Book Launch: Return to the Enchanted Island by Johary Ravaloson with translator Allison M. Charette in conversation with Uzodinma Iweala
In this exhilarating prize-winning novel—only the second to be published in English from Madagascar—a young man comes of age amidst the enchanted origin myths of his island country.
From social justice to environmental activism, this radical reimagining of political activism addresses today’s most pressing problems with empowering, inclusive rituals and magical actions. Each chapter introduces a key concept, like dreaming big, experiencing magical initiation, and joining the revolution, supported by a surprising historical case study on the power of mystical action. Full of actionable ideas for magical organizing, and an appendix packed with customizable spells, REVOLUTIONARY WITCHCRAFT is the perfect companion for the magical uprising.
Book Launch: Goin' Off - The Story of the Juice Crew & Cold Chillin' Records by Ben Merlis in conversation with Masta Ace
Goin’ Off chronicles the rise and fall of the label and its partnership with Warner Bros. Records, and follows the careers of its recording artists. Roxanne Shanté was a 14-year-old battle rapper who spawned the diss record, MC Shan engaged in a legendary cross-borough feud with KRS-One, Kool G Rap was a foundational participant in what the media dubbed “gangsta rap,” Big Daddy Kane’s quick-witted lyricism changed the way people rhyme, the collegiate Masta Ace sought to uplift his community during the height of the crack epidemic, The Genius (aka GZA) co-founded the rap dynasty Wu-Tang Clan, and the enigmatic Biz Markie had the world singing along to his platinum-selling anthem “Just a Friend.”
James Klosty’s 1975 Merce Cunningham, the first book ever published on Cunningham, reincarnated for the 21st Century with 150 additional pages of photographs, many never seen before.
Special Book Panel with Dutton and Plume: the Power of Women’s Stories with Carrie Goldberg, Brenda Jones & Krishan Trotman, and Caitlin Moscatello
Women writers are helping shape the national conversation more than ever before – and it’s long overdue! Please join Publisher Christine Ball for a panel discussion with some of Dutton and Plume’s most talented, empowering, and remarkable authors who fight for and elevate women with their work: Janice Kaplan (The Gratitude Diaries and The Genius of Women), Carrie Goldberg (Nobody’s Victim), Brenda Jones and Krishan Trotman (Queens of The Resistance), Caitlin Moscatello (See Jane Win), and Kayleen Schaefer (Text Me When You Get Home).
By turns tender and punk-tough, Shine of the Ever is a literary mixtape of queer voices out of 1990s Portland. This collection of short stories explores what binds a community of queer and trans people as they negotiate love, screwing up, and learning to forgive themselves for being young and, sometimes, foolish.
In bright pinks, blues, greens, and purples, the inhabitants of STRANGE PLANET are at once charming, strange, and recognizable. The blue beings on this planet narrate their emotions as they act out hundreds of very curious scenarios that will be extremely familiar to any human reader. On this planet, we are invited to take a step back and celebrate our own previously unexamined practices of surprise parties, visits from the tooth fairy, and cleaning house before having company over. The labeling of such common occurrences as sunburn as “Star Damage” and sweet dreams as “Imagine Pleasant Nonsense” has struck an immediate chord, with thousands of posts and tweets using these phrases in instant recognition.
Join us in the Dumbo Lit Book Club, where we’ll be reading and discussing the acclaimed novel LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng.
With our cozy, swanky new lounge area, catching up on the latest books with your neighbors has never been so fun or easy.
Members get a 15% discount for purchase of the book club book at POWERHOUSE ARENA.
Sara Shepard is no stranger to writing undeniable page-turners. Her #1 New York Times bestselling Pretty Little Liars series was adapted as a hit ABC Family television series that ran for seven seasons and inspired a spin-off show, The Perfectionists, which premiered on Freeform this year. This December, Shepard delivers her most deliciously juicy, delightfully twisty novel yet, REPUTATION.
Come see three poets with exciting, recent collections, including Maya’s Erou, Jon’s It’s Not Magic, and José’s Citizen Illegal.
THE SEASON: A History of the Debutante, the new book from author Kristen Richardson, explores the history and evolution of the debutante ritual. From the “withdrawing rooms” of Queen Elizabeth I to the marriage market of Almack’s, in London, from the cotillions of the American South to the modern International Debutante Ball, the presentation of young women has survived for centuries. Generations of women in Richardson’s family debuted, but when it was her turn, she chose not to. Still, her friends and family did debut, piquing her curiosity about the ritual and its staying power. How did the ritual start, and why has it survived in an age of feminism and women choosing their own husbands?
Everything has been hidden from Roxanne G.—her birth name, her sister, her family history—until her “boyfriend” tries to ingratiate himself by flying in her estranged mother from Tel Aviv. That visit is the start of a tumultuous journey, in which she first learns about a profoundly disabled sister who lives in a residential community in the Galilee and later begins to unearth disturbing long-held family secrets.
Should we be concerned for our country when young, unaccustomed politicians assume office, like 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? Or, should we look forward to our brilliant socialist future?
Acclaimed novelist and memoirist Ann Hood grew up eating. A lot. Her culinary life began in her Italian American childhood, expanded when she traveled the world as a TWA flight attendant, and grew sophisticated as she threw dinner parties for friends and cooked for her three beloved children. Today, Hood is married to the food writer Michael Ruhlman, who wooed her with his foolproof chicken stock. She has found that food can comfort and uplift, bring people together (she fell in love, after all, with a food writer), and offer hope in dark times.
You must come to Powerhouse for the exciting launch of TWO new Ander Monson books from Graywolf Press. It will be unconventional, unprecedented, and unconditionally amazing.