Ah, a life-altering summer read. The days are longer, the pace is a little slower, and it’s time to get your hands on a great book that will leave a lasting impression. We’re thrilled to share our Summer book club selections with you! Chosen in partnership with our friends at world-renowned literary platform Literary Hub, these books were all penned by LGBTQ+ authors and explore the complexity and realities of queer identity.
As a reminder, each season, we share themed book recommendations selected in partnership with Lit Hub’s discerning editorial team. These books can also be borrowed by guests staying at 30 of our properties (listed below).
The books selected each season reflect how literature responds to cultural moments and the realities of our shifting world. Our book club picks also help to amplify the many diverse voices people want to hear more from.
So, are you ready to learn more about each Summer book club pick? Read on, reader!
Fairest by Meredith Talusan
Synopsis: Meredith Talusan’s memoir spans her journey from a childhood in the Philippines to her studies in queer theory at Harvard and eventual transition to female.
Why We Picked This: The book is at once a compelling personal story and absorbing meditation on the complexity of cultural and gender identity.
This is Major by Shayla Lawson
Synopsis: This is Major is a celebration of the creativity, ingenuity, and history of Black women.
Why We Picked This: With an emphasis on Lawson’s personal insights about the ways that Black women navigate the contemporary cultural landscape, her observations and analysis about sexuality, freedom, and icons of Black womanhood are essential reading.
A History of My Brief Body by Billy-Ray Belcourt
Synopsis: Growing up in the Driftpile Nation as part of the indigenous community in Canada, Billy-Ray Belcourt comes to understand himself, indigenous identity, gender, and sexuality against the backdrop of colonial violence.
Why We Picked This: His collection of essays moves between his ideas and readings of canonical queer writers, bringing his life into conversation with a larger queer history and legacy.
Below are the 31 Kimpton hotels where our seasonal book club selections will be available for borrowing – just ask the front desk. Oh, and if you want to enjoy one of these books with one of our amazing hotels as your backdrop, we’re offering 20% off for book lovers with our special Kimpton + Literary Hub Rate Code.
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
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 June 2021)
Kimpton George Hotel in Washington, DC