On a sweltering summer night in Miami, is there anything better than listening to a discussion about books, small presses, and the history of Jai-Alai?
Last Thursday, an eclectic mix of mostly young attendees settled atop plush couches in the Standard Spa lobby for a lecture given by P. Scott Cunningham, executive editor ofJai-Alai Books; and Seth Labenz, creative director. As part of Exile Books’ "Summer at the Standard" during June, the goal is to showcase Miami’s publishing projects and independent presses.
"When I first moved back to Miami about two years ago, I attended the O, Miami poetry events, and I was just really impressed with everything that they were doing," says Amanda Keeley, founder of pop-up artists' bookstore Exile Books. "It's really nice to give Miami some new cultural material and give other artists an opportunity to present their own projects.”