November 15, 2015

In South Florida, the power of small presses grow in Miami Herald Business Section

Founded in 2014
A pop-up artist’s bookstore
Conceived by artist Amanda Season Keeley

Using book carts and lounge furniture, Amanda Season Keeley creates a bookstore on the move. The curated installation features a diverse selection of artist’s books and publications, emphasizing both local artists and presses.

EXILE Books also created a new publishing imprint called EXILE Editions, which according to its website “seeks to publish exclusive special editions and artist’s books from local, national and international artists we collaborate with.”

Earlier this year, EXILE Books published LISTEN TO THIS BUILDING, an exquisite book that commemorated a Miami Center for Architecture & Design exhibit by the same name. EXILE Books collaborated with MCAD and the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind to enable the visually impaired the opportunity to experience architecture in a new way. The spiral-bound book incorporated Braille into its design and provided a CD, so that anyone could experience the architecture on a hypersensitive level, using sight, sound and touch. The book has a run of 100 copies, and its publication was funded by the Miami Downtown Development Authority.

“It’s an absolutely stunning book about the architecture of our city,” says Victoria Rogers, the Knight Foundation vice president for the Arts, adding that her organization helps fund EXILE Books. The book features 10 of Miami’s historical and architecturally significant buildings, including the Old U.S. Post Office & Courthouse, the Seybold Building, the Freedom Tower and Gesu Church.

“You can trace your fingers around the actual image of the buildings and read about them,” Rogers says. “It does provide a visual for people who are visually impaired. It’s another example of how truly innovative people are here in Miami, how we tell stories in different ways to reach a broad array of people.”