Our first book documenting contemporary Miami is here

Added on by Scott Cunningham.

Jai-Alai Books is proud to announce the publication of Book One of The Miami Trilogy.

Making Good Time: True Stories of How We Do, and Don’t, Get Around in South Florida, edited and with an introduction by Lynne Barrett, explores the concept of transit from the perspective of the personal, featuring 31 true stories by 32 award-winning South Florida writers:

Diana Abu-Jaber, Chantel Acevedo, Preston L. Allen, Jan Becker, Madeleine Blais, Richard Blanco, Terence Cantarella, Antolin Garcia Carbonell, Joe Clifford, Jennine Capó Crucet, Anjanette Delgado, Denise Duhamel & Julie Marie Wade, Patricia Engel, M.J. Fièvre, Steven Harris, Fabienne Josaphat, Larry Lebowitz, Louis K. Lowy, Sammy Mack, Jennifer Maritza McCauley, Blanca Mesa, Nick Moran, Marina Pruna Moré, Lauren Doyle Owens, Alex Segura, Les Standiford, Thomas Swick, Monica Uszerowicz, Nick Vagnoni, Ana Veciana-Suarez, and Norma Watkins. 

Lynne Barrett is the award-winning author of Magpies. She teaches at Florida International University and edits The Florida Book Review.

The book features design & art direction by Topos Graphics and original cover art by Anuj Shrestha

Praise for Making Good Time

“If you’ve ever tried to get from one place to another in South Florida, you will love this book.”

            T.D. Allman, author of Miami: City of the Future

“Hold on to your roof mattresses: Making Good Time is a loving, alarming, definitive collection of only-in-Miami road tales. Some of South Florida’s most treasured writers tackle one of its true miseries—and now I’m nostalgic for I-95 traffic.”

            Kenny Malone, Co-host of NPR’s Planet Money

Making Good Time” takes us inside a car broken down on the side of an off-ramp, a divorce occurring in real time on a county bus, and a house being robbed by boat. A collection of wonderful true stories, the book imaginatively illustrates how our cities, infrastructures, and the way we get around shape our destinies and our lives.”

Richard Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative Class

About The Miami Trilogy

“The Miami Trilogy” is an initiative by Jai-Alai Books to document the present moment in Miami. Each book in the trilogy is an anthology of South Florida voices curated by a Miami-based editor and organized around a topic crucial to the survival of our community. The trilogy is made possible through a challenge grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Additional support for Making Good Time has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Miami-Dade County and the Board of County Commissioners, and The State of Florida: Culture Builds Florida.