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05.10.2021
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03.01.2021








A MAY DAY PHOTOBOOK: A MESSAGE FROM HOME

We are so excited to share with y’all our first of many book highlights that will be featured in our monthly PBB newsletters.

Jeff Clark, a brilliant book designer currently based in Michigan who primarily focuses his talents on radical texts at the margins of the publishing world, releases yearly a free May Day book in celebration of International Workers Day and in solidarity with workers’ and global liberation movements. Last year’s book was a collection of essays and prose on abolition called Cherish x Abolish, featuring writings from Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Toni Morrison, Zoe Samudzi and more.

This year’s book, A Message from Home, is a photobook showcasing the works of Miami photographer and our dear friend Terence C. Price II.

In a lot of ways, Terence is an archivist; with thoughtfulness and clarity, he insists on the longevity of fleeting moments that continue to speak endlessly to his life, family, and experiences. We sometimes question what can be truly meant by the word community, but Terence’s work, the connectivity, the mass, the collective pulsing out of the everyday moments in his photos seem to bring definition to a community usually felt in the abstraction. A Message from Home is a 160-page hardback book featuring many of Terence’s photos of everyday Black life in Miami, as well as an introduction by Zoe Samudzi titled “Against the Black Sentimental.”

In addition to having physical copies of A Message from Home available at paradis, we asked Jeff and Terence a little bit about the process of putting the book together and below you’ll find their thoughtful responses and musings.

How did the May Day series first get started?

Jeff Clark: On May 1, 2012 I published radical historian Peter Linebaugh’s Ypsilanti Vampire May Day, which is a text that attempts to correct the received history of this little town near Detroit. It was meant to be a one-off act of local pamphleteering for May Day, and we left bundles of books all over southeast Michigan. It was also meant to be a gift-economy act, a f*ck-you to for-profit, “serious" publishing. I edited and designed the book myself, and put the printing on my credit card. The experience was so fun—and strange—that I did another free May Day book the following year . . .

What inspired you to collaborate with each other for this year's May Day book?

JC: Last year someone showed me a photograph on Instagram of a hand holding the 2020 May Day book, Cherish x Abolish, in front of the sea. I remember kind of choking up, maybe because the ocean near LA was one of my only reliable solaces as a kid, but also because the photograph was so beautiful, and technically skilled? And it was a reminder that our primary dream in creating—to communicate, to connect, to share—is often realized with strangers we’ll never find out about, let alone get to meet. But Terence and I were able to connect, and eventually my heart started to whisper to me that the 2021 May Day book could maybe be a book of his photographs.

Terence Price II: I received a book put together by Jeff for May Day 2020 titled "Cherish x Abolish". The book came to me during the early stages of the pandemic, and I was really looking for something to dive into. The book was neatly designed with an image of Toni Morrison getting down on the cover. I kept wondering how other folks felt when they received their May Day book, and if they smiled as hard as I did after realizing who was on the cover. Jeff reached out to me at the end of last year with the opportunity of working together for the 10th May Day release and I was screaming for 2 days before replying with my decision. I couldn't think of a better way to give back to something that I cherish so much -- my community.

What is your favorite moment to photograph when shooting around Miami? What about when shooting your family?

TP: I love taking long walks with my camera and just being ready for whatever moves me in that moment. When I first started taking photos, I would go out with a plan to capture specific things, but as I got older in my craft I realized the world doesn't really work like that. So I try to be as free as possible with my photo choices. When it comes to shooting my family, I try to capture the moments that will show the next generation that we cared for each other.

How is this book different from the previous years' book?

JC: Cherish x Abolish dealt with rebellion, abolition, revolution by assembling a bunch of written texts together. A Message from Home, on the other hand, is an art book, so its approach to depicting/describing the revolution of everyday Black life is visual, pictorial.

What is the question you wish you were asked more often as a photographer?

