THE POWERHOUSE ARENA — a laboratory for creative thought.

Home to world-renowned art book publisher powerHouse Books, the Arena is a gallery, boutique, book store, performance, and events space located at 37 Main Street, in New York City’s scenic DUMBO neighborhood. With soaring 24-foot ceilings on the 5,000 square foot ground floor (with over 175 linear-feet of glass frontage and amphitheater-style seating), the powerHouse Arena showcases a series of landmark exhibitions, performances, and controlled mayhem fusing the worlds of art, photography, design, fashion, pop culture, advertising, music, dance, film, and television into a glorious whirlwind of captivating spectacle. One of twelve places to see in The New York Times36 Hours: Photography in NYC!
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“They’re consistently spot-on with book launch / talk programming, and they’re our go-to for literary events.”
— Brightest Young Things

“The powerHouse Arena is quickly becoming one of the best spots to hear authors read their work.”
— Time Out New York

“The powerHouse Arena has all the books you want, and none of the ones you don’t. It’s Great!”
— DC Pierson – Author of The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To

“powerHouse events are all-out parties rather than staid readings. Attention is paid to pairing the right music with the right book-performers from Kool DJ Red Alert to the MisShapes have played book parties-and an open bar is almost always part of the equation.”
— Publishers Weekly

“If you are looking for great kids’ books, powerHouse Arena has done all of the work for you. They have assembled such a fun collection of books that you can not go wrong. Beautiful classics, new discoveries, unexpected treasures. Go there now.”
— Jon Scieszka – Author of The Stinky Cheese Man

“powerHouse Arena is one of the few places in the city where writers and readers can have a dialog in what has to be the most impressive reading space any indie bookstore offers. It’s a great reminder why independent bookstores are so necessary, and what their function is in a democracy; it gives all of us an opportunity, to openly discuss, in public, face to face questions of the day. The fact that they serve alcohol is, of course, no minor benefit.”
— Joe Meno – Author of The Great Perhaps

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Upcoming Events:

Cookbook Launch:  Street Vegan: Recipes and Dispatches from The Cinnamon Snail Food Truck by Adam Sobel in conversation with Manish Engineer
Cookbook Launch: Street Vegan: Recipes and Dispatches from The Cinnamon Snail Food Truck by Adam Sobel in conversation with Manish Engineer
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Four-time Vendy Award-winning vegan food truck owner Adam Sobel brings the flavors of street cuisine to your kitchen with recipes like Fried Dandelion Greens with Lemon Garlic Potatoes and Brown Sugar-Bourbon Glazed Seitan. Taste and learn how to recreate these treats for yourself!

NYC Book Launch: My Struggle: Book Four by Karl Ove Knausgaard with Ben Lerner
NYC Book Launch: My Struggle: Book Four by Karl Ove Knausgaard with Ben Lerner
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In the long awaited fourth installment of the internationally acclaimed My Struggle series, Knausgaard presents his readers with an absorbing autobiographical account of youthful idealism and the realities of adulthood.

NYC Book Launch: Only the Strong by Jabari Asim in conversation with Mike Sacks
NYC Book Launch: Only the Strong by Jabari Asim in conversation with Mike Sacks
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This début novel from an acclaimed editor and writer explores urban life in the first years after the King assassination, using the masterfully intertwined stories of a retired “leg breaker,” an aging kingpin, an altruistic pediatrician, and a foster child turned college student.

Book Launch: Our Town by Kevin Jack McEnroe
Book Launch: Our Town by Kevin Jack McEnroe
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Our Town is the debut of a striking literary voice, one that captures the disillusion at the fringes of Hollywood as seen through a haze of drugs, alcohol, abuse, and fallen aspirations.

Book Launch: Extraordinary People: A Semi-Comprehensive Guide to Some of the World’s Most Fascinating Individuals by Michael Hearst
Book Launch: Extraordinary People: A Semi-Comprehensive Guide to Some of the World’s Most Fascinating Individuals by Michael Hearst
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Join Hearst and his guitar as he shares 50 tales of extraordinary characters who defied the odds and made history. Book themed snacks such as Nestle Toll House Cookies (as invented by Ruth Wakefield) will be served.

POW! Kids Book Launch: Only Fish Fall From the Sky by Leif Parson
POW! Kids Book Launch: Only Fish Fall From the Sky by Leif Parson
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A dreamworld where it rains fish instead of water, people dance through dinner, and children sleep with tigers–welcome to the imagination of author/artist Leif Parsons, whose detailed dreamscapes make ONLY FISH FALL FROM THE SKY a charming bedtime book sure to fascinate young readers and their parents. Join Leif Parsons from 3:30 to 5:30 PM on 5/17 at The POWERHOUSE Arena for a celebration of his art.

