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: 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 Ian Svenonius and special guests
Book Launch: My Rules by Glen E. Friedman, with Ian Svenonius and 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.

Book Launch: Vegan Holiday Cooking from Candle Cafe by Joy Pierson, Angel Ramos, and Jorge Pineda
Book Launch: Vegan Holiday Cooking from Candle Cafe by Joy Pierson, Angel Ramos, and Jorge Pineda
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The visionaries behind one of NYC’s favorite vegan restaurants, Joy Pierson, Angel Ramos, and Jorge Pineda celebrate the release of their new holiday cookbook with a tasting event.

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!

Cookbook Launch: Thug Kitchen by Thug Kitchen, LLC., with Amanda Cohen (Dirt Candy) & Matt Duckor (Epicurious)
Cookbook Launch: Thug Kitchen by Thug Kitchen, LLC., with Amanda Cohen (Dirt Candy) & Matt Duckor (Epicurious)
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The authors of the oh-so-crass and hilarious food blog stop by to celebrate the release of their bad-mouthed and bad-ass new cookbook, in conversation with Amanda Cohen of Dirt Candy and Matt Duckor of Epicurious.

Book Launch: 1 Page at a Time by Adam J. Kurtz, with Kate Berlant
Book Launch: 1 Page at a Time by Adam J. Kurtz, with Kate Berlant
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Graphic designer and all-around nice person Adam J. Kurtz celebrates the release of his one-page-a-day book to help you draw, write, list, reflect, and share. Comedian Kate Berlant joins for a short set.

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.

Book Launch: Little Humans by Brandon Stanton
Book Launch: Little Humans by Brandon Stanton
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New York Times bestselling author Brandon Stanton, of the hugely popular photo blog-turned-book Humans of New York, joins us to celebrate the release of his new kids book, Little Humans.

Book Launch: 101 Two-Letter Words by Stephin Merritt
Book Launch: 101 Two-Letter Words by Stephin Merritt
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The Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt shares a one-of-a-kind celebration of the 101 two-letter words allowed in Scrabble.

Book Launch: The Secret Recipes by Dominique Ansel
Book Launch: The Secret Recipes by Dominique Ansel
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The famed creator of the wildly popular Cronut, chef Dominique Ansel joins us to celebrate the release of his amazing new cookbook, The Secret Recipes.

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!

Rookie Meetup with Tavi Gevinson, tickets on sale soon
Rookie Meetup with Tavi Gevinson, tickets on sale soon
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Rookie founder Tavi Gevinson takes over the Arena to host a Rookie Meetup in celebration of Rookie Yearbook Three!

Book Launch: Science...for Her! by Megan Amram
Book Launch: Science...for Her! by Megan Amram
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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 woman’s magazine.