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We’re so excited to be back!

We’ve implemented health and hygiene procedures so that everyone can safely shop. 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!

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 11-7pm
email nick@powerhousearena.com for recommendations and special orders

Thank you!!

—Daniel & Susanne & Chris & Megan & Nick & Brittany

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Leslie Jamison with Esmé Weijun Wang, Andre Perry,
Gregory Pardlo and Lynn Steger Strong, and an
UNPUBLISHABLE book launch!

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UNPUBLISHABLETonight, join Leslie Jamison as she talks with an amazing roster of writers about essays and obsession, all to celebrate the paperback launch of Make It Scream, Make It Burn!  Then, this weekend, celebrate with us over two days the launch of Unpublishable, the second book from Archway Editions, the brand new literary imprint of powerHouse Books started by booksellers Chris Molnar and Nicodemus Nicoludis!

Unpublishable began life as an event series right here at POWERHOUSE Arena, and now you can buy the collected works from the readings in one handsome book distributed by Simon & Schuster! This weekend many of the writers who originally read there will regroup at McGorlick Park in Brooklyn to read new unpublishable work (since everything from the book is now publishable!) and it will be simulcast on Zoom too.

You can also watch all our past virtual events – they’re up on YouTube now – and check out the great slate we have for the rest of the year here!

Don’t Let Indies Get #BoxedOut!

Web We’re proud to join the national “Don’t Box Out Bookstores Event” to rally support for indie bookstores. The brown Amazon boxes have become ubiquitous, but they’re boxing out local bookstores, resulting in loss of local jobs and local tax dollars. All month and for all of your holiday shopping needs, Shop Indie, Shop Local, and don’t let your favorite stores get #BoxedOut.

WebWondering how you can support our independent bookstores in particular? Read on to find out about our upcoming events and see a selection of new releases we think you and your loved ones would enjoy. And don’t forget to stop into the stores to browse and get an early start on your holiday shopping!

We’ve got everything you need, including the pre-order for the new Barack Obama book!  Buy the new Penguin Classic Audre Lorde, Jess Walter’s long awaited new novel, the fabulous poetry debut from Lana Del Rey, Marilynne Robinson‘s latest in her epic Gilead series, the latest cookbook from Ottolenghi, essays from Terry Tempest WilliamsKaren Russell‘s amazing novella now in print (which we launched and have signed copies of!), the memoir from Matthew McConaughey and the beautiful paperback of Darcy Steinke’s middle aged manifesto!

Want to listen instead of look?  Check out our Libro.fm storefront!

Call +1-718-666-3049 during open hours
or e-mail chris@powerhousearena.com to pick up!
Or head to our virtual store where you can also buy these great titles:
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Violent Bent cold millions flash count diary The Cancer Journals

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RBG A life Also check out our Ruth Bader Ginsburg books!
Celebrate the legacy of America’s favorite jurist with these delectable books about her life for all ages!

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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.

We are now OPEN seven days a week in our two stores – bring your mask and wallet and get ready to shop and support your local indie bookstore!

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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 11-7pm
Email chris@powerhousearena.com for recommendations and special orders.

Thank you!!
– Susanne & Chris & Megan & Nick & Brittany

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Upcoming Virtual Book Launches!

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Virtual Paperback Launch: Make It Scream, Make It Burn by Leslie Jamison in conversation with Esmé Weijun Wang, Andre Perry, Gregory Pardlo and Lynn Steger Strong
Tuesday, October 20, 7-8PM
With the virtuosic synthesis of memoir, criticism, and journalism for which Leslie Jamison has been so widely acclaimed, the fourteen essays in Make It Scream, Make It Burn explore the oceanic depths of longing and the reverberations of obsession.Register here
Buy the book

