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:

POWERHOUSE YA Book Talk and Author Q&A Series

POWERHOUSE YA Book Talk and Author Q&A Series

Running from September to December, the POWERHOUSE YA Book Talk & Author Q&A Series meets once a month to discuss four brand-new Young Adult novels. Our resident YA Specialist, Megan, will lead an engaging panel-style discussion where you will all be able to participate by asking each month’s author questions directly! Each Book Talk and Q&A takes place on a Tuesday or Wednesday from 6:00pm EST to 7:00pm EST.

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.

Virtual Book Launch: Sleep Donation by Karen Russell in conversation with Carmen Maria Machado (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookends Event)

Virtual Book Launch: Sleep Donation by Karen Russell in conversation with Carmen Maria Machado (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookends Event)

POWERHOUSE @ the Archway

A BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL BOOKENDS EVENT! Celebrate the launch of Karen Russell’s SLEEP DONATION with Carmen Maria Machado and POWERHOUSE! Each ticket gets you a signed copy of the book sent anywhere in the U.S.!

Virtual Book Launch: Whose Right Is It Anyway by Hana Bajramovic in conversation with Judge Lohier

Virtual Book Launch: Whose Right Is It Anyway by Hana Bajramovic in conversation with Judge Lohier

POWERHOUSE @ the Archway

Discover the truth about the Second Amendment, the NRA, and the United States’ centuries-long fight over guns in this first-of-its-kind book for middle grade readers.

Virtual Book Launch: Roy's World by Barry Gifford in conversation with Willy Vlautin

Virtual Book Launch: Roy's World by Barry Gifford in conversation with Willy Vlautin

POWERHOUSE @ the Archway

A tie-in to the new documentary, Roy’s World, directed by Rob Christopher narrated by Lili Taylor, Matt Dillon and Willem Dafoe, these stories comprise one of Barry Gifford’s most enduring works, his homage to the gritty Chicago landscape of his youth.

Fall Lit Camp 2020

Fall Lit Camp 2020

Running October 5th through November 30th we offer weekly virtual book club meetings to discuss five 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: An American Covenant by Lucile Scott in conversation with Mira Ptacin

Virtual Book Launch: An American Covenant by Lucile Scott in conversation with Mira Ptacin

POWERHOUSE @ the Archway

A scathing queer feminist history and a personal quest for transcendence, AN AMERICAN COVENANT opens our eyes to the paths forged by women who inspired the nation in their own times—and who will no longer be forgotten or silenced in ours.

ARCHWAY EDITIONS PRESENTS the virtual book launch of The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda by Ishmael Reed in conversation with Gerald Horne

ARCHWAY EDITIONS PRESENTS the virtual book launch of The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda by Ishmael Reed in conversation with Gerald Horne

POWERHOUSE @ the Archway

Join us for the debut of powerHouse Books’ new lit line, Archway Editions! Started by booksellers Chris Molnar and Nicodemus Nicoludis, we are proud to be kicking off the imprint with The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda by Ishmael Reed. This is the urgent and important book that inspired Archway and presents an important counternarrative to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton.

Virtual Book Launch: Look of the Book by Peter Mendelsund and David J. Alworth

Virtual Book Launch: Look of the Book by Peter Mendelsund and David J. Alworth

POWERHOUSE @ the Archway

Why do some book covers instantly grab your attention, while others never get a second glance? Fusing word and image, as well as design thinking and literary criticism, this captivating investigation goes behind the scenes of the cover design process to answer this question and more.

What a Character! Writing about Real People in Fiction and Nonfiction - a virtual book launch for Like Love by Michele Morano, with James Cañón

What a Character! Writing about Real People in Fiction and Nonfiction - a virtual book launch for Like Love by Michele Morano, with James Cañón

POWERHOUSE @ the Archway

A memoir-in-essays about unconsummated romance, Like Love tells the stories we tend to avoid, about improper crushes and infatuations that go nowhere because the goal is less physical union than psychological provocation. Michele Morano interweaves adult episodes with adolescent stories of her family’s breakup, tracing the way we learn and revise our understandings of romantic love. Poignant, funny, insightful, and unsettling, Like Love challenges our understandings of attraction, commitment, and parenthood, while reminding us of the transformative pleasure of desire.

Virtual Paperback Launch: Make It Scream, Make It Burn by Leslie Jamison with Lynn Steger Strong, Gregory Pardlo, Andre Perry and Esmé Weijun Wang

Virtual Paperback Launch: Make It Scream, Make It Burn by Leslie Jamison with Lynn Steger Strong, Gregory Pardlo, Andre Perry and Esmé Weijun Wang

POWERHOUSE @ the Archway

Often compared to Joan Didion and Susan Sontag, and widely considered one of the defining voices of her generation, Jamison interrogates her own life with the same nuance and rigor she brings to her subjects. The result is a provocative reminder of the joy and sustenance that can be found in the unlikeliest of circumstances.

Virtual Book Launch: Love Poems for the Office by John Kenney

Virtual Book Launch: Love Poems for the Office by John Kenney

POWERHOUSE @ the Archway

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.

Virtual Book Launch: Creative Types by Tom Bissell in conversation with Adrienne Miller

Virtual Book Launch: Creative Types by Tom Bissell in conversation with Adrienne Miller

POWERHOUSE @ the Archway

Tom Bissell vividly renders the complex worlds of characters on the brink of artistic and personal crisis–writers, actors, and other creative types who see things slightly differently from the rest of us. Surreal, poignant, squirmingly awkward–and always just a little bit off–this collection is a brilliant new offering from one of the most versatile and talented writers in America today.