Book Launch & Reading: Pretend We Live Here by Genevieve Hudson — Featuring Readings by T Kira Madden, Alisson Wood, & more TBA
POWERHOUSE Arena is thrilled to be launching Pretend We Live Here by international writer Genevieve Hudson, published by Future Tense Books. In this debut collection of stories, Genevieve explores the idea of home and what it means to find one: in the body, in the world, in other people. Her characters are seekers, whose actions are influenced by their slippery identities and by the strange landscapes that surround them. Set in Amsterdam, the Pacific Northwest, and the Deep South, these stories hum with sexual tension, queerness, displacement, longing, humor, and dark nostalgia.
After growing up in a dysfunctional and emotionally abusive home, Tanya Marquardt runs away on her sixteenth birthday. Her departure is an act of rebellion and survival—whatever she is heading toward has to be better than what she is leaving behind. Struggling with her inner demons, Tanya must learn to take care of herself during two chaotic years in the working-class mill town of Port Alberni, followed by the early-nineties underground goth scene in Vancouver, British Columbia. She finds a chosen family in her fellow misfits, and the bond they form is fierce and unflinching. Told with raw honesty and strength, Stray reveals Tanya’s fight to embrace the vulnerable, beguiling parts of herself and heal the wounds of her past as she forges her own path to a new life.
Book Launch: Who Will Speak for America? Edited by Stephanie Feldman & Nathaniel Popkin — Featuring Readings by KC Trommer, Sam J. Miller, Nancy Hightower, Edwin Torres, & Herman Beavers
Who Will Speak for America? inspires readers by emphasizing the power of patience, organizing, resilience and community. These moving works advance the conversation the American colonists began, and that generations of activists, in their efforts to perfect our union, have elevated and amplified.
All royalties will benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Book Launch & Reading: LIVEBLOG by Megan Boyle — w/ Michael Bible, Hannah Lilith Assadi, Jason Phoebe Rusch, & Joanna Valente — Hosted by Bud Smith
Megan Boyle’s epic experiment comes to print at last, with an extravaganza featuring some of the cream of alternative lit sharing their own work. Originally written on Tumblr in 2013 in an attempt to take the therapeutic exhibitionism of the Internet to a new extreme, and to learn something in the process, it now stands as an epic document of its time. Like a messily millennial My Struggle, it is now recontextualized as a bold, new kind of literature.
At some point growing up, most of us threw a blanket over two chairs and declared it our club house. Artistic wife and husband Grackle + Pigeon have taken this timeless idea a step further—or, rather, they’ve taken the imagination we all had as kids and infused it into 25 creative and gorgeously photographed artisanal blanket forts. Blanket Fort: Growing Up is Optional is a fun, gifty, and absolutely stunning look at a wide range of DIY projects that will inspire readers to envision cozy hideouts in their living rooms, yards, yoga studios, and work spaces.
Book Launch: We Are the Nerds: The Birth and Tumultuous Life of Reddit, the Internet's Culture Laboratory by Christine Lagorio-Chafkin
WE ARE THE NERDS is a compelling exploration of the way we all communicate today–and how we got here. Reddit and its users have become a mirror of the Internet: it has dingy corners, shiny memes, malicious trolls, and a sometimes heart-melting ability to connect people across cultures, oceans, and ideological divides. It is essential reading for Redditors—and anyone who wants to understand our culture today.
With over 200 full-color photos, My Naked Truth captures intimate moments of people at their most authentic, from everyday strangers to celebrities such as Chris Redd (SNL), Christy Altomare (Spring Awakening, Anastasia), Hayley Marie Norman (Adam Ruins Everything), Cassie Silva (Hairspray), and more. An intimate and empowering photo journal, My Naked Truth speaks to anyone seeking encouragement, guidance, and validation, providing inspiration to look deeply into your heart, find you truth, and discover what truly matters most.
A lyrical and uncompromising debut novel from a highly acclaimed musician and artist who has achieved renown for the sharpness of her work and its sexual and political imagery.
Photography Book Launch: In the Shadow of Genius: The Brooklyn Bridge and Its Creators by Barbara G. Mensch
In the Shadow of Genius is the newest book by photographer and author Barbara Mensch. The author combines her striking photographs with a powerful first-person narrative. She takes the reader on a unique journey by recalling her experiences living alongside the bridge for more than 30 years, and then by tracing her own curious path to understand the brilliant minds and remarkable lives of those who built it: John, Washington, and Emily Roebling.
