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!

Dumbo
28 Adams St.
Brooklyn, NY
11207

Mon – Sun: 10:00am – 7:00pm

Park Slope
1111 8th Av.
Brooklyn, NY
11215

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

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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Get personalized recommendations and special orders from these expert staffers: 
Brittany (Dumbo), Hannah (Park Slope), or Susanne (Industry City).

Thank you for continuing to support your local indie bookstore!



 Book Launch of BLACK SKINHEAD by Brandi Collins-Dexter

Join us on September 20th for a book launch with Brandi Collins-Dexter.

For fans of Bad Feminist and The Sum of Us, Black Skinhead sparks a radical conversation about Black America and political identity.

In Black Skinhead, Brandi Collins-Dexter, former Senior Campaign Director for Color Of Change, explores the fragile alliance between Black voters and the Democratic party. Through sharp, timely essays that span the political, cultural, and personal, Collins-Dexter reveals decades of simmering disaffection in Black America, told as much through voter statistics as it is through music, film, sports, and the baffling mind of Kanye West.

While Black Skinhead is an outward look at Black votership and electoral politics, it is also a funny, deeply personal, and introspective look at Black culture and identity, ultimately revealing a Black America that has become deeply disillusioned with the failed promises of its country.

Brandi Collins-Dexter is the former Senior Campaign Director at Color Of Change, where she oversaw the media, culture, and economic justice departments. She led a number of successful corporate accountability campaigns ranging from getting R. Kelly dropped from RCA to pressuring financial companies to pull funding from over 100 hate groups. She has testified in front of Congress on issues related to race, technology and corporate accountability. Brandi is a regular commentator in the media on racial justice and was named a 2017 “person to watch” by The Hill and one of the 100 most influential African Americans by The Root in 2019. She holds a B.A. in history from Agnes Scott College, and a J.D. from University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School. She is a visiting fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. Brandi comes from a long line of South Side Chicagoans and currently lives in Baltimore with her husband David and their cat, Ella.


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Great New Releases!

Hot new books available from POWERHOUSE Bookstores today.
 Click your pick to order a copy on our website today!

For more info call 718-666-3049 or email brittany@POWERHOUSEBookstores.com!  

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Upcoming Book Launches!

*DUMBO* Book Launch: None Of This Rocksby 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 in conversation with Mary Morris
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!

*DUMBO* Book Launch:

Rated X by Maitland Ward
Thursday September 15th, 7-9 PM

An empowering, sex-positive, behind-the-scenes look at both Hollywood and the porn industry in this celebrity memoir unlike any other. Perfect for fans of Pleasure Activism and How to Make Love Like a Porn Star.

Maitland Ward got her start in acting as a teenager when she was cast in The Bold and the Beautiful, but it wasn’t until she joined the later seasons of the sitcom Boy Meets World that she got her first taste of fame. As the loveable, sexy (but not too sexy) co-ed Rachel McGuire, Ward soon found herself being typecast as the good girl next door and was repeatedly denied darker, more intriguing roles. So she made a career change—one that required her to turn away from the Disney universe—and eventually established herself as one of the most-respected actresses in the porn industry today.

Now, Ward reveals the ups and downs of her fascinating career, including personal stories from her time on one of the most beloved shows of the 1990s, in this anything but a run-of-the-mill memoir. By showing Hollywood and triple-X stardom in a whole new light, she offers a fresh and stirring perspective on the sex industry. Ultimately a story of hope and triumph, Rated X is a sharp and provocative look at a former Disney princess who found her fairy tale in porn.

Tickets here!

*DUMBO* Book Launch:

BLACK SKINHEAD by Brandi Collins-Dexter
Tuesday, September 20th, 7-9 PM

For fans of Bad Feminist and The Sum of Us, Black Skinhead sparks a radical conversation about Black America and political identity.

In Black Skinhead, Brandi Collins-Dexter, former Senior Campaign Director for Color Of Change, explores the fragile alliance between Black voters and the Democratic party. Through sharp, timely essays that span the political, cultural, and personal, Collins-Dexter reveals decades of simmering disaffection in Black America, told as much through voter statistics as it is through music, film, sports, and the baffling mind of Kanye West.

While Black Skinhead is an outward look at Black votership and electoral politics, it is also a funny, deeply personal, and introspective look at Black culture and identity, ultimately revealing a Black America that has become deeply disillusioned with the failed promises of its country.

Tickets here!

*DUMBO* Book Launch:

MEME WARS by Joan Donovan, Emily Dreyfuss, and Brian Friedberg
Wednesday Sep 21, 7-9 PM

A groundbreaking investigation into the digital underworld, where far-right operatives wage wars against mainstream America, from a masterful trio of experts in media and tech.

Memes have long been dismissed as inside jokes with no political importance. Nothing could be further from the truth. Memes are bedrock to the strategy of conspiracists such as Alex Jones, provocateurs like Milo Yiannopoulos, white nationalists like Nick Fuentes, and tacticians like Roger Stone. While the media and most politicians struggle to harness the organizing power of the internet, the “redpill right” weaponizes memes, pushing conspiracy theories and disinformation into the mainstream to drag people down the rabbit hole. These meme wars stir strong emotions, deepen partisanship, and get people off their keyboards and into the streets–and the steps of the US Capitol.

Tickets here!

