Welcome to Pleasure Boat Studio: A Literary Press. 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.


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

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

Log into esthercohen.com to see her poem-per-day summer exercise. She’ll send it to you if you want.

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

NEWS: Linda Lappin’s SIGNATURES IN STONE has been named a FINALIST in the Daphne Du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery /Suspense. 

We regret the passing of Tony Palladino, a fine artist who did the striking cover for Everett Aison’s ARTRAGE, which we published seven years ago. Read about Tony here.

Click here to get to Red Pine’s Oxherding Tales. 

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.

I am very sorry to announce the sudden death of Bruce Murdock, the husband of PBS author Alice Derry. Bruce was a great supporter of poetry and a really special human being. We wish Alice and their daughter Lisel well in this time of their loss.

It is with regret that we announce the passing of Dan Griffin, co-author of Blue Moon Boys: The Story of Elvis’ Backup Band. Dan was a fine and generous man who really knew and cared about music and literature. We never knew him well, but we really loved being with him. So passionate about his work, and his friends.

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.

Check out PBS author Irving Warner’s new blog at warnerlifetravel.blogspot.com

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

Take a look at this video trailer starring Lou Phillips. It’s for a new short film: https://vimeo.com/77625350

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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lX2jQ7RFs3Y 

Also check out the new video of a reading by Ish River Poets. The video was done by pubiisher Jim Bodeen (Blue Begonia Press): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACCYYED18cs

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. http://www.youtube.com/embed/DYDxtIhGhfQ?rel=0 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 new 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.
Sugar Mountain is a cautionary tale about
an all-too-possible catastrophe: A deadly flu epidemic which starts in China and spreads throughout the world, slowly at first, then unbelievably fast. And there is no cure. People who prepare for such possibilities are variously referred to as "homesteaders,” “preppers,” or “survivalists.” This is a story of one such extended family, the Arkwrights, and how, at their farm in western Massachusetts, they gather and stand together in the face of a relentless
mass killer. As well as the ravaging influenza, they must contend with provisioning themselves and fending off a local well-armed and ruthless para-military group all the while hanging on to enough humanity to make their survival meaningful. Sugar Mountain explores how such a calamity affects individual family members, their neighbors—many of whom are not prepared—and society as a whole.  This is a story of a fight to survive in the midst of pressures and threats and against long odds. As one member of the family records in her journal, “The world is coming to an end… The world is starting all over again.”

Return to a Place Like Seeing, by John Palmer

remarkable debut collection should put poet John Palmer among the most intelligent and deeply moving poets of the time. He writes of nature and of place in a powerful voice rarely experienced. Don't open this book looking for easy, facile poems. But do open it, and read and reread it, if you are ready for a powerful—and haunting—experience.

John Palmer has degrees from Duke University, The University of Chicago, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as an MFA from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He has had

published in The Antioch Review, Cimarron Review, Denver Quarterly, High Plains Literary Review, Indiana Review, Seneca Review, Willow Springs, and elsewhere. He lives and works in western Massachusetts.

The Man Who Beat Life: Short Stories by William Herman


For some time, Billy had been “composing little fictions,” but when he asks his friend and fellow psychiatrist to read his manuscript, the Reader gains startling and unexpected insights into Billy, into himself, and into the transformative powers of the creative mind.

With a musician’s ear for dialog and a painter’s eye for detail, William Herman creates characters to reveal universal truths about human relationships.

A Kindle E-book only. To get to the Amazon Kindle page, click here.            



Wonderful Flying Machines: A History of U.S. Coast Guard Helicopters, by Tom Beard. A Kindle Edition. 

As Vice Admiral Howard Thorsen wrote, "This book is an important addition to aviation lore because it chronicles the bureaucratic hurdles and internecine feud between fixed-wing-only hard-liners and a very few who had a visionary’s zeal. But it is much more than that; it also takes the reader on an actual rescue mission and describes the experience from both inside the helo and from the cold, dark waters of the North Atlantic. This mental journey, I submit, will leave no reader unmoved. Any competent writer can tell a story. Tom Beard is an excellent one, to be sure, but he is much more than that. Tom knows aviation: he wore his wings of gold first in the Navy before transferring to the Coast Guard and serving a decade as a search-and-rescue pilot. Tom knows sailing: he is a designer and builder of boats who has circumnavigated the globe with his wife in their thirty-seven-foot cutter Moonshadow. Tom knows history: he has a passion for capturing the facts of eventful episodes and melding them within coherent and, above all, interesting and educational prose.”

Wonderful Flying Machines sells on Amazon's Kindle for $7.99. It is available* for readers to purchase here.

For My Father - poems by Amira Thoron

Now available - $16.00

Did I pluck my images from your skin? Is it your moon

I write about, your voice that pours through my tongue

that seeps into my skin like soil following the seam in a stone?

Part memoir, part ghost story, “For My Father” by Amira Thoron, examines the territory of grief and memory, its mysteries and silences. Through poems that are at times lyrical and at times spare, she explores what it means to be haunted by what you cannot remember or never knew.