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: 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, with Amanda Cohen (Dirt Candy) & Matt Duckor (Epicurious)
Cookbook Launch: Thug Kitchen, 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: #NEWSFAIL by Jamie Kilstein & Allison Kilkenny
Book Launch: #NEWSFAIL by Jamie Kilstein & Allison Kilkenny
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From climate change and feminism to gun control and the drug war, hosts of Citizen Radio Jamie Kilstein and Allison Kilkenny tackle our American Adventure!

BOMB Magazine Issue 129 Release
BOMB Magazine Issue 129 Release
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Putting artists in conversation with other artist, BOMB Magazine takes over the Arena to celebrate the release of the fall issue, with Claudie Rankine, James Hoff, Eli Keszler, and more.

powerHouse Cocktail Book Launch: Brooklyn Spirits by Peter Fornatale & Chris Wertz, with Bridget Firtle & Steve DeAngelo
powerHouse Cocktail Book Launch: Brooklyn Spirits by Peter Fornatale & Chris Wertz, with Bridget Firtle & Steve DeAngelo
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What’s getting mixed in the neighborhood these days? Peter Fornatale and Chris Wertz take us on a boozy journey through the popular cocktails of the world’s hippest borough. Distillers Bridget Firtle (Noble Experiment) and Steve DeAngelo (Greenhook Ginsmiths) join for a stirring talk on the spirit behind Brooklyn-based spirits. Cocktails will be served!

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, with Emma Straub
Book Launch: 101 Two-Letter Words by Stephin Merritt, with Emma Straub
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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.

Cookbook Launch: At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen by Amy Chaplin
Cookbook Launch: At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen by Amy Chaplin
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Chef Amy Chaplin joins us for the release of her sophisticated vegetarian cookbook, with all the tools and recipes you need to eat well at every meal, every day, year round.

Book Launch: Training Days by Henry Chalfant & Sacha Jenkins
Book Launch: Training Days by Henry Chalfant & Sacha Jenkins
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Photographer Henry Chalfant and former graffiti writer turned journalist Sacha Jenkins present a collection of authentic first-person accounts from the graffiti artists whose creative genius fueled the movement from its beginnings in late-70′s NYC.

Book Launch: The Who, the What, and the When by Jenny Volvovski, Julia Rothman, and Matt Lamothe
Book Launch: The Who, the What, and the When by Jenny Volvovski, Julia Rothman, and Matt Lamothe
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Julia Rothman, Jenny Volvovski, and Matt Lamothe drop by to share their offbeat illustrated history, revealing 65 people you’ve probably never heard of, but who helped shape the world as we know it.

Family Event: UNBORED Games by Joshua Glenn & Elizabeth Foy Larsen
Family Event: UNBORED Games by Joshua Glenn & Elizabeth Foy Larsen
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From the creators of the original UNBORED book comes the best game book ever, with all the smarts, creativity, and DIY spirit you’ve come to expect!

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

Cookbook Launch: Prune by Gabrielle Hamilton, tickets to come!
Cookbook Launch: Prune by Gabrielle Hamilton, tickets to come!
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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.

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.

Cookbook Launch: Saveur: The New Classics Cookbook by Betsy Andrews, with Carla Hall, Alex Guarnaschelli, & Melissa Clark
Cookbook Launch: Saveur: The New Classics Cookbook by Betsy Andrews, with 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.

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.