Powerhouse Books Arena Powered by Brooklyn Book-Lovers at #SandyHatesBooks Fundraiser

On Saturday, Powerhouse Books Area held a fundraiser to help them get back on their feet after Hurricane Sandy destroyed much of their inventory and shuttered their doors for a few weeks.

The place looked fantastic and it had a very warm, neighborly atmosphere; other beloved DUMBO businesses like One Girl Cookies and Brooklyn Roasting Company provided snacks and beverages. Throughout the day there were readings by local writers like Paul Auster and Jonathan Franzen. All of the authors read excerpts related to weather and disaster.

After Franzen’s reading, I went up to him and asked for advice on beginning a novel. He grew very bashful and quietly said something about how it took him five years to realize that someone else would be reading the stuff one day.

It was heartening to see so many people rally around an independent bookstore in its time of need. Go Powerhouse and go Brooklyn!

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