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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 11-7pm
email nick@powerhousearena.com for recommendations and special orders

Thank you!!

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

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SHALOM AUSLANDER with ANDRE ROYO!
SAH D’SIMONE with ALEXANDRA ROXO!
Virtual events at POWERHOUSE!
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Spiritually-Sassy-CoverTonight we welcome Sah D’Simone in conversation with F*ck Like A Goddess author Alexandra Roxo for the launch of Sah’s Deepak Chopra-approved guide to self-actualization, Spiriually Sassy. Buy a signed copy here!

Fans of such enlightenment should return on Friday to check out Bridgit Dengel Gaspard as she presents her own vision of a happier, more productive life with The Final 8th.

Tomorrow tune in for the new novel from Shalom Auslander, the acclaimed author and TV impresario who is returning with his first book in eight years, Mother for Dinner. He’ll be in conversation with actor Andre Royo of The Wire fame.
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MotherForDinnercoverhighresYou can also watch all our past virtual events – they’re up on YouTube now – and check out the great slate we have for the rest of September here!

Don’t forget to buy your ticket to our Brooklyn Book Festival launch of Karen Russell‘s Sleep Donation with Carmen Maria Machado – they won’t last forever, and every ticket gets you one signed copy of Sleep Donation mailed to you ANYWHERE in the U.S., in addition to exclusive access to the live streamed event.
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YA BookRunning from September to December, the POWERHOUSE YA Book Talk & Author Q&A Series meets once a month to discuss four brand-new Young Adult novels. Our resident YA Specialist, Megan, will lead an engaging panel-style discussion where you will all be able to participate by asking each month’s author questions directly! The author will join us for a full 45 minutes to an hour so we can delve into the writing process, the storyline, and all the topics of the novels. To learn more about this unique chance to meet YA authors and how to register please click here!

Make sure you check out these great new books, too! Buy the latest Ayad Akhtar, the fabulous poetry debut from Lana Del Rey, political must-reads by Mychal Denzel Smith and Claudia Rankine, the follow up to The Friend from Sigrid Nunez, Fredrik Backman‘s highly anticipated new novel, the latest journalistic deep-dive from Jill Lepore, and of course words from the late, great RBG!

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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Also check out our Race & Social Justice Books!

As protests break out in New York City, in Brooklyn, and across the country in response to continued police violence against Black people in America, it is more important than ever that Non-Black people, especially white Americans, educate ourselves about the continued, systemic problem of racism in America.

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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!

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 11-7pm
Email chris@powerhousearena.com for recommendations and special orders.

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

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Spiritually-Sassy-Cover Virtual Book Launch: Spiritually Sassy by Sah D’Simone in conversation with Alexandra Roxo
Tuesday, September 22, 7-8PM

Wild dance parties, vegan cake, and meaningful spirituality. Stop trying to put yourself into a box of what spirituality “should” look like―because, honey, being yourself is spiritual.

This is what Sah D’Simone shares in Spiritually Sassy, a guide for a generation that celebrates diversity, authenticity, and freedom both in life and on the spiritual path.

Register here
Buy the book

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MotherForDinnercoverhighres Virtual Book Launch: Mother for Dinner in conversation with Andre Royo
Wednesday, September 23, 7-8PM

Written in his distinctively wry voice, MOTHER FOR DINNER is as wildly funny as it is “subversively heartfelt” (New York Times Book Review), as playfully grotesque as it is poignant, proving that Auslander is a master at using absurdist humor to interrogate profound questions on legacy, assimilation, family and the hunger for meaning.

Register here
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Virtual Book Launch: The Final 8th by Bridgit Dengel Gaspard in conversation with J. Tamar Stone
Friday, September 25, 7-8PM

In The Final 8th: Enlist Your Inner Selves to Accomplish Your Goals, author and therapist Bridgit Dengel Gaspard calls this demoralizing quandary when someone is so close to the finish line but just can’t seem to cross it “the final 8th” and introduces a powerful technique called voice dialogue to help readers recognize and overcome internal blocks that are preventing them from achieving their goals.

Register here
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Virtual Book Launch: Unseen City by Amy Shearn in conversation with Siobhan Adcock
Tuesday, September 29, 7-8PM

Unseen City is a multi-generational portrait of New York and the unexpected connections between a lonely Brooklyn librarian, a widower returning to his roots, and a ghost still lingering in a home that was once part of an activist-founded farming settlement.

Register here
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Sleep Donation

Virtual Book Launch: Sleep Donation by Karen Russell in conversation with Carmen Maria Machado (TICKETED)
Wednesday, September 30, 7-8PM

Available for the first time in print, a haunting novella from the uncannily imaginative author of the national bestsellers Swamplandia! and Orange World: the story of a deadly insomnia epidemic and the lengths one woman will go to to fight it.

This event is ticketed – for $22 you get exclusive access to the Zoom webinar, and a signed copy of Sleep Donation mailed anywhere in the U.S.!

Register here

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Did you miss Alex Ross and A.O. Scott?
Click below for video of the event!

9/14 Alex Ross and A.O. Scott
Buy the book here!

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Did you miss Rob Bell and Vanessa Cornell?
Click below for video of the event!

9/11 David Hollander and Rick Moody
Buy the book here!

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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.

Buy here

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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