THE POWERHOUSE ARENA — a laboratory for creative thought.

Home to world-renowned art book publisher powerHouse Books, the Arena is a gallery, boutique, book store, performance, and events space located at 37 Main Street, in New York City’s scenic DUMBO neighborhood. With soaring 24-foot ceilings on the 5,000 square foot ground floor (with over 175 linear-feet of glass frontage and amphitheater-style seating), the powerHouse Arena showcases a series of landmark exhibitions, performances, and controlled mayhem fusing the worlds of art, photography, design, fashion, pop culture, advertising, music, dance, film, and television into a glorious whirlwind of captivating spectacle. One of twelve places to see in The New York Times36 Hours: Photography in NYC!
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“They’re consistently spot-on with book launch / talk programming, and they’re our go-to for literary events.”
— Brightest Young Things

“The powerHouse Arena is quickly becoming one of the best spots to hear authors read their work.”
— Time Out New York

“The powerHouse Arena has all the books you want, and none of the ones you don’t. It’s Great!”
— DC Pierson – Author of The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To

“powerHouse events are all-out parties rather than staid readings. Attention is paid to pairing the right music with the right book-performers from Kool DJ Red Alert to the MisShapes have played book parties-and an open bar is almost always part of the equation.”
— Publishers Weekly

“If you are looking for great kids’ books, powerHouse Arena has done all of the work for you. They have assembled such a fun collection of books that you can not go wrong. Beautiful classics, new discoveries, unexpected treasures. Go there now.”
— Jon Scieszka – Author of The Stinky Cheese Man

“powerHouse Arena is one of the few places in the city where writers and readers can have a dialog in what has to be the most impressive reading space any indie bookstore offers. It’s a great reminder why independent bookstores are so necessary, and what their function is in a democracy; it gives all of us an opportunity, to openly discuss, in public, face to face questions of the day. The fact that they serve alcohol is, of course, no minor benefit.”
— Joe Meno – Author of The Great Perhaps

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Upcoming Events:

Summer Lit Camp 2020

Summer Lit Camp 2020

Running July 14th through August 18th we offer weekly virtual book club meetings to discuss six brand-new middle-grade novels. The discussion will be led by Brittany, our beloved kid’s book specialist, and as an extra bonus, we will offer the unique opportunity to do a Q&A with the author directly.

Virtual Book Launch: Filthy Beasts by Kirkland Hamill in conversation with Rae DelBianco

Virtual Book Launch: Filthy Beasts by Kirkland Hamill in conversation with Rae DelBianco

POWERHOUSE @ the Archway

Running with Scissors meets Grey Gardens in this gripping, true riches-to-rags tale of a wealthy family who lost it all and the unforgettable journey of a man coming to terms with his family’s deep flaws and his own long-buried truths.

A Virtual Burning Pizza Affair with Jean Kyoung Frazier, Sanaë Lemoine and Megha Majumdar

A Virtual Burning Pizza Affair with Jean Kyoung Frazier, Sanaë Lemoine and Megha Majumdar

POWERHOUSE @ the Archway

A deliciously tantalizing celebration for three hotly tipped debuts by Jean Kyoung Frazier (PIZZA GIRL), Sanaë Lemoine (THE MARGOT AFFAIR) and Megha Mahumdar (A BURNING)!

Virtual Book Launch: Gatecrasher by Ben Widdicombe in conversation with Katie Rosman

Virtual Book Launch: Gatecrasher by Ben Widdicombe in conversation with Katie Rosman

POWERHOUSE @ the Archway

Have you ever caught yourself standing on line at the grocery store, discreetly craning your neck to catch a glimpse of the gossip rag headlines? Of course you have. You’re only human. But your secret glances will soon be a thing of the past, because Ben Widdicombe, society columnist extraordinaire, has arrived to be your in-depth guide into the dizzying heights of celebrity life with his sensational tell-all, Gatecrasher. No gossip-worthy venue will go unexplored—whether it be the Met Gala or Mar-a-Lago—and no high-flying family escapes his notice—be they Kardashians or Kochs.

Virtual Event: Lilly Dancyger and Claire Rudy Foster on Landscape and Memory

Virtual Event: Lilly Dancyger and Claire Rudy Foster on Landscape and Memory

POWERHOUSE @ the Archway

Foster will read from their story collection, Shine of the Ever, and Lilly will read from her memoir, Negative Space. These works are set in and infused with 90s Portland and 90s New York City, respectively, and will be the point of departure for a cross-genre and bi-coastal discussion of setting-as-character and the uses of nostalgia in creating narrative tension and mood.

Virtual Book Launch: Earth A.D. by Michael Lee Nirenberg

Virtual Book Launch: Earth A.D. by Michael Lee Nirenberg

POWERHOUSE @ the Archway

Earth A.D is film documentarian Michael Nirenberg’s, sweeping oral history of two American Superfund sites.

Comprised of hundreds of interviews with political, environmental, corporate leaders as well as the citizens affected by living in these toxic zones, Nirenberg tells the stories behind the Tar Creek lead mine wasteland in rural Oklahoma compared and contrasted with the 150-year history of chemical poisoning of Newtown Creek in the now real-estate hotspot, Brooklyn, NY.

Virtual Book Launch: The Fire in His Wake by Spencer Wolff in conversation with Nyuol Lueth Tong

Virtual Book Launch: The Fire in His Wake by Spencer Wolff in conversation with Nyuol Lueth Tong

POWERHOUSE @ the Archway

When a storm gathers at the UNHCR, and the ghosts of the Congo’s violence surface in Rabat, the two men find themselves on a collision course, setting the stage for the novel’s unforgettable and genre-busting ending. Eye-opening, suspenseful, and full of unexpected humor, Wolff brings his personal experiences as an aid worker to this unforgettable story of two remarkable individuals.

Virtual Book Launch: Looking for Miss America by Margot Mifflin

Virtual Book Launch: Looking for Miss America by Margot Mifflin

POWERHOUSE @ the Archway

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.

Virtual Book Launch: Tomboy by Lisa Selin Davis in conversation with Lauren Sandler

Virtual Book Launch: Tomboy by Lisa Selin Davis in conversation with Lauren Sandler

POWERHOUSE @ the Archway

A celebration of girls who resisted the pressure of gender norms and learned to not care about others’ approval, TOMBOY shares the stories of those who summoned the courage to live as their true selves.

Book Launch: Live in Love by Lauren Akins

Book Launch: Live in Love by Lauren Akins

POWERHOUSE @ the Archway

Celebrate the U.S. book launch of Lauren Akins’ new book LIVE IN LOVE at POWERHOUSE ARENA!

Book Launch: Wagnerism by Alex Ross

Book Launch: Wagnerism by Alex Ross

POWERHOUSE @ the Archway

Alex Ross, renowned New Yorker music critic and author of the international bestseller and Pulitzer Prize finalist The Rest Is Noise, reveals how Richard Wagner became the proving ground for modern art and politics—an aesthetic war zone where the Western world wrestled with its capacity for beauty and violence.

Virtual Book Launch: Unseen City by Amy Shearn in conversation with Siobhan Adcock

Virtual Book Launch: Unseen City by Amy Shearn in conversation with Siobhan Adcock

POWERHOUSE @ the Archway

Unseen City is a multi-generational portrait of New York and the unexpected connections between a lonely Brooklyn librarian, a widower returning to his roots, and a ghost still lingering in a home that was once part of an activist-founded farming settlement.