*DUMBO* Book Launch:

We Loved The World But Could Not Stay by Gary Lippman, Moderated by Maureen Van Zandt
Thursday Sep 22, 7-9 PM

Werewolf hairstylists. Obsessive twins. John Dillinger reincarnated. Ethiopian Nazi hunters. And the last living Pictish speaker on the planet.

These are just a few of the characters who make up WE LOVED THE WORLD BUT COULD NOT STAY (Rare Bird Books), a poignant and irreverent collection of one-sentence stories from Gary Lippman, author of the novel Set the Controls for the Heart of Sharon Tate.

Lippman, an attorney and journalist who has written for The New York TimesThe Paris Review, and VICE, grapples with what it means to love an imperfect world—a world filled with tales of chance and fate that are alternately funny and heartbreaking.

Praised by Laurie Anderson, Tom Robbins, and Lorraine Bracco, WE LOVED THE WORLD BUT COULD NOT STAY is no dry philosophical tome. Offering up psychedelic portraits of time travelers and taxi drivers, a wrestling match between ancient Gods, and the meaning of a mural on the wall of a Miami Beach pizzeria, Lippman deploys a unique artistic sensibility, one that combines Borscht Belt-style one-liners and surreal takes on American pop iconography.

WE LOVED THE WORLD BUT COULD NOT STAY is an eclectic and imaginative flash fiction collection, a rich tapestry of human experience. And remember: if for some reason you don’t like one story, the next story is only half a sentence away.

Tickets here!

*DUMBO* Book Launch:

A Cigarette Lit Backwards by Tea Hacic-Vlahovic in conversation with Rachel Rabbit White

Wednesday, September 28th, 7-9 PM

Kat is dying to be accepted by the North Carolina punks; she is totally desperate to seem cool. At a punk show, she ends up backstage with a rock star and gets noticed by a photojournalist. And then—a dream come true for Kat—her reputation as a groupie icon skyrockets. But to maintain this notoriety, Kat makes a series of devastating choices and, soon enough, she becomes unrecognizable to herself and others.

Tea Hacic-Vlahovic’s A Cigarette Lit Backwards is a sometimes funny, often brutally honest novel about ambition and self-discovery and how a world of glamour and cool exerts its bold and breathless pull. In prose that seduces, glitters, and exhilarates, Tea Hacic-Vlahovic has written a novel that is both a wild party and a somber reckoning, consolidating her status as a thrilling and essential new voice for our time.

Tickets here!

*DUMBO* Book Launch:

Mike Tyson by  Lori Grinker and Bruce Silverglade 
Saturday, October 15th, 5-7 PM @ Gleason’s Gym

Lori Grinker unveils a collection of never-before-seen photographs from the 1980s and 1990s, showcasing a very little- known side of the boxing superstar at his prime—in and out of the ring.

It all began with an art school photography assignment: Lori Grinker was shooting a project on young boxers under the guidance of the legendary trainer Cus D’Amato. Her main focus became a nine-year-old boxer named Billy Hamm. While Lori was photographing him, Cus wandered over and asked why she was shooting that kid, when the bigger kid in the corner working a speed bag would one day become the heavyweight champion of the world! The kid was a then 13-year-old Mike Tyson.

Lori’s early boxing photographs of Mike Tyson are without peer—little exists from the era, and all of Grinker’s work is personal with uniquely privileged access behind the ring.

Over the next decade, Lori would photograph the coterie that surrounded Mike; Cus’s funeral, going home to Brownsville, old friends, trips abroad, his hook-up with Robin Givens, their wedding, their divorce, and the training and fights in between until Tyson’s first defeat—the Buster Douglas fight of 1991. This is a side of the Mike Tyson story rarely seen or shared.

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:

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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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Edgy and gritty albeit stunning photographs revealing and documenting the darker side of Bangkok, Thailand; the Land of Smiles.

Order Persona Non Grata today!

What comes to mind when you think of Thailand? For many, it’s The Land of Smiles, but that couldn’t be further from the truth, in my opinion, at least when you take the time to scratch beneath the surface.

I have to admit that the first time you get there, you can’t help but think, “Man, these people discovered some secret to life. Look at them smiling and being nice, almost to the point of submission.” But then by the second week of your stay it’s clear that most of it is fake!

How could you even think for a moment that they really like us? Look at us: Americans on steroids doing Muay Thai, banging local girls… lost souls trying to find some sense of belonging… old German dudes walking around with really young (or not so young) prostitutes… backpackers with dreadlocks… nothing there to like, and if I were Thai I would be seriously pissed off, which I think they all are, but just brought up not to show it…

It’s a strange place. On one hand you have people doing whatever it takes to save face, trying to keep appearances at all times, avoiding any (ANY) kind of confrontation; going so far as to tell you ONLY what you want to hear, no matter how far from the truth it might be… but on the other hand underaged girls are sold into prostitution by their families, without any thought given to it… it’s just weird. Or it might be better to say “different”…?

Visually though, it’s just stunning. Food is amazing. And the fact that most people don’t speak English, or are too shy to even attempt to, makes the whole experience even more intriguing. Another planet…

I researched Thailand extensively, over some ten long trips, mostly focusing on Bangkok. Tried to dig as deeply as possible, not going with the flow, and I think I did a pretty good job. 

As my friend Adrian, who lives there, put it, “MAN, IF YOU EVER DO A BOOK ON BANGKOK, THEY’LL NEVER LET YOU BACK IN…”, hence the title… I hope he’s wrong, but we’ll see. – Boogie


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