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BookStalked: Julie Buntin of powerHouse Arena


With its 24-foot ceilings, amphitheater-style seating and gorgeous views of Manhattan, DUMBO’s powerHouse Arena is one of the most visually arresting places you can browse for books. The arena was built in 2006 by publisher powerHouse Books, who envisioned it as a hybrid gallery/events space/bookstore. PowerHouse constantly hosts big-name guests (some authors I’ve seen there recently include A.S. Byatt and Jeffrey Eugenides), and I’m always eagerly scrolling through their just-announced events.

Julie Buntin has been powerHouse’s events coordinator for about five months, but she already has an assortment of tales, ranging from dealing with Sandy’s devastating effects to hanging with NYC’s most brilliant to reining in a punk party that got a bit out of control. More after the jump.

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This Week’s Readings

MONDAY: Tonight’s Franklin Park Reading Series will feature last week’s BookStalkee Karolina Waclawiak (How to Get Into the Twin Palms), Tim Horvath (Understories), Dylan Nice (Other Kinds), Margarita Korol (Spoils of War: Ode to a Refusenik Mother), and Lars Iyer (Spurious, Dogma & Exodus). [FRANKLIN PARK]

TUESDAY: Fiction Addiction’s new sister nonfiction series Big Umbrella will kick off with Rosie Schaap (Drinking with Men), Christopher Bollen (Lightning People), and Vol. 1 Brooklyn’s Jason Diamond. [2A]

WEDNESDAY: Manil Suresh (The Death of Vishnu) will discuss his newest, The City of Devi, with Rajesh Parameswaran (I Am an Executioner). [MCNALLY JACKSON]

THURSDAY: Can’t beat the name: “It’s Like my Heart has Sciatica: Smith Mag’s Annual Love & Hearthbreak Story Show.” Contributors sharing tales of “shattered relationships” will include Ophira Eisenberg, David Crabb, A.J. Jacobs, Catie Lazarus, Abby Ellin, and Bryan Christian. $10. [92Y TRIBECA]

FRIDAY: I’ve always wanted to see A. S. Byatt read — and now I’ll finally get my chance! The author of Possession and The Children’s Book, along with Tracy K. Smith (Life on Mars), will and be interviewed by WNYC’s Leonard Lopate. [POWERHOUSE ARENA]