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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 10-7pm
email nick@powerhousearena.com for recommendations and special orders

Industry City (new location)
220 36th St., Building #2, Brooklyn, NY 11232 – Seven days a week from 10-6pm
Email megan@powerhousearena.com for recommendations and special orders

Thank you!!

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

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Happy New Year from POWERHOUSE!

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archway new years bagIt’s been a year to remember (or forget), and we’ll always be grateful that you rode it out with us. Despite the lockdown, tourists vanishing from Dumbo and our new lounge and event space put on ice, we somehow launched a new literary imprint (you can buy a bundle with a tote bag and our first three titles – just click the picture at left!) a new bookstore, a new webstore, debuted lit camps for kids and teenagers, and hosted dozens of live and virtual events to remember, with amazing authors and performers like Carrie Underwood, David Sedaris, Ishmael Reed, Wayne Koestenbaum, Bad Religion, Alex Ross, Leslie Jamison, Barry Gifford and Lisa Robertson.

You can watch any of our virtual events again here, and stay tuned as we roll out more in the next year; we have an exciting 2021 planned, with virtual events, hybrid events, and hopefully bringing back the full on live book launches we love to host so much!

It’s been a difficult year for everyone, bookstores included, but thanks to you somehow we made it. We will forever be grateful for your support, and here’s to an incredible 2021!

With love from everyone at POWERHOUSE

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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We are now OPEN seven days a week in our THREE 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 10-7pm
Email chris@powerhousearena.com for recommendations and special orders.

Industry City
220 36th St., Building #2
Brooklyn, NY 11232
Seven days a week from 10-6pm
Email megan@powerhousearena.com for recommendations and special orders.

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

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Upcoming Virtual Book Launches!

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Virtual Book Launch: That Old Country Music by Kevin Barry
Tuesday, January 12, 7-8PM

From the author of the wildly acclaimed Night Boat to Tangier, one of the New York Times’ 10 Best Books of 2019, stories of rural Ireland in the classic mode: full of love (and sex), melancholy and magic, bedecked in some of the most gorgeous prose being written today.

Register here
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powerHouse Virtual Book Launch: The Boys by Rick Schatzberg in conversation with David Campany
Thursday, January 14, 7-8PM

When two of his oldest friends died unexpectedly, Rick Schatzberg turned to photography to cope with his grief. He spent the next year and a half photographing his remaining group of a dozen men who have been close since early childhood. Now in their 67th year, “The Boys,” as they call themselves, grew up together in the 1950s in post-war Long Island, New York.

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Featured Picks From Our Staff!rule


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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.

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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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