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:

Kids Book Relaunch: Heather has Two Mommies by Lesléa Newman and illustrated by Laura Cornell
Kids Book Relaunch: Heather has Two Mommies by Lesléa Newman and illustrated by Laura Cornell
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Stop by The POWERHOUSE Arena for the re-launch a modern classic for this generation with an all-new, beautifully illustrated edition.

Book Launch Party: Cooking Your Culture with Leah Koenig, Louisa Shafia and Cathy Erway in discussion with  Beth Kracklauer
Book Launch Party: Cooking Your Culture with Leah Koenig, Louisa Shafia and Cathy Erway in discussion with Beth Kracklauer
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Three New York cookbook authors – Leah Koenig (Modern Jewish Cooking), Louisa Shafia (The New Persian Kitchen), and Cathy Erway (The Food of Taiwan) join Wall Street Journal Food & Drinks editor, Beth Kracklauer for a panel about choosing to explore their food heritages and the joys, challenges, and responsibilities that come with it.

Book Launch: Kill City: Lower East Side Squatters 1992-2000 by Ash Thayer
Book Launch: Kill City: Lower East Side Squatters 1992-2000 by Ash Thayer
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Ash Thayer’s new book chronicles the compelling story of a group of squatters who worked together to develop unorthodox survival methods in the most unenviable circumstances.

Book Launch: The Poser by Jacob Rubin with Teddy Wayne
Book Launch: The Poser by Jacob Rubin with Teddy Wayne
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In his stunning debut novel, Jacob Rubin spins a fable of Giovanni Bernini, a performer with chameleon talents who can master a host of identities, except his own.

Book Launch: Project Lives: New York Public Housing Residents Photograph Their World, Edited by George Carrano, Chelsea Davis, Jonathan Fisher
Book Launch: Project Lives: New York Public Housing Residents Photograph Their World, Edited by George Carrano, Chelsea Davis, Jonathan Fisher
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Get an in-depth look at the unstable climates of New York’s 334 housing projects, told not by sensationalists, but by the individuals with intimate knowledge of these forgotten, helpless environments.

Book Launch: The Folded Clock by Heidi Julavits
Book Launch: The Folded Clock by Heidi Julavits
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Critically acclaimed novelist Heidi Julavits makes her non-fiction debut as she delves into philosophical quandary and exposes her own quirks in a confessional and reflective diary.

Book Launch: Narcisa: Our Lady of Ashes by Jonathan Shaw
Book Launch: Narcisa: Our Lady of Ashes by Jonathan Shaw
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Drug addiction and sexual dependency collide in master tattoo artist Jonathan Shaw’s chaotic tale that follows a dysfunctional pair all the way from New York City to Rio De Janeiro.

Special Event: Marathon Reading of On Immunity by Eula Biss
Special Event: Marathon Reading of On Immunity by Eula Biss
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On Immunity tackles with grace and nuance the hot topic of why many fear immunization, delving into myth, philosophy and literature. Authors, parents and enthusiasts join together to read On Immunity from start to finish.

Book Launch: New Prophets of Capital by Nicole Aschoff
Book Launch: New Prophets of Capital by Nicole Aschoff
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Aschoff deftly exposes the flaws of our capitalist system and the new prophets who bolster it, calling out big name “ethical capitalists” such as Bill Gates and Oprah Winfrey.

Book Launch: Diary of a Madman by Brad "Scarface" Jordan with Elliott Wilson
Book Launch: Diary of a Madman by Brad "Scarface" Jordan with Elliott Wilson
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Legendary rapper and music tycoon Scarface recounts his rise to fame from his roots selling drugs in the South Side of Houston Texas to his groundbreaking music, which has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts.

Book Launch: The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna
Book Launch: The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna
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The Crossroads of Should and Must is based on designer, artist and writer Elle Luna’s viral post on Medium. This expanded manifesto helps us weigh what is expected of us with our true desires and dreams.

Book Launch: Lurid and Cute by Adam Thirlwell
Book Launch: Lurid and Cute by Adam Thirlwell
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A dreamy and adrenaline-fueled new novel from a two-time Granta Best Young Novelist.

Kids Book Launch: Brooklyn ABC: A Scrapbook to Everyone’s Favorite Borough by Krzysztof Poluchowicz
Kids Book Launch: Brooklyn ABC: A Scrapbook to Everyone’s Favorite Borough by Krzysztof Poluchowicz
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Brooklyn ABC: Brooklyn ABC is an interactive guide for local and tourist tots alike, offering an entire alphabet worth of photographs, insider tips, and insight into kid friendly locations.

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.

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: The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson
Book Launch: The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson
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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.

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 Dinerstien
Book Launch: The Sunlit Night by Rebecca Dinerstien
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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.

Book Launch: War of the Encyclopaedists by Christopher Robinson and Gavin Kovite
Book Launch: War of the Encyclopaedists by Christopher Robinson and Gavin Kovite
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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.