When Frank Sinatra and Alicia Keys said that if you could make it in New York, you could make it anywhere, they probably weren’t talking about the middle of nowhere or whatever suburb you used to make fun of. Erin Clune regales readers with priceless stories of her own experiences leaving New York for her hometown in Wisconsin, and provides a jocular but useful guide—for anyone leaving, or thinking about leaving, their own personal mecca—to finding contentment while staying true to yourself in a place far, far away from The City.
The Bullet Journal Method is about much more than organizing your notes and to-do lists. It’s about what Carroll calls “intentional living”: weeding out distractions and focusing your time and energy in pursuit of what’s truly meaningful, in both your work and your personal life. It’s about spending more time with what you care about, by working on fewer things. Whether you’ve used a Bullet Journal for years or have never seen one before, The Bullet Journal Method will help you go from passenger to pilot of your own life.
Think you know photography? Think again. Through a carefully curated selection of quotes and images, this book reveals what matters most to the masters of photography. With accompanying text by Henry Carroll, author of the internationally bestselling Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs series, you’ll learn what photography actually means to the giants of the genres and how they developed their distinctive visual styles.
Cookbook Launch: The Anti-Cookbook: Easy, Thrifty Recipes for Food-Smart Living by Shelley Onderdonk & Rebecca Bloom
A “cookbook” method of completing a task implies a mundane, thoughtless process. THE ANTI-COOKBOOK seeks to do the opposite—to inspire readers to think creatively about making meals, and independently about the deeper issues surrounding food and nourishment. Authors Shelley Onderdonk and Rebecca Bloom hope to provide readers with a template for thoughtfulness around the way they feed themselves.
Based on the successful McSweeney’s column, Amongst the Liberal Elite takes readers on a cross-country road trip with Alex and Michael, romantic partners whose voices will resonate with fans of shows such as Portlandia, Parks and Recreation, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. The couple decides to use their tax refund to reconnect with their fellow Americans via a cross-country road trip and, more specifically, better understand how Trump won the election. In a quest to visit The World’s Largest Frying Pan (of which there are six in the U.S.) Alex and Michael embark on a journey marked with personal and societal realizations.
The sonically-hypnotic poems in this collection pry open the space between sounds and what they mean, and the violence of this prying is analogous to the ordinary violences that women live with the world over. “Orange you happy yet, a serious threat/a surfeit, a certain fate, a surer fret,” Blitshteyn chants, and you find yourself wanting to feel her language on your tongue, even as that language evokes an unbearable reality. Wrapped up in these fiercely elegant poems are narratives of language acquisition, precarious immigrations, and song-like imperatives for the best kinds of destruction.
From the creators of the #1 podcast Limetown, an explosive prequel about a teenager who learns of a mysterious research facility where over three hundred people have disappeared—including her uncle—with clues that become the key to discovering the secrets of this strange town.
Book Launch: How to Get Rid of a President: History's Guide to Removing Unpopular, Unable, or Unfit Chief Executives by David Priess
A vivid political history of the manifold schemes, plots, and conspiracies to remove unwanted presidents, from the founding fathers to today’s headlines. How To Get Rid of a President presents the dark side of our nation’s political history, from the Constitutional Convention into the 21st century, mixing a stew of election dramas, national tragedies, and presidential exits with party intrigue, political betrayal, and backroom scheming. It is a briskly paced, darkly humorous voyage through historical events relevant to today’s historic times, highlighting the many ways that presidents have been undermined and nearly kicked out.
In American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts, British investigative journalist Chris McGreal scrutinizes these questions by calling to account those who Americans look to protect them yet stand idly by as the bodies pile up year after year. While other books dwell on victims, this book is unique in that it focuses on the perpetrators, the villains, to construct a picture of how Big Pharma adapted their strategy over time to discredit the evidence that mass opioid prescribing was creating an epidemic.
Authors Jaclyn Gilbert (Late Air) and Blair Hurley (The Devoted) will discuss the slippery slopes of perfectionism in elite distance running and spirituality, interrogating both themes across questions of point-of-view and craft essential to writing their debut novels.