Tom Hall, & The Captain of All These Men of Death is the latest offering of Russell Hill.  a coming-of-age novel about a 12-year-old boy living in the ‘40s with his TB stricken father. Tom’s adventures during this time are mischievous, dangerous, and educational. Tom Hall
a world of danger and mystery while roaming the desert hills and the LA streets.

Available Now. $!7. ISBN 978-0-912887-25-8/



Welcome to Pleasure Boat Studio: A Literary Press, where we have been publishing the best literature we could find since 1996. Our other imprints include our mystery books, Caravel, and our non-fiction line, Aequitas. Also on this site you will find Empty Bowl Press, a Division of Pleasure Boat Studio. Click HERE to get a list of our authors.


Check out the YouTube video of Rita Miljo, the subject of an upcoming book we’re doing by Michael Blumenthal.

Wonderful reviews of Robert Sund’s Poems from Ish River Country on Robert’s page, here.

Click here to see a teaser for the movie (in the works) of Russell Hill’s Lord God Bird. Looks terrific.

See the NYTBR of 2/15/15 for a great review of James Anderson’s Never-Open Desert Diner! 

A couple strong reviews of 
 our Lawyer Poets book. Check out this one and another on the editor’s page, here.

Read the latest review of Bruce Berger’s END OF THE SHERRY here.

Read the latest review of Hannah Hess’s HONEST DECEPTIONS here.

Log into to see her poem-per-day exercise. 

Go to YouTube and search for “Deceptive Hannah” for a very interesting 8-minute piece on Hannah Hess’s wonderful novel, HONEST DECEPTIONS.

Read an excellent interview with Tim McNulty in the Oregonian by clicking here.

If you can read Italian, check out the article about Lucia Gazzino on her page herein.

Interview with James Elkins, editor of Lawyer Poets and That World We Call Law. Click here.

Take a look at Linda Lappin’s fascinating commentary about her novel, Signatures in Stone. Click here to go to her author’s page. 

New review: Lucia Gazzino’s Alter Mundus, translated by Michael Daley. See it here.

Bruce Berger’s The End of the Sherry was an Indy Groundbreaking Book for February. Check out the review here.

Here’s a really fine essay by James Elkins, editor of LAWYER POETS, examining the question of WHY WRITE? Click Why_I_Write_Elkins.pdf

Our first YouTube video trailer is now released for the upcoming mystery Signatures in Stone, by Linda Lappin. It’s terrific. Take a look at 

Check out the new video of a reading by Ish River Poets. The video was done by pubiisher Jim Bodeen (Blue Begonia Press):

Now you can LISTEN to Frances Driscoll’s marvelous and powerful THE RAPE POEMS. Available on iTunes or by clicking here.

Check out this video of Mike O’Connor discussing his work. It’s part of a larger work by Sharon Robinson. Go to Mike’s site for more information.

 Listen to a great radio interview with Russell Conner (Toys from my Attic) on David Alpern’s FOR YOUR EARS ONLY program. (Note: Russell’s part starts at 35:04.)

Check out the video of Louis Phillips. The video is beautifully done by Louis’s son Ian.

 Here’s Jack’s video on writing: “Comma Comma Comma Quote.”

Read publisher Jack Estes’ opinion piece in PUBLISHERS WEEKLY:      “Books are not dead.”

The Never-Open Desert Diner

James Anderson’s long-anticipated novel is now available! The book is attracting lots of attention with reviews in The NYTimes Book Review, Mystery Scene, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Booklist, Prose ‘n Cons and others. Everyone loves this book. $25, in hard copy only.

Check out these excerpts from reviews (see full reviews on James Anderson’s page):

“…A wondrously strange first novel by James Anderson….

a voice that’s…well, high, dry and severely beautiful…Anderson is one fine storyteller.”

—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

"Anderson's first novel…is a great one…(with) genius in creating characters that stay with you…They creep into your brain and settle in for a lengthy visit.You have not read a book like The Never Open Desert Diner in a long time, if ever. Once you open its pages you will know you are in for something surprisingly enjoyable. James Anderson and his premiere novel are a serendipity that will make a mark on your brain in the most positive way." Jackie Cooper, The Huffington Post

"Seldom have I read a novel more affecting than The Never-Open Desert Diner, and seldom have I encountered such memorable characters." Betty Webb, Mystery Scene

We are so pleased to offer a new book by Judith Skillman, a widely published and highly respected Pacific Northwest poet. Here’s what is being said about this book:

House of Burnt Offerings reads like an incantation, alchemical arrangements of language that rouse a reader into new forms of wakefulness. Precise images embed themselves in the mind; fluid sequences evoke a multitude of emotional responses. Reading Skillman’s poems, I felt more acutely my own desire to be fully alive, the pressing realities of beauty
and loss.”—John Amen, editor of The Pedestal Magazine

The book is now available for $16.

ISBN 978-0-912887-3206


This is our idea of a pleasure boat. To find out how we got this name and what that has to do with publishing books, please click the red boat.
Headwaters: Poems and Field Notes by Saul Weisberg shares a seasoned naturalist’s perspective on wilderness and imagination from time spent around the mountains and rivers of the Pacific Northwest. The poems are an invitation to walk alongside a perceptive observer on rambles in the mountains, runs down the river and ruminations in desert canyons, investigating the ties that bind people and place.
Available Now   $17

ISBN 978-0-912887-15-9

Last year Pleasure Boat Studio published a very well-received collection of poems called Lawyer Poets and That World We Call Law.
of those poets, James Clarke, a retired  Canadian judge, stood out to me among so many fine writers. He had a manuscript for me to look at, and I found it extremely moving and strong. It's a collection which addresses what it is to judge others, not only from behind the bench but also in our daily lives.  ISBN 978-0-912887-17-3.

The book is now available for $17.

If you love poetry, I am confident you will love this accomplished, moving collection.

Robert  Sund is a major figure in Pacific Northwest poetry. We
have had the privilege of releasing two of his books, Notes from Disappearing Lake and Taos Mountain (both available). We are now honored to be putting out his major work, Poems from Ish River Country: Collected Poems and Translations, previously published by Shoemaker & Hoard.

$16  Available Now

ISBN 978-0-912887-35-7

SisterMaple Syrup Eyes
by Ian Brennan
Available Aug. 1st
Pre-order with the coupon word “IAN” for a 20% discount - $17  ISBN978-0-912887-33-3

Sister Maple Syrup Eyes is one of the first books published from the under-reported perspective on rape: that of the oft-forgotten "other victim," the individual's partner. With terse lyricism, this novella radiates the anguish of attempting to repair a love and life shattered by violence. 
A Woman Writing: A Memoir in Essays  -
What writing about writing taught me about determination, persistence, and the ups and downs of choosing a writing life
Use the coupon word “SANELLI” for a 20% discount - $18  

ISBN 978-0-912887-29-6
In these wonderfully wise writings, Mary Lou Sanelli once again relies on her literary voice and candid  of humor to explore the realities true to anyone who has thought of making writing a part of her or his life. Mary_Lou_Sanelli.htmlMary_Lou_Sanelli.html

Glenolden Park is a beautifully crafted memoir of the early Forties in narrative verse by Richard Lloyd. This work is published by Empty Bowl Press, a Division of Pleasure Boat Studio, and we are proud to offer it here. It is now available.