Author Event Bookings at
For more information, and to schedule an author event at The powerhouse Arena, please contact Susanne König, Events Coordinator, susanne@POWERHOUSEArena.com, phone: 212.604.9074 ext. 109
“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
The powerHouse Arena is a 5,000-square-foot bookstore, gallery, and event venue in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Al Gore, Jonathan Franzen, Jennifer Egan, Nassim Taleb, Tracy K. Smith, A.S. Byatt, Rick Moody, Paul Auster, Colum McCann, and Jamaica Kincaid are among the many authors who have read and signed books in our unforgettable space. We’ve also hosted special events like the New Yorker Speakeasy, PEN World Voices, the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35, and L Magazine’s Literary Upstart. Starting in April 2013, we’re partnering with Penguin Classics on a series of in-conversation events that bring contemporary writers together to celebrate influential classics. The diverse voices of NYC’s established and emerging literary community make for uniquely curated and inventive book programming; we’ve incorporated exhibitions, video screenings, DJs, and even live graffiti art into our discussions and launch parties.
Publishers Weekly details our dazzling events.
Please be in touch with any questions or to schedule a tour. For a brief description of our venue and panoramic photos of our space, see below, or watch this short video of NYC Media’s Michael Fazio interviewing Julie Buntin about our programs and events.
The powerHouse Arena
“An Athenian theater of pop-culture debate.” –Wallpaper
In fall 2006, world-renowned and critically-acclaimed independent art book publisher powerHouse Books launched The powerHouse Arena, a laboratory for creative thought that features exhibitions, installations, presentations, displays, viewings, performances, readings, and retail therapy—drawing upon photography, literature, and popular culture as sources of inspiration.
Every month the powerHouse Books design team works with Arena staff to create a widely distributed events calendar printed on quality cardstock. No flyers on flimsy white paper—we use author photos, jacket images, and our cutting-edge aesthetic to craft individual, large-format posters for each event. We maintain an engaging dialogue with followers of our heavily trafficked Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr accounts, consistently resulting in good event attendance and high sales. To further spread the word, we send a weekly newsletter profiling upcoming events to over 15,000 subscribers.
In the past year alone we’ve hosted sold-out and highly successful book events with David Mitchell, Jonathan Franzen, Peter Hook, Jennifer Egan, Joseph O’Neill, Deb Perelman (Smitten Kitchen), Nassim Taleb, Pete Hamill, A.S. Byatt, and Salman Rushdie, and more.
Our carefully curated children’s section features an unparalleled collection of children’s books and European and Japanese art and game kits. We host weekly story time readings and a popular middle grade book club at our Park Slope location, POWERHOUSE ON 8th, to engage young readers face-to-face. Recent appearances have included authors and illustrators Tad Hills, David Levithan, R.J. Palacio, Carin Berger, Susan Orlean, Brett Helquist, and Amy Hest. We promote our kids events as passionately as we promote events for adults—young readers, after all, determine the future for bookstores like ours.
Our 10,200-square-foot marquee showroom, designed by esteemed architectural firm David Howell Design, is the only book space of its kind in New York City. We have over 175 feet of glass frontage, and the ceiling soars 24 feet above the 5,000-square-foot ground floor. The equally impressive 5,200-square-foot mezzanine is home to the powerHouse Books offices. Our Skylounge is located on the mezzanine level and functions as a gallery, VIP lounge, and author green room. The powerHouse Arena can hold up to 500 people and offers the following amenities: 24-hour access to loading dock, 3 toilets, VIP area, full sound system including 2 Technics 1200MK turntables, 2 Pioneer CDJ1000MK3 turntables, 1 Vestax VMC-004XL 4-Channel mixer, 2 Shure mics, and 2 Mackie speakers. We’ve also added a Sanyo PLC-X25 LCD projector for private screenings.
“A hip bookstore and art space…” —Newsday
The powerHouse Arena is proud to announce its participation in Independent Booksellers of New York City, an alliance of independent bookshops working together to promote the cultural, literary, and economic benefits of shopping at New York City’s diverse collection of bookstores.
To learn more about the powerHouse Arena, download our Press Kit.
For more information, please contact Susanne König, Events Coordinator