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We’re so excited to be back!

We’ve implemented health and hygiene procedures so that everyone can safely shop. Just a few quick guidelines:

  • Everyone over the age of 2 – wear a mask, please!
  • 50% store capacity, and browsing for 10-15 minutes.
  • Please practice social distancing, and supervise your kids – no sitting or reading.
  • Limit touching books as much as possible – our staff can help you out if you need!

Park Slope
1111 8th Av. Brooklyn, NY 11215 – Seven days a week from 11-6pm
email megan@powerhousearena.com for recommendations and special orders

Dumbo
28 Adams St. Brooklyn, NY 11201 – Seven days a week from 10-7pm
email nick@powerhousearena.com for recommendations and special orders

Industry City (new location)
220 36th St., Building #2, Brooklyn, NY 11232 – Seven days a week from 11am-6pm
Email megan@powerhousearena.com for recommendations and special orders

Thank you!!

—Daniel & Susanne & Chris & Megan & Nick & Brittany

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Get yer Obamas right here!

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Presedential memoirs

Happy publication day to President Barack Obama! The last boss of our future leader is back with this hotly anticipated doorstopper. Your pre-orders have arrived, and if you didn’t plan ahead we have plenty in all THREE of our locations to pick up.

That’s right – THREE! Our long-in-the-works anchor store in Industry City will be soft opening this week and is packed with new titles. Come on down, grab a bite to eat from one of the many incredible food stalls and get your reading material from us! See what they offer here.

We’ve got everything you need, including, of course, the pre-order for the new Barack Obama book and the must-reads from our new executive branch by Joe Biden and Kamala Harris!  Buy the new musical tie-in from David Byrne, Xiaowei Wang‘s rollercoaster reportage, Nicole Krauss with her freshest stories, a thriller from Jo Nesbø, a novella from Don DeLillo, greatest hits (that Andrew Sean Greer says is worth checking out like a new work!) from David Sedaris and the latest from the Internet’s favorite chef Claire Saffitz!

Call +1-718-666-3049 during open hours
or e-mail chris@powerhousearena.com to pick up!
Or head to our virtual store where you can also buy these great titles:
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promised land The silence Joe Biden Desert person To be a man
American utopia Kamala Harris Joe Nesbeth kingdom the best of me Blockchian chicken farm

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RBG A life Also check out our Ruth Bader Ginsburg books!
Celebrate the legacy of America’s favorite jurist with these delectable books about her life for all ages!

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You can also buy an online gift card! You can use the code in our e-commerce store, or else take it into the store to be redeemed for a physical one.

We are now OPEN seven days a week in our two stores – bring your mask and wallet and get ready to shop and support your local indie bookstore!

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Park Slope
1111 8th Av.
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Seven days a week from 11-6pm
Email megan@powerhousearena.com for recommendations and special orders.

Dumbo
28 Adams St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Seven days a week from 10-7pm
Email chris@powerhousearena.com for recommendations and special orders.

Industry City
220 36th St., Building #2
Brooklyn, NY 11232
Seven days a week from 11-6pm
Email megan@powerhousearena.com for recommendations and special orders.

Thank you!!
– Susanne & Chris & Megan & Nick & Brittany

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Upcoming Virtual Book Launches!

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Acid Virga

ARCHWAY EDITIONS PRESENTS the virtual book launch of ACID VIRGA live in Brooklyn!
Sunday, November 22, 7:30-9PM

From the co-founder of Wendy’s Subway, comes the poetry debut of the year, a memoir in verse that Alice Notley calls “rather terrifying, also a tour de force and a formal breakthrough . . . a blend of narrative and lyric the way the mind is.” We’ll have a gala debut with surprise guests – stay tuned!

Register here
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jacket-LOVE-POEMS-FOR-THE-OFFICE Virtual Book Launch: Love Poems for the Office by John Kenney
Tuesday, December 1, 7-8PM
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.Register here
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memoir monday michelle harper

Memoir Monday: Michele Harper, Alicia Elliott, Elisa Gabbert, Carmen Maria Machado
Tuesday, December 14, 8-9PM

Memoir Monday is a collaboration between Narratively, Catapult, The Rumpus, Granta, Guernica, and Literary Hub to bring the very best first-person writing together in a weekly newsletter and a quarterly reading series.

Register here

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Virtual Book Launch: That Old Country Music by Kevin Barry
Tuesday, January 12, 7-8PM

From the author of the wildly acclaimed Night Boat to Tangier, one of the New York Times’ 10 Best Books of 2019, stories of rural Ireland in the classic mode: full of love (and sex), melancholy and magic, bedecked in some of the most gorgeous prose being written today.

Register here
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Did you miss NORMAN IVES: Constructions & Reconstructions?
Click below for video of the event!

11/10 Norman Ives: Constructions & Reconstructions
Buy the book here!

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Featured Picks From Our Staff!rule


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Chris’s Pick:

Mumbo Jumbo
by Ishmael Reed

An infectious dance craze as the soul of Blackness in an alternate history of civilization truer than the “official” records, none of the dad-joke cheese of Pynchon and more densely well read, but with the same premonitory vision of America’s conspiratorial soul, but deeper and more fraught, both metaphor for and example of racism and suppression of Black accomplishment, hardly more than 200 pages with illustrations but encompassing all of recorded history, and enough packed in to give a different reading every time. If you believe that great American writing is destined to fulfill the world’s myths with the outsider vernacular of our culture, what you see in books like Moby Dick or The Making of Americans or Libra then this is maybe the Great American Novel; Dionysian Afrocentrism revealed as the pendulum controlling time. Offhandedly hilarious and incisively observant of the American situation, as relevant tomorrow as it was fifty years ago.

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Megan’s Pick

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark
by Michelle McNamara

True crime journalist Michelle McNamara spent the last years of her life deeply obsessed with the then unsolved case of the infamous Golden State Killer.  She scoured thousands of police reports and other documents, tracking down clues all over the internet with fellow civilian detectives and law enforcement officials alike. They were all searching for the violent psychopathic serial rapist and murderer who had terrorized California for over ten years before vanishing. After Michelle’s sudden death in 2016, her book was finished by her lead researcher and a fellow crime journalist using notes that Michelle left behind. Michelle’s enthralling writing immerses you in the time of the Golden State Killer attacks and will keep you awake at night. Part true crime story and part the story of Michelle’s obsession with a killer she never got to see brought to justice, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark is an instant classic.

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Nick’s Pick:

Sleepless Nights
by Elizabeth Hardwick

Caught somewhere between fiction, memoir and collage, Sleepless Nights is a cerebral series of vignettes which follow a woman whose circumstances closely follows Hardwick’s. This book is a meditation on a life and trades plot for layers of deep description and thought. Hardwick was a dynamic critic, founder of The New York Review of Books and a courageous writer whose language drives this book forward, page by page, scene by scene.

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