By Steve Hersh
Title: Books Are Nice collection, 2013-2014
Creator: Books Are Nice
Extent: 2.5 Linear Feet. More info below.
This collection documents Book Are Nice, and the organization's involvement in the literary culture of Miami. The collection currently includes materials from two editions of Pages & Spreads, a series of pop-up reading room events that Books Are Nice has helped organize.
Books Are Nice is a publishing and graphic design house based in Miami, Florida. Founded in 2011 by Augusto Mendoza, the organization has published a number of books and zines, and has taken part in numerous literary events in South Florida.
Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.
Acquisition Method: Gift of Augusto Mendoza, 2014.
Preferred Citation: Books Are Nice collection, Special Collections, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida
Pages & Spreads is a series of events designed to promote printed matter in Miami. The second edition of the event took place on October 19, 2013 at Lester's, a former coffee shop/bar/literary hang-out space in Miami's Wynwood neighborhood. The event was described as such:
"In traditional publishing, an artist creates a work then passes it on to the publisher. The publisher edits it then gives it to a designer who, in turn, structures it visually, and finally sends it off to the printer, who makes it an object. For the second edition of Pages & Spreads, in collaboration with Jai-Alai magazine and Coloform, we will go through this entire process on site. In just 4 hours we will create, edit, design and print a unique zine to be distributed freely...But there's a catch: this zine will be written by you.
Ever play the 'Telephone' game, where you send a message around a circle of people and see how it turns out? For this pop-up reading room we'll be playing the literary version. Everyone will have the chance to translate, recast or respond to an original poem from Jai-Alai magazine, until enough 'translations' are made for the zine." -- Description from Pages & Spreads.