TP: Great Question! I wish people would ask a cheesy question like "If you could spend a day with a photographer, who would it be?" I would say Gordon Parks. We don't even have to take a single image, just have a whole day of talking.

What was your favorite part of putting this year's May Day book together?

JC: Getting to work with Terence and Zoé, both of whom I’ve grown to love via spending time with their work, has been a dream. Organizing a project with people you deeply admire and respect is heaven on earth. But to describe a specific area of the project that’s captivated me: at some point I realized I’d developed an imaginary relationship with NW 170th Street. I’ve even kind of hung out there in my daydreams, I've seen Terence with his camera, his comrades and loved ones. And even though I’ve never been to Miami, I can be there now, thanks to these photographs. So maybe that’s what’s going on—getting to be with loved ones I can’t be with, and getting to visit places I’ve never been to.

TP: My favorite part about putting this book together was working with Jeff. Everything was well thought out and it was a pleasure to see it all being put together piece by piece. I can get wrapped up in my head sometimes and Jeff really made it easy to get from point A to B. Knowing that someone you never met before cared so much for your process as much as their own, left me feeling very loved.


We don't seek to craft an ode to spectacular greatness or inaccessible performances of 'excellence', or a demand to be made known and *properly* understood. We seek to register, rather, the kinds of beautifully quiet, mundane images that emit the 'sonic frequencies of the quotidian practices of black communities'; images that stimulate curiosity, familiarity, a tinge of sadness, a heartstring tug, a chuckle, a throb of rage" - excerpted from the Introduction by Zoe Samudzi

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Hello & happy Spring! We're getting pretty antsy to invite you into our space, but in the meantime, we’re incredibly excited about these announcements! PARADIS WINE CLUB SIGN UPS ARE OPEN! Slots are limited for our inaugural wine club. First wine pick up date will be announced soon, so sign up and secure your spot! INTRODUCING OUR VIRTUAL LENDING LIBRARY! While we get the physical space ready for y'all, we're excited to offer an online library selection of books you can borrow for free.

"Soft Club" is a great option for folks who want more of an introduction to natural wine - who want some wines that are delicious, straight-forward, affordable, and fun. "Serious Club" is perfect for folks who are ready to nerd out with us about wine, and are willing to tuck some away in their wine fridge. If you’re looking for special occasion wines, or just for really interesting wines you’ve maybe never had the chance to try before, this club is definitely for you.

The first 10 people to sign up for our first wine club will receive a FREE paradis books & bread tote bag! If you are not one of the first 10 to sign up, worry not! Everyone who signs up for wine club gets a complimentary PBB wine glass you'll get to show off to all your friends. All members are invited to a monthly wine tasting at our shop featuring wine club selections, sharing information on everything and anything you’d want to know about them. First wine club pick up will be in May or early June, so make sure to sign up and secure your spot for the first drop! We want the wine club to be an educational experience, giving anyone who wants to learn the access and ability to expand their wine knowledge. We hope you’ll join a wine club, so we can explore some truly amazing wines together in the future!

Our online library features some of our absolute favorite books, and those we find to be particularly important to our political education. We’re offering these selections to borrow completely free of charge. All you have to do is fill out this form with your name, email address, and the books you’d like to borrow (please limit to 2 books at a time, and 3 week due date), and we will follow up with you regarding pick up or delivery. Library is available only to local South Floridians for the time being! The PBB library is going to be a mainstay of our book program, and we’re looking forward to getting it started in this way. In the future, you’ll find our library on a few shelves inside of our space, but for now, you can visit our website to check out the selection! We want to encourage earnest and critical engagement with our books, not necessarily agreement or disagreement, but a pursuit of endlessly ongoing learning. We hope this library is of use to you, and will only grow from here.

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We are a bookstore, bakery, wine bar & shop opening in North Miami, FL opening this summer. We’ve always envisioned PBB as an intimate, communal space for folks to enjoy plenty of books, food, and wine, and vaccine rollout permitting,   we will be able to realize that dream real soon. 

