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We’re so excited to be back!

We’ve implemented health and hygiene procedures so that everyone can safely shop as soon as we’re allowed to open on Monday. Just a few quick guidelines:

  • Everyone over the age of 2 – wear a mask, please!
  • 50% store capacity, and browsing for 10-15 minutes.
  • Please practice social distancing, and supervise your kids – no sitting or reading.
  • Limit touching books as much as possible – our staff can help you out if you need!

In more fun news, everything in-store is 20% off from Monday-Thursday!!  We’ve got to clear out the old for the new, and we need your help to buy our books, cards, and gifts!

Park Slope
1111 8th Av. Brooklyn, NY 11215 – Seven days a week from 11-6pm
email megan@powerhousearena.com for recommendations and special orders

Dumbo
28 Adams St. Brooklyn, NY 11201 – Seven days a week from 10-6pm
email nick@powerhousearena.com for recommendations and special orders

Thank you!!

– Daniel & Susanne & Chris & Megan & Nick & Brittany

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Summer is here!  Stay safe and catch up on your reading!

With all the important, dramatic goings-on right now, there is a backlog of fun, exciting summer reads for you to catch up on (and you’ll have a little bit more time than usual this year!)  Once you’re done checking your COVID status and volunteering for jail support to help protestors, you’re gonna want to unwind. We’ve got lots of great new books in the store and online – click any of the book covers below to order shipped directly to home!  Jean Kyoung Frazier and Megha Majumdar are virtually coming to POWERHOUSE for A Burning Pizza Affair on July 16th – read their brand new, exciting debuts today so that you can ask them questions!  Legendary polymath Bill Buford got to live the dream cooking in France, Brit Bennnett has a hotly anticipated new book, and we’ve got many more too, for every taste and interest.
If you scroll to the bottom, we have a great slate of more virtual events coming up – including Nicola Maye Goldberg‘s new thriller Nothing Can Hurt You, the all-too apropos This Is What Democracy Looked Like by Alicia Yin Cheng, the gala relaunch for Nation of Ulysses (and Chain and the Gang) frontman Ian Svenonious‘ classic The Psychic Soviet, and POWERHOUSE favorite Chelsea Hodson in conversation with underground legend Blake Butler about his first new book in six years, Alice Knott. That’s the just the beginning –  it’s a cruel summer, but we’re here to help you through!
And don’t forget – powerHouse Books is donating 50% of proceeds from our brand new photobook Our Voices, Our Streets to The Bail Project – it’s a beautiful book, a great cause, and a timely subject!
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Call 718-666-3049 during open hours
or e-mail nick@powerhousearena.com to pick up!
Or head to our virtual store where you can buy these great titles:
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You can also buy an online gift card!  You can use the code in our e-commerce store, or else take it into the store to be redeemed for a physical one.Check out our storefront windows at 8th Ave between 11th and 12th Street and on Adams St. between Water and Front Streets for more gift ideas and window shopping.We ship and offer contact-free pick up:Park Slope
1111 8th Av. Brooklyn, NY 11215 – Mon-Fri 1-6:30pm and Sat and Sun: 11-6pm
email megan@powerhousearena.com for recommendations and special ordersDumbo
28 Adams St. Brooklyn, NY 11201 – Seven days a week from 12-6pm
email nick@powerhousearena.com for recommendations and special ordersThank you!!- Daniel & Susanne & Chris & Megan & Nick & Brittany

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Nothing-Can-Hurt-You-jacket-art Virtual Book Launch: Nothing Can Hurt You by Nicola Maye Goldberg
Tuesday, June 23, 7-8PM

A propulsive, taut tale of voyeurism and obsession, Nothing Can Hurt You dares to examine gendered violence not as an anomaly, but as the very core of everyday life. Tracing the concentric circles of violence rippling out from a murder, Nicola Maye Goldberg masterfully conducts an unforgettable chorus of disparate voices.

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PAP_Democracy_COVER_400 Virtual Book Launch: This Is What Democracy Looked Like by Alicia Yin Chen
Thursday, June 25, 7-8PM

This Is What Democracy Looked Like, the first illustrated history of printed ballot design, illuminates the noble but often flawed process at the heart of our democracy. An exploration and celebration of US ballots from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, this visual history reveals unregulated, outlandish, and, at times, absurd designs that reflect the explosive growth and changing face of the voting public.

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PsychicSoviet Virtual Book Launch: The Psychic Soviet by Ian Svenonius
Monday, July 6, 7-8PM

A new, expanded collection of essays and articles from one of the mainstays of the Washington, DC, underground rock and roll scene, The Psychic Soviet is Ian F. Svenonius’s groundbreaking first book of writings. The selections are written in a lettered yet engaging style, filled with parody and biting humor that subvert capitalist culture, and cover such topics as the ascent of the DJ as a star, the “cosmic depression” that followed the defeat of the USSR, how Seinfeld caused the bankruptcy of modern pop culture, and the status of rock and roll as a religion.

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Alice Nott Virtual Book Launch: Alice Knott by Blake Butler in conversation with Chelsea Hodson
Tuesday, July 7, 7-8PM

Butler’s first new novel in seven years, ALICE KNOTT marks the welcome return of an influential writer whose work has earned comparisons to figures like David Lynch and William S. Burroughs. With its provocative yet sympathetic portrait of a woman under siege from without and within, ALICE KNOTT is a timely exploration of the meaning of art, the weaponization of culture, and the fragility of the conscious self—as well as a deeply humane portrait of a woman whose struggles feel both apocalyptic and dangerously, universally real.

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Did you miss the launch for Mercy?
The book is still 10% off for a very limited time – click below for video of the events and to
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Chris’s Pick:

Deschooling Society
by Ivan Illich

With the specter of massive student debt hanging over an entire generation, and with school as we know it suddenly and fundamentally questioned by the abrupt movement to all-virtual platforms, what better time to read Ivan Illich’s radical, ever-timely Deschooling Society? A priest, teacher and philosopher, Illich had a profound and provocative take on institutional education as empty, self-perpetuating, and not remotely doing what it purports to. Everyone knows a teacher or student in dire straits today – let’s do them all a favor and think critically about the system that is failing them.

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Brittany’s Pick

Arboretum
by David Byrne

This book is made up of sketches of trees and their root systems (as well as some more straightforward looking graphs) hand drawn by David Byrne. Each diagram is made up by words that usually have a theme, but is not very obvious. Think New York Magazine’s Approval Matrix, but no explanations, rarely titled, and all illustrations are done in a No. 2 pencil.

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Nick’s Pick:

The Detroit Printing Co-op by Danielle Aubert

After purchasing a used military printing press, Lorraine and Fredy Perlman, along with a group of friends formed the Detroit Printing Co-op. Of their more notable work, they were the first to print English translation of Guy Debord’s Society of the Spectacle and worked to create a catalog of zines, books, broadsheets and other ephemere which captured their radical ethos and aesthetic. This book is an indispensable source and history of the Co-op and a beautiful statement on the importance of publishing and printing.

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