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-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: How Sex Changed the Internet and the Internet Changed Sex

Join us on November 15th to welcome Samantha Cole to talk about her new book How Sex Changed the Internet and the Internet Changed Sex! In conversation with Liara Rioux.

Find tickets here!

A lively, highly visual history, filled with broad themes and backstories, pioneering personalities and eureka-moments, How the Internet Changed Sex… is a short, serious, and highly entertaining look at the intertwining convergence of sex and the Internet. Written by Samantha Cole, who’s been on this beat as a senior writer for Vice, How The Internet Changed Sex … covers everything from Jennicam (remember her?) to the problem of “deep fakes,” from “A Brief History of Online Dating” to how the government has been trying to reckon with NSFW content, cybersex to what the promise of VR spaces like the Metaverse hold for the future of human sexual interactions. Porn is the least of it— this is a book about human nature during the digital gold rush of the last fifty years.

Samantha Cole is a senior editor for Motherboard, Vice’s science and technology outlet, where she covers sexuality, online culture, platforms, and the adult industry. Born on Maryland’s eastern shore, Sam’s decade in journalism spans from hyper-local newspapers to national and international outlets including Popular Science, Fast Company, and Al Jazeera. In 2020, she was nominated for a Writer’s Guild Award for best digital news coverage. In her spare time, Sam can be found biking around Brooklyn, stress-baking, and spelunking into internet subcultures. Learn more about Sam on her website: https://samleecole.com/about/ or on twitter: @samleecole


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We are looking for an events coordinator and experienced booksellers. Find more details here!


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:

Scattered Showers by Rainbow Rowell
Thursday Nov 10, 6-9 PM

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Rainbow Rowell comes her first short-story collection, Scattered Showers

Rainbow Rowell has won fans all over the world by writing about love and life in a way that feels true.

In her first collection, she gives us nine beautifully crafted love stories. Girl meets boy camping outside a movie theater. Best friends debate the merits of high school dances. A prince romances a troll. A girl romances an imaginary boy. And Simon Snow himself returns for a holiday adventure.

It’s a feast of irresistible characters, hilarious dialogue, and masterful storytelling—in short, everything you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell book.

Tickets here!

*DUMBO* Book Event:

Red Light Fiction featuring Hadley Franklin, Evan Gorzeman, Dallin, Lior Torenberg, and Mina Seckin!
Sunday Nov 13, 5-7 PM

Red Light Fiction: A Sex & Relationships Reading Series seeks to combat narratives of domination with narratives of connection. We are looking for bold and innovative new depictions of relationships that elevate our understanding of human connection and celebrate intimacy in all its myriad forms.

RSVP here!

*DUMBO* Book Launch:

How Sex Changed the Internet and the Internet Changed Sex by Samantha Cole, Moderated by Liara Roux
Tuesday Nov 15, 7-9 PM

From the moment there was an “online,” there was sex online. The famous test image used by software engineers to develop formats like the jpeg was “Lenna,” taken from Playboy’s November 1972 centerfold. Early bulletin boards and multi-user domains quickly came to serve their members sexual musings. Facebook started as a way to rate “hot or not” Harvard co-eds. In fact, virtually every significant development that defines the Internet we know and love (and hate) today—privacy issues, online payments and online banking, dating, social media, streaming technology, mass data collection—came out the meeting of sexuality and technology.

And the kicker is, not only did sexuality vastly influence the Internet, but the Internet arguably changed modern human sexuality by giving every imaginable non-hetereonormative community a place to explore, fantasize, thrive, and be accepted.

A lively, highly visual history, filled with broad themes and backstories, pioneering personalities and eureka-moments, How the Internet Changed Sex… is a short, serious, and highly entertaining look at the intertwining convergence of sex and the Internet. Written by Samantha Cole, who’s been on this beat as a senior writer for Vice, How The Internet Changed Sex … covers everything from Jennicam (remember her?) to the problem of “deep fakes,” from “A Brief History of Online Dating” to how the government has been trying to reckon with NSFW content, cybersex to what the promise of VR spaces like the Metaverse hold for the future of human sexual interactions. Porn is the least of it— this is a book about human nature during the digital gold rush of the last fifty years.

Tickets here!

*DUMBO* Book Launch

There Are No Coincidences by Aliza Kelly
Wednesday Nov 16, 2022, 7-9 PM

What does it mean when you glance at the clock and see 11:11 or when a hummingbird flutters by your window? How do you interpret an unexpected text from an ex or accidentally missing your flight? Or that wild chance encounter that has the potential to change your life forever? In the world of modern mysticism, one thing is certain: There are no coincidences.

As a celebrity astrologer, author, and media personality, Aliza Kelly has worked with thousands of individuals and witnessed countless magical experiences. Every single day she receives dozens of messages from strangers asking for help with interpreting signs, symbols, or synchronicities. Identifying the meaning behind these powerful, enchanted encounters has become a huge part of the mysticism community.

​There Are No Coincidences is a 44-card deck and guidebook designed to illuminate limitless possibilities, evoking alignment, presence, gratitude, and daily affirmation. Broken into four categories—Cosmos, Nature, Thresholds, and Chance—Kelly walks readers through various daily encounters and experiences that hold hidden universal meanings. With instructions that detail the different ways to use, read, and interpret the cards, There Are No Coincidences is the perfect resource for astrology enthusiasts, modern mystics, and TikTok witches alike.

