A rose is a rose is a rose. Yawn. We’d rather give and get books for Valentine’s Day. Nothing picked out and it’s (really) down to the wire? Leah Koch, co-owner of America’s sole romance-only bookstore, The Ripped Bodice in Culver City, has had ample time to consider the possibilities. “It’s kind...
The Ripped Bodice (the only bookstore in the United States dedicated solely to romance books) released a report looking at the state of diversity in 2016 romance novels. Last year there were only 7.8 published romance novels by writers of color for every 100 books from 20 major romance publishing companies. Show More Summary
The owners of the Ripped Bodice bookstore gathered data about writers’ races, and the results confirmed what many authors and consumers already knew.
Grab a drink and have a seat, because here come some compelling and powerful words and numbers. Bea and Leah Koch of The Ripped Bodice have compiled an inaugural report on the State of Racial Diversity in Romance Publishing. From their...Show More Summary
In an interview recorded at RWA, Bea and Leah Koch from The Ripped Bodice bookstore in LA look back on their work together after a little over a year, and as Booksellers of the Year award recipients. We talk about creative projects, as there are art installations in the bookstore that are truly stunning, and how they decide which projects to tackle. Show More Summary
It’s Links time! Here we show some cool stuff that’s been going around the internet and social media. We think it’s a nice Hump Day distraction when you need a bit of a work break. … The Ripped Bodice has started a Patreon for any romance readers who want to support the store, but can’t quite make it out to Culver City just yet. Show More Summary
In this HaBO, we’re trying to track down the first romance Reader Esti ever picked up: I was talking to Bea at the Ripped Bodice about the first romance novel I ever read, and she suggested I contact you because I cannot for the life of me remember the name of the book (to be fair, I was only ten. Show More Summary
If you haven’t heard, The Ripped Bodice is putting on an awesome reading challenge this summer. And there are prizes! You can click the link to their site for an explanation of the rules, plus a printable copy of their bingo board. Or!...Show More Summary
“We wanted a lot of light in the space,” says Bea Koch from one of the baroque, Victorian couches that form a makeshift living room in the center of the Ripped Bodice, America’s sole romance-only bookstore, which she owns with her sister Leah. “Romance is hidden a lot, and this store is not hiding...
Happy May! We’re currently at RT17 in Atlanta this week. If you’re attending the conference, we hope we get to see you. The RITAs are also underway and it’s been great interacting with all of you. … Leah of The Ripped Bodice wrote aShow More Summary
After an impromptu greeting from Mr. Fitzwilliam Waffles, Sarah and Elyse chat with Leah and Bea from The Ripped Bodice about the most recent season of The Bachelor. They’re all fans of the series, and have a lot of perspective on it,...Show More Summary
With battling brothel madams, anti-vice crusaders, ripping bodices and intimate transactional relations galore (carnal and otherwise), the March 29 debut of Harlots on Hulu delivers a very different look at the world's oldest profession. Led...Show More Summary
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This Sunday, February 12th, CBS Sunday Morning will be airing a feature hosted by Faith Salie about romance fiction. They recorded interviews with many people, including Eloisa James, Beverly Jenkins, Bea and Leah Koch of The Ripped Bodice bookstore, and me, and I’m both excited and nervous to see it. Show More Summary
Nearly a year after their grand opening (March 4th!), Sarah catches up with Leah and Bea Koch of The Ripped Bodice bookstore in Culver City, CA. We start with All The Pet Talk, including the story of their most excellent official store dog, Fitzwilliam Waffles. Show More Summary
On Saturday, June 11, Culver City’s romance-novel hub the Ripped Bodice hosts a conversation with Moira Weigel, author of the brand new, fun-fact-filled Labor of Love: The Invention of Dating (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $26). Weigel’s wide-ranging survey begins in the 1890s, when the word “dating” (as in “filling the...
Dreamspinner Press is having a sale (40% off!) on authors who published with them during their first three years. You can find the list of authors here! Independent Bookstore Day was this past Saturday and The Ripped Bodice had some site issues during their online sale. Show More Summary
Happy Wednesday! We’re all back from RT16 in Las Vegas and trying to return to our daily routine. (It’s harder than it looks.) Before we begin, a quick housekeeping note from Sarah! She just discovered a horrible filter in place in her...Show More Summary
Back in November, sisters Bea and Leah Koch raised $91,187 on Kickstarter to launch America’s first bookstore dedicated to romance novels. Clearly they are an organized pair, because it’s already been up and running a month. Read more...
It’s been just about a month since the grand opening of the romance-focused bookstore, The Ripped Bodice, in Culver City, California. Sarah, who backed the Kickstarter for the bookstore, interviews Leah and Bea Koch about their first weeks, what they’ve learned, and what they’ve got planned for future events. Show More Summary