Welcome to POWERHOUSE ARENA, the premier location of the three indie POWERHOUSE Bookstores, located in Dumbo.

With locations now in Dumbo, Park Slope, and Industry City, our helpful staff is ready to help you find your next favorite book at any of our Brooklyn-based bookstores!


We are OPEN seven days a week in our THREE stores! Gift certificates available HERE!

Park Slope
1111 8th Av.
Brooklyn, NY
11215

Monday-Friday: 12:00pm-6:00pm, Saturday: 10:00am – 7:00pm, Sunday: 10:00am – 6:00pm

Email brittany@POWERHOUSEBookstores.com for recommendations and special orders.

Dumbo
28 Adams St.
Brooklyn, NY
11201

Mon – Sun: 10:00am – 7:00pm

Email hannah@POWERHOUSEBookstores.com for recommendations and special orders.

Industry City
220 36th St. Building #2
Brooklyn, NY
11232

Sun – Thurs: 10:00am – 6:00pm, Fri-Sat: 10:00am – 7:00pm

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Email susanne@POWERHOUSEBookstores.com for recommendations and special orders.

Thank you for continuing to support your local indie bookstore!



Celebrating the new novel by MARGARITA MONTIMORE! 

Next Tuesday, don’t miss the launch of Acts of Violeta new novel by author Margarita Montimore.

Nearly a decade ago, iconic magician Violet Volk performed her greatest trick yet: vanishing mid-act. Though she hasn’t been seen since, her hold on the public hasn’t wavered. While Violet sought out the spotlight, her sister Sasha, ever the responsible one, took over their mother’s salon and built a quiet life for her daughter, Quinn. But Sasha can never seem to escape her sister’s orbit or her memories of their unresolved, tumultuous relationship. Then there’s Cameron Frank, determined to finally get his big break hosting a podcast devoted to all things Violet—though keeping his job hinges on an exclusive interview with Sasha, the last person who wants to talk to him.

As the ten-year anniversary approaches, the podcast picks up steam, and Cameron’s pursuit of Sasha becomes increasingly intrusive. He isn’t the only one wondering what secrets she might be keeping: Quinn, loyal to the aunt she always idolized, is doing her own investigating. Meanwhile, Sasha begins to experience an unsettling series of sleepwalking episodes and coincidences, which all lead back to Violet. Pushed to her emotional limits, Sasha must finally confront the most painful truths about her sister, and herself, even at the risk of losing everything.

Alternating between Sasha’s narration and Cameron’s podcast transcripts, interspersed with documents that offer a tantalizing peek at Violet herself, Acts of Violet is an utterly original, propulsive story of fame, deception, and forgiveness that will make you believe in magic.

Margarita Montimore is the author of Acts of VioletAsleep from Day, and Oona Out of Order, a USA Today bestseller and Good Morning America Book Club pick. After receiving a BFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College, she worked for over a decade in publishing and social media before deciding to focus on the writing dream full-time. Born in Soviet Ukraine and raised in Brooklyn, she currently lives in New Jersey with her husband and dog. There’s still time to get your tickets here!

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Hot new books available from POWERHOUSE Bookstores today.
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For more info call 718-666-3049 or email brittany@POWERHOUSEBookstores.com!  

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Upcoming Book Launches!

*DUMBO* Book Launch:

Acts of Violet by Margarita Montimore
Tuesday, July 5, 7-9 PM

Nearly a decade ago, iconic magician Violet Volk performed her greatest trick yet: vanishing mid-act. Though she hasn’t been seen since, her hold on the public hasn’t wavered. While Violet sought out the spotlight, her sister Sasha, ever the responsible one, took over their mother’s salon and built a quiet life for her daughter, Quinn. But Sasha can never seem to escape her sister’s orbit or her memories of their unresolved, tumultuous relationship. Then there’s Cameron Frank, determined to finally get his big break hosting a podcast devoted to all things Violet––though keeping his job hinges on an exclusive interview with Sasha, the last person who wants to talk to him. Acts of Violet is an utterly original, propulsive story of fame, deception, and forgiveness that will make you believe in magic.

RSVP here!

*DUMBO* Book Launch:

Why Didn’t You Tell Me? by Carmen Rita Wong
Tuesday, July 12, 7-9 PM

Carmen Rita Wong has always craved a sense of belonging: First as a toddler in a warm room full of Black and brown Latina women, like her mother, Lupe, cheering her dancing during her childhood in Harlem. And in Chinatown, where her immigrant father, “Papi” Wong, a hustler, would show her and her older brother off in opulent restaurants decorated in red and gold. Then came the almost exclusively white playgrounds of New Hampshire after her mother married her stepfather, Marty, who seemed to be the ideal of the white American dad. As Carmen entered this new world with her new family—Lupe and Marty quickly had four more children—her relationship with her mother became fraught with tension, suspicion, and conflict, explained only years later by the secrets her mother had kept for so long. And when those secrets were revealed, bringing clarity to so much of Carmen’s life, it was too late for answers. When her mother passed away, Carmen wanted to shake her soul by its shoulders and demand: Why didn’t you tell me?

RSVP here!

