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

“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

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Last year Pleasure Boat Studio published a very well-received collection of poems called Lawyer Poets and That World We Call Law. One 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. It's a sensitive response to Socrates'    challeng
e that 'the unexamined life is not worth living.' Clarke examines his life, analyzes the choices and decisions that he made, wonders about those other roads he might have taken. This is a marvelous collection which will make a reader think and contemplate his or her own choices and decisions.   ISBN 978-0-912887-17-3.

The book is now available for $17 on our website.

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


Tom Hall, & The Captain of All These Men of Death is the latest offering of Russell Hill. Russell is the three-time Edgar nominee (Robbie’s Wife, The Lord God Bird, and Dog Sox) who has given us something different this time: 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. Living awhile in
Arizona and awhile in LA, he comes across, finally, as a curious and sensitive boy who is struggling to make sense of a crazy world. More Huck Finn than Tom Sawyer, Tom Hall discovers a world of danger and mystery while roaming the desert hills and the LA streets. $!7. ISBN 978-0-912887-25-8/

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 (with more comments on the author’s page).

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 available on April 5th for $16. ISBN 978-0-912887-3206