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.


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.”


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.
Dick Bakken’s collection, The Whiskey Epiphanies
, is now available. This is a rare chance to read the work of one of the country’s outstanding poet/performers. As Barbara Drake, poet-in-residence at Lewis & Clark College, put it: “Imagine a medieval mummer reincarnated as the male lead in a 1940’s Hollywood musical done in the vocal rhythms of 1950’s beat poetry and you may have an inkling of the character of Dick Bakken’s poetry performances. His work
combines an innocent optimism with the frank style of street theater, a combination which seems not at all unlikely once you have seen his polished presentation.” ISBN 978-0-912887-07-4

this religious thriller, Richard Gid Powers weaves Church intrigue, mystical theology, ancient history, and legend into a high-stakes struggle for the soul of the Catholic Church. Powers, a historian and conspiracy analyst, holds nothing
back in this challenging and thoughtful look at one of the major rifts in the history of Catholicism. $19.95

ISBN 978-0-912887-01-2   ebook available for $8.99


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

“We predict The Never-Open Desert Diner will be one of the best books you read in 2015.” Prose ‘n Cons Magazine

"The title of James Anderson's The Never-Open Desert Diner was the initial reason I picked up what proved to be an extraordinary debut." Milwaukee Sun-Sentinel

“It’s beautifully written with a delicate sense of humor and a set of a quirky and often oddly endearing characters….[Anderson’s] descriptions of light, wind, rain, dirt, and heat provide such vivid emotional moments that the image on his website is almost unnecessary….Much of the book could be accurately described as a page turner. That said, the story also has a beautiful quietness." Pop Matters

"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

"Like a flash flood cascading down an arroyo, once the action begins it’s nonstop. VERDICT Anderson ... writes with a lyrical style and allows the plot to unfold in a manner as seductive as the desert itself. Readers who revel in fiction set in the Southwest will want to join his protagonist for the ride." Patricia Ann Owens, Library Jounal

"With the release of THE NEVER-OPEN DESERT DINER by James Anderson, the literary world has received a striking gift in the vein of James Lee Burke. ... For a work that combines noir with desert-diner archetypes and crime, The Never-Open Desert Diner is far from a predictable novel. Anderson is a blissfully self-aware author, and his characters steadfastly follow suit. That alone is enough to make it a worthwhile read, and yet he elevates the plot with vivid imagery and a deep appreciation for the people and beauty of the desert." Rebecca Munro, BookReporter

"Anderson distills the heat and shimmering haze of the Utah desert into his fine first novel." Publishers Weekly