The daytime and nighttime menus at PBB will be centered around our naturally leavened sourdough bread, which we’ve been making for the better part of a decade now. Think sandwiches, bar snacks, and pizza. Our wines will be selected with care, intention, and accessibility of price in mind.

We have a lot of love and respect for well-made wines and the wine-makers who produce them, and we hope to engage with them in a way that’s as approachable as possible, breaking away from the elitism and exclusivity of the wine world. We love learning about, talking about, and drinking about natural wine, and we want y’all to be able to enjoy it with us.

Miami already has a sort of DIY reading culture held together by book shares, book clubs, and zine fairs, sharing and enjoying books with a commitment to learning together despite the obvious dirth of independent bookstores and institutions attempting to serve them.  We hope our shop can help build a structure of support around these projects, providing books known and loved as well as new and challenging to the eager readers here. 

We’ve put together a curated selection of new and used books from writers of Black Studies, Queer Theory, Indigenous Studies, Political Theory, Latin American Studies, Fiction, Poetry, + + + + .  Readers will also have access to a small but extensive library program, making a selection of books available to borrow for free.

We’re excited to have y’all in our space sometime soon, and as eventual subjects in the space together, we want to make explicitly clear the sorts of mutual care we will be attempting within it. PBB will be deeply committed to an ongoing practice of harm reduction, and will do our part to welcome and care for marginalized folks within our community and beyond. Racism, homophobia, sexism, transphobia, ableism, xenophobia and other forms of harm and/or oppression will not be tolerated within our space, and we will intervene with care if and when these forms of harm occur.

This also extends specifically to the normalized way in which service industry workers at all levels are expected to endure harmful treatment, maintained by the culture and structure of the food industry and its clientele. We encourage you to give service industry workers anywhere the same level of respect we will be asking from our customers.

paradis books & bread is an experiment, an attempt at something,
an everyday practice, and we’re curious and excited to see how it goes.

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05.10.2021









A MAY DAY PHOTOBOOK: A MESSAGE FROM HOME

We are so excited to share with y’all our first of many book highlights that will be featured in our monthly PBB newsletters.

Jeff Clark, a brilliant book designer currently based in Michigan who primarily focuses his talents on radical texts at the margins of the publishing world, releases yearly a free May Day book in celebration of International Workers Day and in solidarity with workers’ and global liberation movements. Last year’s book was a collection of essays and prose on abolition called Cherish x Abolish, featuring writings from Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Toni Morrison, Zoe Samudzi and more.

This year’s book, A Message from Home, is a photobook showcasing the works of Miami photographer and our dear friend Terence C. Price II.

In a lot of ways, Terence is an archivist; with thoughtfulness and clarity, he insists on the longevity of fleeting moments that continue to speak endlessly to his life, family, and experiences. We sometimes question what can be truly meant by the word community, but Terence’s work, the connectivity, the mass, the collective pulsing out of the everyday moments in his photos seem to bring definition to a community usually felt in the abstraction. A Message from Home is a 160-page hardback book featuring many of Terence’s photos of everyday Black life in Miami, as well as an introduction by Zoe Samudzi titled “Against the Black Sentimental.”

In addition to having physical copies of A Message from Home available at paradis, we asked Jeff and Terence a little bit about the process of putting the book together and below you’ll find their thoughtful responses and musings.

How did the May Day series first get started?

Jeff Clark: On May 1, 2012 I published radical historian Peter Linebaugh’s Ypsilanti Vampire May Day, which is a text that attempts to correct the received history of this little town near Detroit. It was meant to be a one-off act of local pamphleteering for May Day, and we left bundles of books all over southeast Michigan. It was also meant to be a gift-economy act, a f*ck-you to for-profit, “serious" publishing. I edited and designed the book myself, and put the printing on my credit card. The experience was so fun—and strange—that I did another free May Day book the following year . . .