Tickets here!

*DUMBO* Book Launch

Unchecked by Rachael Bade and Karoun Demirjian
Monday Nov 21, 7-9 PM

In a riveting account that flips the script on what readers think they know about the two impeachments of Donald Trump, Rachael Bade and Karoun Demirjian reveal how—and why—congressional oversight failed when it was needed most.

Unchecked weaves a vivid narrative of how House Democrats under the lead of a cautious speaker, Nancy Pelosi, hesitated for months to stand up to Trump—and then pulled punches in their effort to oust him in a misguided effort to protect themselves politically. What they left on the cutting room floor would come back to haunt them, as Republicans seized on their missteps to whip an uneasy GOP rank-and-file into line behind Donald Trump, abandoning their scruples to defend a president who some privately believed had indeed abused his power.

Even after Trump incited a mob to violently attack the Capitol—a day the authors recount in minute-by-minute, stunning detail — Democrats pressured their own investigators to forego a thorough investigation in the name of safeguarding the Biden agenda. And Republicans, fearful of repelling a base they needed for re-election, missed their best moment to turn their backs on a leader they secretly agreed was destructive to democracy.

Sourced from hundreds of interviews with all the key players, the authors of Unchecked pull back the curtain on how both parties pursued political expediency over fact-finding. The end result not only emboldened Trump, giving him room for a political comeback, but also undermined Congress by rendering toothless their most powerful check on a president: the power of impeachment. A dramatic and at times crushing work of investigative reporting, Unchecked is both a gripping page-turner of political intrigue and a detailed case study for historians and political scientists searching for answers about the unravelling of checks and balances that have governed American democracy for centuries.

Tickets here!

*DUMBO* Archway Editions presents

NDA: An Autofiction Anthology Book Launch featuring Rindon Johnson, Allie Rowbottom, Jon Lindsey, Eileen Myles and more
Tuesday Nov 29, 7-9 PM

ARCHWAY EDITIONS is POWERHOUSE Arena’s homegrown literary imprint of the world famous photobook publisher powerHouse Books (distributed by Simon & Schuster). Named after the Manhattan Bridge archway visible right outside and started by two former booksellers, they’ve published or are publishing major work from writers like Ishmael Reed, Alice Notley and Paul Schrader.

NDA: An Autoficton Anthology is an exciting new anthology of autofiction edited by Caitlin Forst featuring a wide range of today’s best writers, both established and up-and-coming.

Collected autofictions from mainstays of literary, art, and internet avant-garde writing. The contributors in this anthology produce a contemporary, subversive primer of works engaging the relationship between the writer and the text. Contributors include: Aiden Arata, Nathan Dragon, David Fishkind, Rindon Johnson, Aristilde Kirby, Tao Lin, Chris Molnar, Vi Khi Nao, Elle Nash, Gina Nutt, Brad Phillips, Sam Pink, Darina Sikmashvilli and BR Yeager.

Tickets here!

*DUMBO* Archway Editions presents the LAUNCH of

BIMBOLAND by Erin Taylor
Saturday Dec 03, 7-9 PM

ARCHWAY EDITIONS is POWERHOUSE Arena’s homegrown literary imprint of the world famous photobook publisher powerHouse Books (distributed by Simon & Schuster). Named after the Manhattan Bridge archway visible right outside and started by two former booksellers, they’ve published or are publishing major work from writers like Ishmael Reed, Alice Notley and Paul Schrader.

Bimboland is an astonishing debut poetry collection wrestling with desire, vulnerability, sex work and money from writer and poet Erin Taylor.

Bimboland is an astute and confident debut, balancing, in their blistering and tender style, their life as a sex worker and socialist politics. The poems are full of desire and vulnerability, insight and calls to action, both personal and societal. You can get lost in the insatiable pace of their words and the way in which you feel, as they feel, “powerful yet somehow / nothing.”

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.



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Back in Stock: Street Photographer by Vivian Maiere

Order Street Photographer here!

A good street photographer must be possessed of many talents: an eye for detail, light, and composition; impeccable timing; a populist or humanitarian outlook; and a tireless ability to constantly shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot and never miss a moment. It is hard enough to find these qualities in trained photographers with the benefit of schooling and mentors and a community of fellow artists and aficionados supporting and rewarding their efforts. It is incredibly rare to find it in someone with no formal training and no network of peers.

Yet Vivian Maier is all of these things, a professional nanny, who from the 1950s until the 1990s took over 100,000 photographs worldwide—from France to New York City to Chicago and dozens of other countries—and yet showed the results to no one. The photos are amazing both for the breadth of the work and for the high quality of the humorous, moving, beautiful, and raw images of all facets of city life in America’s post-war golden age.

It wasn’t until local historian John Maloof purchased a box of Maier’s negatives from a Chicago auction house and began collecting and championing her marvelous work just a few years ago that any of it saw the light of day. Presented here for the first time in print, Vivian Maier: Street Photographer collects the best of her incredible, unseen body of work.


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