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 debut novel of author ALISON FAIRBROTHER! 

Tuesday, June 21, don’t miss the launch of The Catch, a new novel by author and journalist Alison Fairbrother, in conversation with Meg Wolitzer

Two years out of college, Ellie Adler has a job in journalism, an older lover, and a circle of smart friends. Her beloved father, James, who has children from three marriages, unites the family with his gentle humor and charisma, but Ellie has always believed she is her father’s favorite.

When he suddenly dies, she finds herself devastated by the unexpected loss. Then, at the reading of his will, she learns that instead of leaving her his prized possession—a baseball that holds emotional resonance for them both—he has left her a seemingly ridiculous, even insulting gift. Worse, he’s given the baseball to someone no one in the family has ever heard of. 

In her grief, Ellie wonders who could have possibly meant more to her father than she did. Setting out to track this person down, she learns startling information about who her father really was and who she herself is becoming. Moving, witty, and unforgettable, The Catch is a story of the gifts we’re given over the course of a lifetime, by family, friends, and strangers—the ones we want and the ones that catch us unawares.

Alison Fairbrother is an associate editor at Riverhead Books and worked as a journalist in  Washington D.C. before getting her MFA at Stony Brook University. She lives in Brooklyn. 

 Meg Wolitzer, the New York Times–bestselling author of The Interestings, The Uncoupling, The Ten-Year Nap, The Female Persuasion, The Position, The Wife, and Sleepwalking, will be joining Alison for the launch. 

There’s still time to get your tickets here!

Browse all upcoming events here, or just keep scrolling!


Now for a cross-genre Pride Month reading list hand-selected from our LGBTQ+ bookshelf:

The Love that Dares, by Rachel Smith and Barbara Vesey –– An intimate and inspiring collection of letters revealing some of the greatest queer love stories in history.

From Gay to Z: A Queer Compendium, by Justin Sayre –– This illustrated compendium celebrates LGBTQIA+ history and culture, written by and according to culture icon Justin Elizabeth Sayre!

All the Things We Don’t Talk About, by Amy Feltman –– A “big-hearted, lively, and expansive portrait of a family” that follows a neurodivergent father, his nonbinary teenager, and the sudden, catastrophic reappearance of the woman who abandoned them (Claire Lombardo, New York Times bestselling author).

In the Dream House, by Carmen Maria Machado –– A revolutionary memoir about domestic abuse by the award-winning author of Her Body and Other Parties.

Ahead of the curve on your queer reading list? Try others like Douglas Stuart’s novels, Young Mungo and Shuggie Bain, about growing up queer in working-class Scotland; Detransition, Baby, about the lives of three women—transgender and cisgender—colliding after an unexpected pregnancy; With Teeth, a story of two mothers, one difficult son, and the limitations of marriage, parenthood, and love; We Do What We Do in the Dark, about the forbidden romance between and college freshman and an older married woman who works at her school; One Last Stop, a magical, sexy, big-hearted romance where the impossible becomes possible; Greedy: Notes from a Bisexual Who Wants too Much, a hilarious and whip-smart collection of essays, offering an intimate look at bisexuality, gender, and, of course, sex; When Brooklyn Was Queer: A History, the never-before-told story of Brooklyn’s vibrant and forgotten queer history, from the mid-1850s up to the present day; and Continuum by fine artist, activist, and Titans actor Chella Man who uses his own experiences as a deaf, transgender, genderqueer, Jewish person of color to talk about cultivating self-acceptance and acting as one’s own representation. For the YA readers out there, we suggest Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the UniverseJay’s Gay Agenda, and for the middle-grade readers, Thanks a Lot, Universe.

These and more titles are available for purchase in-store and online!


Great New Releases!

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:

The Catch by Alison Fairbrother, in conversation with Meg Wolitzer
Tuesday, June 21st, 7-9 PM

Two years out of college, Ellie Adler has a job in journalism, an older lover, and a circle of smart friends. Her beloved father, James, who has children from three marriages, unites the family with his gentle humor and charisma, but Ellie has always believed she is her father’s favorite. When he suddenly dies, she finds herself devastated by the unexpected loss. Then, at the reading of his will, she learns that instead of leaving her his prized possession—a baseball that holds emotional resonance for them both—he has left her a seemingly ridiculous, even insulting gift. Worse, he’s given the baseball to someone no one in the family has ever heard of.

In her grief, Ellie wonders who could have possibly meant more to her father than she did. Setting out to track this person down, she learns startling information about who her father really was and who she herself is becoming. Moving, witty, and unforgettable, The Catch is a story of the gifts we’re given over the course of a lifetime, by family, friends, and strangers—the ones we want and the ones that catch us unawares.

RSVP here!

*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!

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!

Don’t Worry Murray by David Ezra Stein

A snapshot from the reading!

On June 12th, POWERHOUSE at Industry City welcomed author David Ezra Stein and a crowd of young readers eager to hear him read from his new book Don’t Worry Murray.

Murray worries…about lots of things. He doesn’t want to go out in the rain. He’s scared of the barking dogs at the park. Fireworks make him jump. But gradually he learns that he can put on a raincoat. He can make new friends. He can be brave. From Caldecott Honor–winning artist David Ezra Stein comes a tender and reassuring story about facing our fears, whatever they may be.

David Ezra Stein is an award winning illustrator and author of Interrupting Chicken as well as many other award-winning picture books, including Dinosaur KissesHush, Little Bunny; and Leaves, winner of an Ezra Jack Keats Award. He lives in Kew Gardens, New York, with his two children and a bunny named Bun Bun.

Order your copy of this refreshing, comforting story about growth and acceptance.

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Pride Month at powerHouse Books

CASA SUSANNA by Michel Hurst

Some time ago, while at a New York flea market, inveterate collectors Michael Hurst and Robert Swope discovered a large body of snapshots: album after aged album of well-preserved images, taken roughly between the mid-50s and mid-60s, depicting a group of cross-dressers united around a place called Casa Susanna, a rather large and charmingly banal Victorian-style house in small-town New Jersey.

As gloriously primped as these documentary snaps are, it is in the more private and intimate life at Casa Susanna, where the girls sweep the front porch, cook, knit, play Scrabble, relax at the nearby lake and, of course, dress for the occasion, that the stunning insight to a very private club becomes nothing less than brilliant and awe inspiring in its pre-glam, pre-drag-pose ordinariness and nascent preening and posturing in new identities.

Grab your copy from us online or in-person!


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