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:

Book Launch: The Teacher Wars by Dana Goldstein
Book Launch: The Teacher Wars by Dana Goldstein
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In her provocative critical history of public education, Goldstein unpacks the cultural baggage surrounding teaching and looks to where it’s headed in the future.

Slice Magazine's Writers on Tap
Slice Magazine's Writers on Tap
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Join us for a reading to celebrate emerging and established writers alike, each one handpicked and introduced by book and magazine publishers Henry Holt & Co., One Teen Story, A Public Space, and Slice.

Book Launch: Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, Leanne Shapton, & 639 Others
Book Launch: Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, Leanne Shapton, & 639 Others
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In this groundbreaking assemblage of interviews, photographs, illustrations and meditations, Heti, Julavits, Shapton, and 639 other contributors of diverse backgrounds explore the myriad ways in which women relate to the clothing they wear. Bring up to 5 items of clothing for an on-site swap before and after the book presentation!

Book Launch: Men in This Town by Giuseppe Santamaria
Book Launch: Men in This Town by Giuseppe Santamaria
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From the successful Tumblr of the same name, photographer, art director, and blogger Giuseppe Santamaria brings together a unique photographic collection showcasing the styles of the modern man.

Book Launch: Paris New York by Fred Stein, with Peter Stein & Katherine Freer
Book Launch: Paris New York by Fred Stein, with Peter Stein & Katherine Freer
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As an émigré from Germany in 1930’s Paris, to the streets of mid-century New York, photographer Fred Stein’s camera captured the twentieth century’s great artists and thinkers. His son, NYU professor Peter Stein, and his granddaughter, artist Katherine Freer, join to discuss the legacy of Stein’s work.

Book Launch: Profit & Purpose by Kyle Westaway
Book Launch: Profit & Purpose by Kyle Westaway
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From startups like Warby Parker and Etsy to blue chip firms like Nike and IBM, Westaway shows how innovative organizations are disrupting the profit or purpose paradigm and proving that industries can generate both.

Kids Event: Inside & Out: New York by Josh Cochran
Kids Event: Inside & Out: New York by Josh Cochran
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In celebration of his stunning new unfolding search and find book, Cochran stops by the Arena to share drawing activities with kids of all ages!

Book Launch: Not Fade Away by Rebecca Alexander
Book Launch: Not Fade Away by Rebecca Alexander
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In this deeply moving memoir about the obstacles we all face, Alexander recounts losing her sight and hearing yet continuing to live each day with grace and purpose.

Book Launch: Typographic Universe by Steven Heller and Gail Anderson
Book Launch: Typographic Universe by Steven Heller and Gail Anderson
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Designers Heller and Anderson identify the unseen typographies in everyday life, celebrating the world of letters found or created in unexpected places. This is an Official Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Event.

NYC Launch: Art, Inc. by Lisa Congdon, with Grace Bonney
NYC Launch: Art, Inc. by Lisa Congdon, with Grace Bonney
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In classic how-to fashion, Congdon debunks the myth of the starving artist, showing the many ways artists can make a living from their craft. Joining her in conversation is Design*Sponge’s Grace Bonney. This is an Official Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Event.

Indie Debut Author Night: Courtney Moreno, Patrick Hoffman, & Bianca Stone
Indie Debut Author Night: Courtney Moreno, Patrick Hoffman, & Bianca Stone
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We’re teaming up with McSweeney’s, Grove Atlantic, and Tin House to celebrate the debut releases of three exciting new authors: Courtney Moreno, Patrick Hoffman, and Bianca Stone. This is an Official Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Event.

Book Launch: Unspeakable Things by Laurie Penny, with Molly Crabapple
Book Launch: Unspeakable Things by Laurie Penny, with Molly Crabapple
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In her daring new book, journalist, activist, and feminist Penny brings a broad history of revolutionary thought to bear on gender and power politics in the twenty-first century. This is an Official Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Event.

Reading & Discussion: So We Read On by Maureen Corrigan, with Michael Cunningham
Reading & Discussion: So We Read On by Maureen Corrigan, with Michael Cunningham
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NPR’s Corrigan investigates the enduring power of The Great Gatsby. Author Michael Cunningham joins her in conversation about the long-standing appeal of the American classic.

Book Launch: My Rules by Glen E. Friedman, with special guests
Book Launch: My Rules by Glen E. Friedman, with special guests
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Legendary photographer and artist Friedman celebrates the release of a career-spanning compendium of work at his first ever Brooklyn event.

Book Launch: How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran, with Hanna Rosin
Book Launch: How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran, with Hanna Rosin
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Echoing aspects of her own life, Moran’s debut novel is a moving, female-centric, and very funny coming-of-age story of self-discovery and invention. Slate’s Hanna Rosin joins her in conversation.

NYC Launch: The Imaginary App by Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky) & Svitlana Matviyenko
NYC Launch: The Imaginary App by Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky) & Svitlana Matviyenko
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World-renowned artist, DJ, and visionary Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky, That Subliminal Kid) and Svitlana Matviyenko celebrate the release of THE IMAGINARY APP, a provocative new anthology of writers, theorists, and artists exploring the cultural and technological shifts that have accompanied the emergence of the mobile app.

Book Launch: All or Nothing by Jesse Schenker
Book Launch: All or Nothing by Jesse Schenker
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World-renown chef Jesse Schenker celebrates the release of his new memoir, a moving story of obsession, addiction, and a passion for cooking that led to redemption.

Book Launch: Scandals of Classic Hollywood by Anne Helen Petersen
Book Launch: Scandals of Classic Hollywood by Anne Helen Petersen
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Buzzfeed’s Anne Helen Petersen looks at the Hollywood scandals of yesteryear and far before, showing that celebrity dirt has long been a fertile field for the gossip column.

33 1/3 Tenth Anniversary
33 1/3 Tenth Anniversary
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Come celebrate the 10th Anniversary of 33 1/3, the amazing music series that takes you inside your favorite albums. We’ll have a number of contributors–including Carl Wilson (Vol. 52: Celine Dion’s Let’s Talk About Love) and Susan Fast (Vol. 100: Michael Jackson’s Dangerous) among others–music trivia, and, of course, great tunes!

Paperback Launch: Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart
Paperback Launch: Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart
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After three acclaimed novels, Gary Shteyngart turns to memoir in a candid, witty, deeply poignant account of his life so far.

Special Halloween Launch: Beautiful You by Chuck Palahniuk
Special Halloween Launch: Beautiful You by Chuck Palahniuk
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To celebrate the release of his new novel, Beautiful You, Chuck Palahniuk is taking over The powerHouse Arena for a Halloween book launch extravaganza! Grab a ticket now to make sure that you won’t miss the biggest Halloween party of the year!