Brooke Barker & Boaz Frankel: Let's be Weird Together

Thursday January 23: 7:30PM 8:30PM

Purchase a copy of LET’S BE WEIRD TOGETHER: A Book About Love or a $15 gift card in-store to attend this event. The event will take place in the Art Department on the Strand's 2nd floor.

Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the event.

Something interesting tends to happen when two people fall in love and form a relationship. They don’t become more normal…they get weirder. That’s what Brooke Barker, creator of The New York Times bestselling book and Instagram account Sad Animal Facts (with over 340K followers), discovered when she met her husband Boaz Frankel. After investigating the matter further, the couple uncovered a treasure trove of weird relationship history—eccentric historic couples, odd animal mating rituals, strange gifts of affection—leading them to realize that they weren’t the only weirdos out there. And so, LET’S BE WEIRD TOGETHER: A Book About Love was born. 

This colorful and fully illustrated compendium of quirky love contains a sampling of strange love-related laws (in New Orleans, fortune tellers and palm readers are not able to officiate at weddings), a selection of untraditional romantic getaway destinations (get hitched at Voodoo Doughnuts and snack on some donuts customized to resemble the newlyweds), a flowchart to help couples determine the type of pet that best suits them, and more.

Join us on the second floor art department for a lively and highly interactive discussion with Brooke and Boaz.

Brooke Barker is the creator of the Sad Animal Facts Instagram account and author of the New York Times bestselling book of the same name and its sequel, Sad Animal Babies. Brooke has contributed to the New York Times, Lenny Letter, the Guardian, Cup of Jo, The Stranger, and more. Her books have been translated into nine languages and her comics have been featured by New York Magazine, Forbes, Bustle, Entertainment Weekly, Fast Company, Mashable, POPSUGAR, Parade, and the Guardian, among others. Brooke currently works as a freelance writer and illustrator.

Boaz Frankel is a filmmaker, writer, and talk show host. For six years Boaz hosted the Pedal Powered Talk Show, a talk show built into a bicycle that traveled all over the United States. When Boaz isn’t breaking Guinness World Records for the most high fives in an hour, appearing on NBC’s TODAY show, or starring in a Dutch television segment called Boaz Goes Dutch, he creates quirky documentaries, curates a kazoo museum, and takes Kip (Boaz and Brooke’s dog) on long walks.