Book Launch: The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson in conversation with Eileen Myles
Book Launch: The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson in conversation with Eileen Myles
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In her most personal book yet, poet, critic, scholar and nonfiction writer Maggie Nelson recons with the complexities and joys of queer family-making through a firsthand account that blends memoir with critical theory.

Book Launch: The Brink by Austin Bunn
Book Launch: The Brink by Austin Bunn
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In his debut short story collection, Austin Bunn weaves a host of diverse worlds, which are often apocalyptic and always tender.

Book Launch: Bad Kid by David Crabb
Book Launch: Bad Kid by David Crabb
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David Crabb’s Bad Kid, an adaptation of his award winning solo show, perfectly captures the awkward moment in life when you are suddenly shoved from a safe and happy childhood into the terrifying realm of the teenager.

Book Launch: P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
Book Launch: P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
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Best selling YA author Jenny Han brings us another instant classic about family and first love with her endlessly relatable characters and signature voice.

NYC Paperback Book Launch: Carsick by John Waters in conversation with Mike Sacks
NYC Paperback Book Launch: Carsick by John Waters in conversation with Mike Sacks
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Cult film legend John Waters recounts his trek from Baltimore to San Francisco, armed with a cardboard sign that reads “I’m Not Psycho.” He meets some unexpected characters as he hits the open road.

powerHouse Books Book Launch: Reflections from Hell: Richard Lewis' Guide on How Not to Live By Richard Lewis and Carl Nicholas Titolo
powerHouse Books Book Launch: Reflections from Hell: Richard Lewis' Guide on How Not to Live By Richard Lewis and Carl Nicholas Titolo
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Acclaimed comedian Richard Lewis speaks in conversation with Carl Nicholas Titolo about their newest powerHouse Book, Reflections from Hell. Together they will talk about their illustrated aphorisms, sure to lure you into a night of laughter.

Book Launch: What's Your Story? by Brandon Doman
Book Launch: What's Your Story? by Brandon Doman
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What’s Your Story is a powerful culmination of The Strangers Project, a mission Doman undertook in 2009 to collect true experiences from complete strangers by asking them one simple yet revealing question.

Book Launch: The Sunlit Night by Rebecca Dinerstein moderated by Darin Strauss
Book Launch: The Sunlit Night by Rebecca Dinerstein moderated by Darin Strauss
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In Rebecca Dinerstein’s debut novel, protagonists Frances and Yasha venture to a desolate island in search of solitude, but find companionship in their unexpected bond.

powerHouse Books Launch: One Thing Leads to Another by Dan Stiles in conversation with Allison Saltzman
powerHouse Books Launch: One Thing Leads to Another by Dan Stiles in conversation with Allison Saltzman
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Join Dan Stiles and Allison Saltzman, the art director at Ecco (HarperCollins), for a discussion about Dan’s newest book, One Thing Leads to Another. Stiles fuses the metaphoric with the depraved for a visually enticing ride.

Book Launch: War of the Encyclopaedists by Christopher Robinson and Gavin Kovite in conversation with Phil Klay
Book Launch: War of the Encyclopaedists by Christopher Robinson and Gavin Kovite in conversation with Phil Klay
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War of the Encyclopaedists is an exhilarating debut novel written by a poet and a soldier chronicling a generation struggling towards adulthood in an era of economic uncertainty, terror, and war.

NYC book launch party: The Happiness Industry by William Davies in conversation with Simon Critchley
NYC book launch party: The Happiness Industry by William Davies in conversation with Simon Critchley
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In eye opening this exploration of the recent obsession with happiness, William Davies asks, why are we so interested in measuring happiness?

Book Launch: The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty by Vendela Vida
Book Launch: The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty by Vendela Vida
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In The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty, acclaimed author Vendela Vida’s wayward protagonist loses herself in foreign place and inside the guise of a famous actress, as she is hired as a stand in, forcing her to negotiate her own identity.

Book Launch: Here She Comes Now: Women in Music Who Have Changed Our Lives edited by Jeff Gordinier and Marc Weingarten
Book Launch: Here She Comes Now: Women in Music Who Have Changed Our Lives edited by Jeff Gordinier and Marc Weingarten
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Here She Comes Now is a tribute to the significance of female musicians throughout history, as writers from across the board describe the effect musicians like Patti Smith and Stevie Nicks have had on their lives.

Book Launch: Such Mean Estate by Ryan Spencer in conversation with Leslie Jamison and Ryan Britt
Book Launch: Such Mean Estate by Ryan Spencer in conversation with Leslie Jamison and Ryan Britt
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Photographer Ryan Spencer sits down Leslie Jamison to discuss his newest work, Such Mean Estate.