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Quick, to your comfiest chair! We’re thrilled to announce that, in partnership with our friends at world-renowned literary platform Literary Hub, we’ve launched a book club! Each season, we’ll share themed book recommendations, selected in partnership with Lit Hub’s discerning editorial team, that can also be borrowed by guests staying at many of our properties.
The books selected each season will reflect how literature responds to cultural moments and the realities of our shifting world. Our book club picks will also help to amplify the many diverse voices people want to hear more from.
Through our partnership, we’ll also offer one-of-a-kind experiences like virtual Q&As, a Kimpton x Literary Hub Facebook Group for conversation, readings, itineraries for book lovers visiting our many destinations, and the best independent bookstores to support while you’re in town.
You can follow along with us on Instagram and here on our blog to be the first to uncover our book club recommendations each season, starting today.
So, are you ready for our Spring 2021 book club selections? Read on, reader!
The Kimpton x Lit Hub spring reading list is themed “Women Write Now.” Timed to International Women’s Month, each of these three titles is written by a female author exploring contemporary issues and what it’s like to be human in this day and age. These bold writers do not shy away from timeliness – they confront topics like race and freedom, family obligations and crises, expectations of women, and the highs and lows of internet culture.
How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue
Synopsis: Set in the fictional African village of Kosawa, this is the story of a people living in fear amid environmental degradation wrought by an oil company and a brazen local dictator. Left with few choices, the people of Kosawa decide to fight back.
Why We Picked This: This novel is simultaneously a story of darkness – exploring topics like greed, colonialism and destruction – and a tale of hope, in the form of revolution. It reminds us of the power we have, as both individuals and communities, to create a brighter, more equitable future.
No One is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood
Synopsis: A novel in two parts, this book explores the life of a woman who has become “social media famous,” exploring today’s inseparable connections between online life and “real” life. It digs into the very human experiences of pain and love in the narrator’s family, making the online world seem dehumanized and absurd.
Why We Picked This: Patricia Lockwood has an unmatched wit, infusing hilarious cultural commentary into a narrative that grapples with real trauma. This moving book dives into what it feels like to be alive right now.
Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener
Synopsis: A brave coming-of-age memoir and glimpse behind the curtain of tech and startup culture, it depicts the author’s career in San Francisco and raises questions about company and Millennial culture.
Why We Picked This: As technology and humanity continue to converge, we’re all forced to think about the way tech is shaping our culture. We loved the personal account of a woman forging her way through a male-dominated industry and learning about herself against the backdrop of a competitive, at times sexist, environment.
We know that, now, more than ever, people are looking to connect with others, hear diverse perspectives, and become part of a larger community. Travel has historically been one way to meet those very human needs, but since in-person contact with others is limited these days, we decided to come up with a creative way to bring people together: around books.
We hope that our Kimpton x Literary Hub book club will give travelers a way to bring a bit more humanity to their life – whether they’re staying with us or in the comfort of their own homes.
Here are the 30 Kimpton hotels where our seasonal book club selections will be available for borrowing – just ask the front desk!
Kimpton Hotel Palomar in San Diego, CA
Kimpton Hotel Palomar in Los Angeles, CA
Kimpton Hotel Wilshire in Los Angeles, CA
Kimpton Eventi Hotel in New York, New York
Kimpton Everly Hotel in Hollywood, CA
Kimpton La Peer Hotel in West Hollywood, CA
Kimpton Canary Hotel in Santa Barbara, CA
Kimpton Rowan Hotel in Palm Springs, CA
Kimpton Shorebreak Huntington Beach Resort in CA
Kimpton Hotel Vintage in Seattle, WA
Kimpton Hotel Monaco in Seattle, WA
Kimpton Hotel Palomar in Phoenix, AZ
Kimpton Hotel Monaco in Salt Lake City, UT
Kimpton Hotel Monaco Denver, CO
Kimpton Armory Hotel in Bozeman, MT
Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt in Austin, TX
Kimpton Pittman Hotel in Dallas, TX
Kimpton Harper Hotel in Ft. Worth, TX (opening May 2021)
Kimpton Cottonwood Hotel in Omaha, NE
Kimpton Hotel Fontenot in New Orleans, LA
Kimpton Hotel Monaco in Chicago, IL
Kimpton Gray Hotel in Chicago, IL
Kimpton Schofield Hotel in Cleveland, OH
Kimpton Sylvan Hotel in Atlanta, GA
Kimpton Hotel Palomar in Philadelphia, PA
Kimpton Hotel Arras in Asheville, NC
Kimpton Muse Hotel in New York, NY
Kimpton Key West Hotel, Key West, FL
Kimpton Banneker Hotel in Washington, DC (opening April 2021)
Kimpton George Hotel in Washington, DC
Don’t forget to join our Kimpton x Literary Hub Facebook group to join the conversation on our favorite books, including our seasonal book club picks!