THE POWERHOUSE ARENA — a laboratory for creative thought.

Home to world-renowned art book publisher powerHouse Books, the Arena is a gallery, boutique, book store, performance, and events space located at 37 Main Street, in New York City’s scenic DUMBO neighborhood. With soaring 24-foot ceilings on the 5,000 square foot ground floor (with over 175 linear-feet of glass frontage and amphitheater-style seating), the powerHouse Arena showcases a series of landmark exhibitions, performances, and controlled mayhem fusing the worlds of art, photography, design, fashion, pop culture, advertising, music, dance, film, and television into a glorious whirlwind of captivating spectacle. One of twelve places to see in The New York Times36 Hours: Photography in NYC!
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“They’re consistently spot-on with book launch / talk programming, and they’re our go-to for literary events.”
— Brightest Young Things

“The powerHouse Arena is quickly becoming one of the best spots to hear authors read their work.”
— Time Out New York

“The powerHouse Arena has all the books you want, and none of the ones you don’t. It’s Great!”
— DC Pierson – Author of The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To

“powerHouse events are all-out parties rather than staid readings. Attention is paid to pairing the right music with the right book-performers from Kool DJ Red Alert to the MisShapes have played book parties-and an open bar is almost always part of the equation.”
— Publishers Weekly

“If you are looking for great kids’ books, powerHouse Arena has done all of the work for you. They have assembled such a fun collection of books that you can not go wrong. Beautiful classics, new discoveries, unexpected treasures. Go there now.”
— Jon Scieszka – Author of The Stinky Cheese Man

“powerHouse Arena is one of the few places in the city where writers and readers can have a dialog in what has to be the most impressive reading space any indie bookstore offers. It’s a great reminder why independent bookstores are so necessary, and what their function is in a democracy; it gives all of us an opportunity, to openly discuss, in public, face to face questions of the day. The fact that they serve alcohol is, of course, no minor benefit.”
— Joe Meno – Author of The Great Perhaps

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Upcoming Events:

Book Launch: God I Feel Modern Tonight by Catherine Cohen

Book Launch: God I Feel Modern Tonight by Catherine Cohen

POWERHOUSE @ the Archway

Join CATHERINE COHEN for a one-of-a-kind book launch experience! Attendees will meet in the middle of the Brooklyn Bridge for a socially distanced, open air walk and reading down to POWERHOUSE Arena in Dumbo, where they’ll receive their books and Catherine will sign them!

For anyone who isn’t in the city, we’ll also be doing a simultaneous livestream. For virtual or physical attendees, the price is $5 for general admission and $20 for a signed book – which you can pick up or have shipped!

Virtual Book Launch: Widowish by Melissa Gould in conversation with Robin Finn

Virtual Book Launch: Widowish by Melissa Gould in conversation with Robin Finn

POWERHOUSE @ the Archway

In her literary debut, award-winning television writer, Melissa Gould, shares her story of heartache and resilience in the wake of unimaginable loss. The popular author of the New York Times essay “My Husband Died and All I Got Was This Sweatshirt” and the Los Angeles Times piece, “Can One Person Have Two Soulmates?” has reclaimed what it means to be a widow.

Virtual Book Launch: Fake Accounts by Lauren Oyler in conversation with Sheila Heti

Virtual Book Launch: Fake Accounts by Lauren Oyler in conversation with Sheila Heti

POWERHOUSE @ the Archway

On the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration, a young woman snoops through her boyfriend’s phone and makes a startling discovery: he’s an anonymous internet conspiracy theorist, and a popular one at that. Already fluent in internet fakery, irony, and outrage, she’s not exactly shocked by the revelation. Actually, she’s relieved–he was always a little distant–and she plots to end their floundering relationship while on a trip to the Women’s March in DC. But this is only the first in a series of bizarre twists that expose a world whose truths are shaped by online lies.

Virtual Book Launch: Creative Types by Tom Bissell in conversation with Adrienne Miller

Virtual Book Launch: Creative Types by Tom Bissell in conversation with Adrienne Miller

POWERHOUSE @ the Archway

Tom Bissell vividly renders the complex worlds of characters on the brink of artistic and personal crisis–writers, actors, and other creative types who see things slightly differently from the rest of us. Surreal, poignant, squirmingly awkward–and always just a little bit off–this collection is a brilliant new offering from one of the most versatile and talented writers in America today.

Virtual Book Launch: The Night Always Comes by Willy Vlautin in conversation with Franz Nicolay

Virtual Book Launch: The Night Always Comes by Willy Vlautin in conversation with Franz Nicolay

POWERHOUSE @ the Archway

Set over two days and two nights, THE NIGHT ALWAYS COMES follows Lynette’s frantic search across the city, encountering pervasive greed, money old and new, those who are benefiting and those left behind by a city in boom. Desperate for help that doesn’t come, she makes a dangerous choice that sets her on a precarious, frenzied spiral.