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:

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!

Book Launch: Make & Give by Steph Hung and Erin Jang
Book Launch: Make & Give by Steph Hung and Erin Jang
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Steph Hung and Erin Jang drop by to show off their beautiful new craft book, complete with everything you need to make presents by hand for the holidays!

Rookie Meetup with Tavi Gevinson for Rookie Yearbook Three
Rookie Meetup with Tavi Gevinson for Rookie Yearbook Three
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Purchase Tickets ($10 each)

Rookie founder Tavi Gevinson takes over the Arena to host a Rookie Meetup in celebration of Rookie Yearbook Three! Tickets on sale now!

Brooklyn Book Launch: Prune by Gabrielle Hamilton
Brooklyn Book Launch: Prune by Gabrielle Hamilton
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Blood, Bones, & Butter author Gabrielle Hamilton returns with a cookbook collecting many of the delicious recipes that put her restaurant, Prune, on the map. She’ll be joined by former cooks, Alex Raij, Matt Hamilton, Matt Deliso, Molly Breidenthal, Brian Leth, for a dynamic discussion of their times spent working at Prune and what it’s been like to start their own restaurants after.

powerHouse Books Launch: Horn Please by Dan Eckstein
powerHouse Books Launch: Horn Please by Dan Eckstein
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Photographer Dan Eckstein launches a new photo collection exploring the brightly decorated trucks all along India’s highway system.

Book Launch: Science...for Her! by Megan Amram, with John Hodgman
Book Launch: Science...for Her! by Megan Amram, with John Hodgman
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Comedy superstar Megan Amram (Parks and Recreation) celebrates the release of her brilliant, hilarious, satirical science textbook curated in the style of a women’s magazine. John Hodgman joins in conversation.

NYC Launch: Ugly Girls by Lindsay Hunter, with Laura van den Berg
NYC Launch: Ugly Girls by Lindsay Hunter, with Laura van den Berg
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Taking on the raw complexities of two girls’ friendship, Lindsay Hunter stops by to read from her caustic, voice-driven, and powerful new novel. Laura van den Berg joins her in conversation.

NYC Launch: The Happiest People in the World by Brock Clarke, with Hannah Tinti
NYC Launch: The Happiest People in the World by Brock Clarke, with Hannah Tinti
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A darkly funny tale of paranoia and the American obsession with security, Brock Clarke’s new novel makes its NYC debut tonight! Hannah Tinti joins in conversation

powerHouse Books Launch: Organic by Francesco Mastalia
powerHouse Books Launch: Organic by Francesco Mastalia
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Photographer Francesco Mastalia launches a beautiful new collection celebrating the epicenter for the local, organic, sustainable food movement: the Hudson Valley.

Cookbook Launch: Saveur: The New Classics Cookbook with Betsy Andrews, Carla Hall, Alex Guarnaschelli, & Melissa Clark
Cookbook Launch: Saveur: The New Classics Cookbook with Betsy Andrews, Carla Hall, Alex Guarnaschelli, & Melissa Clark
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Saveur’s acting editor-in-chief Betsy Andrews stops by the Arena to celebrate the launch of the magazine’s new recipe collection. Carla Hall (Carla’s Comfort Foods), Alex Guarnaschelli (Old-School Comfort Food), and NYTimes food writer Melissa Clark join her in conversation.

Book Launch: Man V. Nature by Diane Cook
Book Launch: Man V. Nature by Diane Cook
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Diane Cook drops by for the NYC release of her new book, a daring collection of stories exploring the boundary between the wild and the civilized.

Book Launch: Rocket and Lightship by Adam Kirsch
Book Launch: Rocket and Lightship by Adam Kirsch
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Showing how literature can illuminate our ethics, politics, and pleasures, poet-critic Adam Kirsch presents a new collection of essays on everyone from Susan Sontag and Walter Benjamin to David Foster Wallace and Slavoj Zizek.

powerHouse Books Launch: U.S. Marshals by Brian Finke
powerHouse Books Launch: U.S. Marshals by Brian Finke
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Renowned photographer Brian Finke debuts a collection documenting the wild, dangerous, and heroic work of the U.S. Marshals.

Houston Rap/Houston Rap Tapes by Peter Beste & Lance Scott Walker
Houston Rap/Houston Rap Tapes by Peter Beste & Lance Scott Walker
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Photographer Peter Beste and writer Lance Scott Walker share Houston Rap and Houston Rap Tapes, two books documenting the most influential style in twenty-first century hip hop.

powerHouse Cookbook Launch: Eating Delancey by Aaron Rezny & Jordan Schaps
powerHouse Cookbook Launch: Eating Delancey by Aaron Rezny & Jordan Schaps
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Aaron Rezny & Jordan Schaps celebrate the release of their toast to the veritable heart of Jewish cuisine in NYC, Delancey Street on the Lower East Side.