What inspired you to collaborate with each other for this year's May Day book?

JC: Last year someone showed me a photograph on Instagram of a hand holding the 2020 May Day book, Cherish x Abolish, in front of the sea. I remember kind of choking up, maybe because the ocean near LA was one of my only reliable solaces as a kid, but also because the photograph was so beautiful, and technically skilled? And it was a reminder that our primary dream in creating—to communicate, to connect, to share—is often realized with strangers we’ll never find out about, let alone get to meet. But Terence and I were able to connect, and eventually my heart started to whisper to me that the 2021 May Day book could maybe be a book of his photographs.

Terence Price II: I received a book put together by Jeff for May Day 2020 titled "Cherish x Abolish". The book came to me during the early stages of the pandemic, and I was really looking for something to dive into. The book was neatly designed with an image of Toni Morrison getting down on the cover. I kept wondering how other folks felt when they received their May Day book, and if they smiled as hard as I did after realizing who was on the cover. Jeff reached out to me at the end of last year with the opportunity of working together for the 10th May Day release and I was screaming for 2 days before replying with my decision. I couldn't think of a better way to give back to something that I cherish so much -- my community.

What is your favorite moment to photograph when shooting around Miami? What about when shooting your family?

TP: I love taking long walks with my camera and just being ready for whatever moves me in that moment. When I first started taking photos, I would go out with a plan to capture specific things, but as I got older in my craft I realized the world doesn't really work like that. So I try to be as free as possible with my photo choices. When it comes to shooting my family, I try to capture the moments that will show the next generation that we cared for each other.

How is this book different from the previous years' book?

JC: Cherish x Abolish dealt with rebellion, abolition, revolution by assembling a bunch of written texts together. A Message from Home, on the other hand, is an art book, so its approach to depicting/describing the revolution of everyday Black life is visual, pictorial.

What is the question you wish you were asked more often as a photographer?

TP: Great Question! I wish people would ask a cheesy question like "If you could spend a day with a photographer, who would it be?" I would say Gordon Parks. We don't even have to take a single image, just have a whole day of talking.

What was your favorite part of putting this year's May Day book together?

JC: Getting to work with Terence and Zoé, both of whom I’ve grown to love via spending time with their work, has been a dream. Organizing a project with people you deeply admire and respect is heaven on earth. But to describe a specific area of the project that’s captivated me: at some point I realized I’d developed an imaginary relationship with NW 170th Street. I’ve even kind of hung out there in my daydreams, I've seen Terence with his camera, his comrades and loved ones. And even though I’ve never been to Miami, I can be there now, thanks to these photographs. So maybe that’s what’s going on—getting to be with loved ones I can’t be with, and getting to visit places I’ve never been to.

TP: My favorite part about putting this book together was working with Jeff. Everything was well thought out and it was a pleasure to see it all being put together piece by piece. I can get wrapped up in my head sometimes and Jeff really made it easy to get from point A to B. Knowing that someone you never met before cared so much for your process as much as their own, left me feeling very loved.


We don't seek to craft an ode to spectacular greatness or inaccessible performances of 'excellence', or a demand to be made known and *properly* understood. We seek to register, rather, the kinds of beautifully quiet, mundane images that emit the 'sonic frequencies of the quotidian practices of black communities'; images that stimulate curiosity, familiarity, a tinge of sadness, a heartstring tug, a chuckle, a throb of rage" - excerpted from the Introduction by Zoe Samudzi

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04.05.2021




Hello & happy Spring! We're getting pretty antsy to invite you into our space, but in the meantime, we’re incredibly excited about these announcements! PARADIS WINE CLUB SIGN UPS ARE OPEN! Slots are limited for our inaugural wine club. First wine pick up date will be announced soon, so sign up and secure your spot! INTRODUCING OUR VIRTUAL LENDING LIBRARY! While we get the physical space ready for y'all, we're excited to offer an online library selection of books you can borrow for free.

