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The facade of The Drawing Center, where the FUNHOUSE interactive book fair will take place (courtesy The Drawing Center)

This weekend, at an “interactive book fair” in Manhattan, visitors will have a chance to add their own art to one-of-a-kind books. And for those who can’t draw to save their lives, have no fear — more than a dozen artists will be on hand to help.

At FUNHOUSE Book Fair, co-organized by Desert Island bookstore at The Drawing Center in Soho, guests will collaborate with resident cartoonists such as Thu Tran, Gary Lieb, Laura Perez-Harris, and Joanna Fields, whose books will also be offered for sale. The weekend-long event seems to take at least as much inspiration from county fairs as from book fairs: you’ll be able to play games of chance and participate in giveaways, too.

Companion events will feature artist talks, a zine workshop, and, according to a press release, “additional spectacles, like life-size interactive cut-outs.” Perhaps inevitably, given the name, you will also find funhouse mirrors that help your selfies look even stranger than your hand-drawn art.

An illustration by Rob Corradetti (left) and Richard McGuire (right) advertising the FUNHOUSE Book Fair.

When: March 24-25, 11am-5pm
Where: The Drawing Center (35 Wooster Street, Soho, Manhattan)

More info at The Drawing Center. Tickets cost $10 via Eventbrite.

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