In Praise of the Undiscriminating Reader
It’s no secret that we’re Serious Readers over here at powerHouse. Our tastes run from the erudite to the indie-quirky to Brooklyn’s literati and then back to the erudite—we’re the kind of people who wouldn’t think twice about taking Middlemarch to the beach. Or a Melville House novella (Bartleby, anyone?). We have MFAs, you guys. A casual scan of our staff picks shelf reveals Her, Christa...
Al Gore predicts THE FUTURE
We’re gearing up for Al Gore’s appearance at the Arena this Friday, March 8th. Did you hear that, internet? Al. Gore. He’s going to be delivering an impassioned take on the forces shaping our future as a country, and most importantly, as a world. Obviously, it’s a huge honor for us to host him. Get your ticket now. Don’t miss what might be your only chance to...
News, News, News
Lots of stuff going on here lately. After hurricane Sandy ate our books and our customers helped us get lots of beautiful new ones, we savored a restful, well deserved (read: fattening) holiday break. But now we’re back, and we feel better and stronger than ever, just as all our encouraging supporters said we would. Come see for yourself. We’ve got gorgeous new books on our tables...
True Life I Work in a Bookstore
I woke up this morning, and yeah, I’m getting over that wretched winter flu thing that took down half of New York City, and yeah it wasn’t as snot-freezingly cold as usual, but you know, I didn’t really want to tear myself out of bed and hurry off to powerHouse to start the day. It wasn’t exactly my first choice. (Hint: My first choice was sleeping and then waking up to...
Dear Readers, Attendees, Patrons- We owe you our livelihood. We owe our reemergence, first by fire last October, then by hurricane flooding this October, to your tenacious and fiercely loyal love and support. We couldn’t be more humbled or more thankful that we live in a city where what we strive to do strikes such a chord. We are blessed, and we thank you. As we cleaned and repainted and...
Sandy Hates Books Fundraiser Teaser
Our fundraiser is coming together! Thanks to all who have volunteered time or donated books/artwork or spread the word or are simply planning on being here. Feeling so grateful for all the love and support from readers across the country. There is no other way to say it: book people are the best people. Also, Jennifer Egan is reading! And Paul Auster! And Joseph O’Neill! And many, many...
Behind all the fun stuff in a bookstore (ahem, the books) there is a POS system that keeps the whole operation running. Ours was damaged in the storm—shout out and major thanks to David Enix at Enix Associates, for getting us a replacement POS system stat. Booksellers and small business owners, take note!
The Business of Books in a Hurricane →
The powerHouse Arena gets a shout-out in this thoughtful article about the difficulties faced by booksellers in the aftermath of so much Sandy-related suffering. Important to remember that for many of us, it could have been much worse.
Children’s books specialist Jordan Nielson poses with our first post-Sandy customer.
As of 2pm today, powerHouse Arena is OPEN. Stop in and see us, we missed you.
SAVE THE DATE: Sandy Hates Books Fundraiser
Save the date, and save the store! On Saturday, November 17, 12–9pm, we’re hosting a day-long book fair featuring drinks, music, and some of our favorite authors. We will share more details with you as they come. A big thank you to everyone for the incredible outpouring of support we’ve already received. If you’d like to help us rebuild and restock and can donate a small...