother Jones

"A hymn to vanished darkness. A literary journey. This is a rich book. As you read it, you too will want to reclaim the night and perhaps rediscover the heavens of the Enlightenment." -- Nature

"It's impossible not to read this thorough and engaging survey of the subject and not be convinced [that light pollution matters]." -- Evening Standard

"terrific ... moving, poetic, immersive, multifaceted, and thought-provoking" book that will open your eyes to the night." - Publishers Weekly

Smart, surprising, and thoroughly enjoyable." --Booklist

"This is an important and beautifully narrated journey into our endangered inheritance: the sleep-silvery dark of night."--David George Haskell, author of The Forest Unseen

"The most precious things in the modern world are probably silence, solitude, and darkness--and of these three rarities, true darkness may be the rarest of all. Many thanks to Paul Bogard for searching out the dark spots and reminding us to celebrate them!"--Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature


A deeply panoramic tour of the night, from its brightest spots to the darkest skies we have left.

A starry night is one of nature's most magical wonders. Yet in our artificially lit world, three-quarters of Americans' eyes never switch to night vision and most of us no longer experience true darkness. In THE END OF NIGHT, Paul Bogard restores our awareness of the spectacularly primal, wildly dark night sky and how it has influenced the human experience across everything from science to art.

From Las Vegas' Luxor Beam—the brightest single spot on this planet--to nights so starlit the sky looks like snow, Bogard blends personal narrative, natural history, science, and history to shed light on the importance of darkness—what we've lost, what we still have, and what we might regain—and the simple ways we can reduce the brightness of our nights tonight.

About the Author
Paul Bogard is the author of THE END OF NIGHT: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light, published by Little, Brown. He is editor of the anthology LET THERE BE NIGHT: Testimony on Behalf of the Dark. A native Minnesotan, Paul grew up watching the stars and moon from a lake in the northern part of the state. He has lived and taught in New Mexico, Nevada, Wisconsin, and North Carolina, and is now assistant professor of English at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.