*DUMBO* Book Launch:

Sirens & Muses by Antonia Angress, in conversation with Emi Nietfeld
Thursday, July 14, 7-9 PM

It’s 2011: America is in a deep recession and Occupy Wall Street is escalating. But at the elite Wrynn College of Art, students paint and sculpt in a rarefied bubble. Louisa Arceneaux is a thoughtful, observant nineteen-year-old when she transfers to Wrynn as a scholarship student, but she soon finds herself adrift in an environment that prizes novelty over beauty. Complicating matters is Louisa’s unexpected attraction to her charismatic roommate, Karina Piontek, and her fascination with Preston Utley, a senior and anti-capitalist Internet provocateur. With a canny, critical eye, Sirens & Muses overturns notions of class, money, art, youth, and a generation’s fight to own their future.

Tickets here!

*DUMBO* Book Launch:

Mother in the Dark by Kayla Maiuri, in conversation with Sanaë Lemoine
Tuesday, August 9, 7-9 PM

From author Kayla Maiuri, a debut novel about family secrets and a volatile relationship between a mother and her daughters.

Growing up in working class Boston in an Italian American family, Anna’s childhood was sparse but comfortable. Anna and her sisters are devoted to their mother, orbiting her like the sun, trying to keep up with her loving but mercurial nature. When their father gets a new job outside the city, the family is tossed unceremoniously into a middle-class suburban existence. Anna’s mother is suddenly adrift, and the darkness lurking inside her ignites. Her daughters, isolated and trapped with her in the new house, do everything they can to keep her from unraveling. Mother in the Dark is a story about sisterhood, the complications of class, and the chains of inheritance between mothers and daughters.

Tickets here!

*DUMBO* Book Launch:

None Of This Rocks by Joe Trohman
Tuesday, September 13th, 7-9 PM

Trohman cofounded Fall Out Boy with Pete Wentz in the early aughts, and he’s been the sticky element of the metaphorical glue-like substance holding the band together ever since, over the course of a couple decades that have included massive success, occasional backlashes, and one infamous four-year hiatus. Trohman was, and remains, the emotive communicator of the group: the one who made sure they practiced, who copied and distributed the flyers, and who took the wheel throughout many of the early tours. As soon as he was old enough to drive, that is—because he was all of 15 years old when they started out. That’s part of the story Trohman tells in this memoir, which provides an indispensable inside perspective on the history of Fall Out Boy for their legions of fans. But Trohman has a great deal more to convey, thanks to his storytelling chops, his unmistakable voice, and his unmitigated sense of humor in the face of the tragic and the absurd.

Tickets here!

*DUMBO* Book Launch:

The Real Mrs. Tobias by Sally Koslow
Wednesday, September 14th, 7-9 PM

It’s 2015 in New York City, and three women all known as Mrs. Tobias—Veronika, the matriarch, her daughter-in-law Mel, and Mel’s daughter-in-law Birdie—are trying to navigate personal difficulties, some of which are with one another. Veronika and Mel, despite having little in common, are both psychotherapists who are more skilled at helping other people than solving their own problems. Birdie, still dealing with the culture shock of moving to New York City and marrying into the Tobias clan, is pushed to her limit when her husband gets into trouble. No amount of badgering from his steely grandmother, smart-mouthed mother, or disillusioned wife can convince him to own up to what he’s done.

Overwhelmed, Birdie bolts—along with the couple’s young daughter—to her Midwestern hometown, hoping that space, warmth and wisdom from her own feisty grandmother will help her find a path forward. And though Birdie begins to find comfort in unexpected places—a local bookstore and the arms of her old boyfriend—her absence stirs up long simmering troubles back home forcing the Tobiases to reconsider their relationships to each other, and ultimately, what it means to be a family.

Tickets here!

Can’t make an event but want a signed copy? We got you! 
Just email brittany@POWERHOUSEBookstores.com
or leave a message at 718-666-3049 x100 to pre-order.


In case you missed it:

POWERHOUSE events!

Pineapple Princess by Sabina Hahn

A snapshot from the reading!

On June 19th, POWERHOUSE at Industry City welcomed author Sabina Hahn and a crowd of young readers eager to hear her read from her new book Pineapple Princess. 

This misunderstood little girl is certain she’s a princess—despite the protests of her family. One afternoon she’s struck by a brilliant idea. Princesses wear crowns and she knows exactly where to get one. She gets to work—decimating her midday snack until she has a pineapple headpiece fit for royalty. 

What follows is a power rush of epic proportions and a horde of eager subjects in the form of flies. Unfortunately, her new subjects take direction. . . poorly. As this princess’s kingdom slowly devolves into chaos, both her rule and her pineapple crown begin to fall apart.

Sabina Hahn is a Brooklyn based illustrator, animator, and sculptor who loves stories and tall tales. Sabina has been drawing from before she was born; she is a master of capturing subtle fleeting expressions and the most elusive of gestures. She is a co-founder of Interval Studios. Pineapple Princess is her debut picture book.

Order your copy of this laugh-out-loud funny debut, perfect for every intrepid, young megalomaniac in the making.

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SOMETIMES OVERWHELMING by Arlene Gottfried

An ode to the people of New York City in the ’70s and ’80s

Before gentrification, New York City was a gritty and inspiring place. And in its midst was Arlene Gottfried, whose eye for the sublime caught it all. Sometimes Overwhelming, her second powerHouse Book, is a manic yet romantic ode to the people of New York City in the 1970s and 80s. From Coney Island to a Hasid at Riis Beach’s nude bay to the disco nights of sexual abandon and the children in the original Village Halloween parade, Sometimes Overwhelming is a delightfully lighthearted look at the most outrageous people you might ever see.

Grab your copy from us online or in-person!


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