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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 10-6pm
email nick@powerhousearena.com for recommendations and special orders

Thank you!!

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

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Pre-order the new Elena Ferrante book!

She’s back!! Five years since her worldwide bestselling Neapolitan novels, excitement is building – it’s finally time. Make sure you’re ready to go and pre-order The Lying Life of Adults today, to pick up as soon as it comes out on September 1!

This week for our virtual events join Margot Mifflin (author of the awesome powerHouse book Bodies of Subversion) in conversation with New York Times journalist Jessica Bennett as they talk about Margot’s new book Looking for Miss America, about the fascinating history of the Miss America Pageant. You can also catch up on the past week of events including Michael Lee Nirenberg, Spencer Wolff and Zephyr Teachout with Astra Taylor – they’re all up on YouTube now!

We’ve got must-have summer books for sale, too, whether online, in-store, or pick-up. Buy the new Zadie Smith book of timely thoughts, the first Aimee Bender novel in ten years, the new Yiyun Li, Eduardo C. Corral‘s critically acclaimed new book of poems, the exciting debut from Gabriella BurnhamMomus‘ charming and engrossing memoir, the latest from Booker winner Roddy Doyle, a new edition from the legendary Fernando Pessoa, and the latest from Lauren Beukes and Laura Van Den Berg.

Call +1-718-666-3049 during open hours
or e-mail nick@powerhousearena.com to pick up!
Or head to our virtual store where you can also buy these great titles:

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Also check out our Race & Social Justice Books!
As protests break out in New York City, in Brooklyn, and across the country in response to continued police violence against Black people in America, it is more important than ever that Non-Black people, especially white Americans, educate ourselves about the continued, systemic problem of racism in America.

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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!

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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LOOKING-FOR-MISS-AMERICA_sm Virtual Book Launch: Looking for Miss America by Margot Mifflin
Thursday, August 6, 7-8PM
In rigorously researched, vibrant chapters that unpack each decade of the pageant, Looking for Miss America examines the heady blend of capitalism, patriotism, class anxiety, and cultural mythology that has fueled this American ritual.Register here
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Virtual Book Launch: Tomboy by Lisa Selin Davis in conversation with Lauren Sandler
Tuesday, August 11, 7-8PM

Davis talks to experts from clothing designers to psychologists, historians, neuroscientists, and tomboys from 8 to 80, to illuminate debates about what is masculine and feminine; what is biological versus socially constructed; what constitutes the categories of boy and girl; and the connection between tomboyism, gender identity, and sexuality.

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Virtual Book Launch: Disappear Doppelgänger Disappear by Matthew Salesses in conversation with Cathy Park Hong
Wednesday, August 12, 7-8PM

Set in a troubling time in which a presidential candidate is endorsed by the KKK and white men in red hats stalk Harvard Square, DISAPPEAR DOPPELGÄNGER DISAPPEAR is a haunting and frighteningly funny novel about Asian American stereotypes, the desires that make us human, puns, and what happens to the self when you have to become someone else to be seen.

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Virtual Book Launch: Do What You Want by Bad Religion
Tuesday, August 18, 7-8PM

From their beginnings as teenagers experimenting in a San Fernando Valley garage dubbed “The Hell Hole” to headlining major music festivals around the world, DO WHAT YOU WANT tells the whole story of Bad Religion’s 40-year career in irreverent style.  Featuring all six members live, beamed into your home!

Register here
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Did you miss the launch for Earth A.D.?
Click below for video of the events and to buy the book!

7/28 Michael Lee Nirenberg with special guests
Buy the book here!

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Did you miss the launch for The Fire in His Wake?
Click below for video of the events and to buy the book!

7/29 Spencer Wolff with Nyuol Lueth Tong
Buy the book here!

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Did you miss the launch for Break ‘Em Up?
Click below for video of the events and to buy the book!

7/30 Zephyr Teachout with Astra Taylor
Buy the book here!

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Chris’s Pick:

Slave Play
by Jeremy O. Harris

Don’t read drama? Now’s the time to start! This acclaimed play is a quick and vital read. It has all the extreme, surreal, political elements I love about Wallace Shawn plays, but given more grounding, narrative and resolution, with bold, original things to say about race and therapy-speak. Comfortable with unresolveable contradictions while investigating them thoroughly. Natural dialogue that works a fine balance between funny, shocking and profound. Strong unforced cultural references and nothing extraneous. Just a playwright hitting the peak of their powers and staying focused & playful.

That this made it to Broadway makes me feel comforted and happy. Instant generational touchstone; in a hundred years people will talk about this.

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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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