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UNPUBLISHABLE ARCHWAY EDITIONS PRESENTS the virtual book launch of UNPUBLISHABLE live in Brooklyn!
Saturday, October 24, 4-6PM
Sunday, October 25, 4-6PM
Join us for the launch of the second book in powerHouse Books’ new lit line, Archway Editions, started by booksellers Chris Molnar and Nicodemus Nicoludis.  This collection of works read at the Unpublishable Reading Series at POWERHOUSE will be officially launched outdoors in Brooklyn with a simulcast live stream featuring many of the writers in the book, and some surprises too!  On 10/24 and 10/25 there will be readings from 4pm-6pm.Register here
Buy the book

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ARCHWAY EDITIONS PRESENTS the virtual book launch of ACID VIRGA live in Brooklyn!
Tuesday, November 17, 7-8PM

From the co-founder of Wendy’s Subway, comes the poetry debut of the year, a memoir in verse that Alice Notley calls “rather terrifying, also a tour de force and a formal breakthrough . . . a blend of narrative and lyric the way the mind is.” We’ll have a gala debut with surprise guests – stay tuned!

Register here
Buy the book

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Virtual Book Launch: Love Poems for the Office by John Kenney
Tuesday, December 1, 7-8PM

With the same brilliant wit and biting realism that made Love Poems for Married People, Love Poems for People with Children, and Love Poems for Anxious People such hits, John Kenney is back with a brand new collection that tackles the hilarity of life in the office. From waiting in line for the printer and revising spreadsheet after spreadsheet, to lukewarm coffee, office politics, and the daily patterns of your most annoying–and lovable–coworkers, Kenney masterfully captures the warmth and humor of working the “9 to 5” in today’s modern era.

Register here
Buy the book

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Did you miss Ishmael Reed and Gerald Horne?
Click below for video of the event!

10/6 Ishmael Reed and Gerald Horne
Buy the book here!

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Did you miss Peter Mendelsund and David J. Alworth?
Click below for video of the event!

10/7 Peter Mendelsund and David J. Alworth
Buy the book here!

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Did you miss Michele Morano and James Cañón?
Click below for video of the event!

10/13 Michele Morano and James Cañón
Buy the book here!

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Featured Picks From Our Staff!rule


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Chris’s Pick:

Mumbo Jumbo
by Ishmael Reed

An infectious dance craze as the soul of Blackness in an alternate history of civilization truer than the “official” records, none of the dad-joke cheese of Pynchon and more densely well read, but with the same premonitory vision of America’s conspiratorial soul, but deeper and more fraught, both metaphor for and example of racism and suppression of Black accomplishment, hardly more than 200 pages with illustrations but encompassing all of recorded history, and enough packed in to give a different reading every time. If you believe that great American writing is destined to fulfill the world’s myths with the outsider vernacular of our culture, what you see in books like Moby Dick or The Making of Americans or Libra then this is maybe the Great American Novel; Dionysian Afrocentrism revealed as the pendulum controlling time. Offhandedly hilarious and incisively observant of the American situation, as relevant tomorrow as it was fifty years ago.

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Megan’s Pick

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark
by Michelle McNamara

True crime journalist Michelle McNamara spent the last years of her life deeply obsessed with the then unsolved case of the infamous Golden State Killer.  She scoured thousands of police reports and other documents, tracking down clues all over the internet with fellow civilian detectives and law enforcement officials alike. They were all searching for the violent psychopathic serial rapist and murderer who had terrorized California for over ten years before vanishing. After Michelle’s sudden death in 2016, her book was finished by her lead researcher and a fellow crime journalist using notes that Michelle left behind. Michelle’s enthralling writing immerses you in the time of the Golden State Killer attacks and will keep you awake at night. Part true crime story and part the story of Michelle’s obsession with a killer she never got to see brought to justice, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark is an instant classic.

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Nick’s Pick:

Sleepless Nights
by Elizabeth Hardwick

Caught somewhere between fiction, memoir and collage, Sleepless Nights is a cerebral series of vignettes which follow a woman whose circumstances closely follows Hardwick’s. This book is a meditation on a life and trades plot for layers of deep description and thought. Hardwick was a dynamic critic, founder of The New York Review of Books and a courageous writer whose language drives this book forward, page by page, scene by scene.

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