Top Pick Judge

2017 Top Pick Judge

OCC RWA is excited to announce that the Top Pick Judge for the 2017 Book Buyer’s Best Contest is:

Bea & Leah Koch

Owners of The Ripped Bodice

bea and leah

Bea and Leah Koch are sisters and the owners of The Ripped Bodice in Culver City, Calif. Originally from Chicago, Bea went on to attend Yale and NYU, where she wrote a graduate thesis titled, “Mending the Ripped Bodice.” Leah moved to Los Angeles to attend USC, graduating cum laude with a degree in visual and performing arts.

Both Bea and Leah began reading romance novels at a young age and always dreamed of opening a romance-only bookstore.

The sisters opened The Ripped Bodice in March of 2016 thanks to a Kickstarter campaign that raised $91,000. It is the only exclusively romance bookstore in the United States.

To learn more about Bea and Leah and The Ripped Bodice, visit

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