"Soft Club" is a great option for folks who want more of an introduction to natural wine - who want some wines that are delicious, straight-forward, affordable, and fun. "Serious Club" is perfect for folks who are ready to nerd out with us about wine, and are willing to tuck some away in their wine fridge. If you’re looking for special occasion wines, or just for really interesting wines you’ve maybe never had the chance to try before, this club is definitely for you.

The first 10 people to sign up for our first wine club will receive a FREE paradis books & bread tote bag! If you are not one of the first 10 to sign up, worry not! Everyone who signs up for wine club gets a complimentary PBB wine glass you'll get to show off to all your friends. All members are invited to a monthly wine tasting at our shop featuring wine club selections, sharing information on everything and anything you’d want to know about them. First wine club pick up will be in May or early June, so make sure to sign up and secure your spot for the first drop! We want the wine club to be an educational experience, giving anyone who wants to learn the access and ability to expand their wine knowledge. We hope you’ll join a wine club, so we can explore some truly amazing wines together in the future!

Our online library features some of our absolute favorite books, and those we find to be particularly important to our political education. We’re offering these selections to borrow completely free of charge. All you have to do is fill out this form with your name, email address, and the books you’d like to borrow (please limit to 2 books at a time, and 3 week due date), and we will follow up with you regarding pick up or delivery. Library is available only to local South Floridians for the time being! The PBB library is going to be a mainstay of our book program, and we’re looking forward to getting it started in this way. In the future, you’ll find our library on a few shelves inside of our space, but for now, you can visit our website to check out the selection! We want to encourage earnest and critical engagement with our books, not necessarily agreement or disagreement, but a pursuit of endlessly ongoing learning. We hope this library is of use to you, and will only grow from here.

---------------------
03.01.2021




We are a bookstore, bakery, wine bar & shop opening in North Miami, FL opening this summer. We’ve always envisioned PBB as an intimate, communal space for folks to enjoy plenty of books, food, and wine, and vaccine rollout permitting,   we will be able to realize that dream real soon. 

The daytime and nighttime menus at PBB will be centered around our naturally leavened sourdough bread, which we’ve been making for the better part of a decade now. Think sandwiches, bar snacks, and pizza. Our wines will be selected with care, intention, and accessibility of price in mind.

We have a lot of love and respect for well-made wines and the wine-makers who produce them, and we hope to engage with them in a way that’s as approachable as possible, breaking away from the elitism and exclusivity of the wine world. We love learning about, talking about, and drinking about natural wine, and we want y’all to be able to enjoy it with us.

Miami already has a sort of DIY reading culture held together by book shares, book clubs, and zine fairs, sharing and enjoying books with a commitment to learning together despite the obvious dirth of independent bookstores and institutions attempting to serve them.  We hope our shop can help build a structure of support around these projects, providing books known and loved as well as new and challenging to the eager readers here. 

We’ve put together a curated selection of new and used books from writers of Black Studies, Queer Theory, Indigenous Studies, Political Theory, Latin American Studies, Fiction, Poetry, + + + + .  Readers will also have access to a small but extensive library program, making a selection of books available to borrow for free.

We’re excited to have y’all in our space sometime soon, and as eventual subjects in the space together, we want to make explicitly clear the sorts of mutual care we will be attempting within it. PBB will be deeply committed to an ongoing practice of harm reduction, and will do our part to welcome and care for marginalized folks within our community and beyond. Racism, homophobia, sexism, transphobia, ableism, xenophobia and other forms of harm and/or oppression will not be tolerated within our space, and we will intervene with care if and when these forms of harm occur.

This also extends specifically to the normalized way in which service industry workers at all levels are expected to endure harmful treatment, maintained by the culture and structure of the food industry and its clientele. We encourage you to give service industry workers anywhere the same level of respect we will be asking from our customers.

paradis books & bread is an experiment, an attempt at something,
an everyday practice, and we’re curious and excited to see how it goes.

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