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: 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, with Paulette Goto
Book Launch: The Secret Recipes by Dominique Ansel, with Paulette Goto
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Purchase Tickets ($5 each)

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. Unique Sweets’ Paulette Goto joins him in conversation.

Book Launch: New York 1, Tel Aviv 0 by Shelly Oria, with Ben Greenman
Book Launch: New York 1, Tel Aviv 0 by Shelly Oria, with Ben Greenman
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Shelly Oria celebrates the release of her meticulously conceived and gorgeously rendered debut story collection. Actors from Sweet! Actors Reading Writers join her for a dynamic, multivocal reading. Ben Greenman joins her in conversation.

Special Halloween Launch: Beautiful You by Chuck Palahniuk
Special Halloween Launch: Beautiful You by Chuck Palahniuk
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Purchase Tickets ($30 each)

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.

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.