The international thriller has been around almost as long as people have traveled. Stories of other lands and other people, laced with mystery, have always been a part of how we understand our cultures and ourselves. Not to mention, they’re total page turners. We’re thrilled (sorry, had to) to announce our Fall/Winter book club selections in partnership with Literary Hub, the go-to platform for book lovers.
These books are now available to borrow from the front desk at 31 participating Kimpton hotels. Alternatively, you can order and read them at home and join in on the book club fun in our Kimpton x Literary Hub Book Club Facebook Group. Without further ado, the Fall/Winter book selections are…
Velvet Was the Night, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Synopsis: Velvet Was the Night is set in Mexico City in the early 1970s, a time of political upheaval, radical politics, student demonstrations, and violent crackdowns. Amidst this turbulence, one woman carries on reading her latest romance and gossip magazines, until her neighbor disappears, launching her into an investigation that will take her through an odyssey of the city’s subcultures and dissident networks.
Why We Picked: Moreno-Garcia’s Velvet Was the Night is the year’s most stylish noir, Moreno-Garcia’s vision of Mexico City is lush and electric, as readers travel to the very edge of a dangerous, politically-charged precipice.
The Mercenary, by Paul Vidich
Synopsis: In The Mercenary, he trains his eye on the late 1980s, days of decline and growing chaos in the Soviet Union. The story focuses on a would-be Soviet defector and the CIA’s attempts to do what was once unthinkable: perform an exfiltration from Moscow.
Why We Picked: Paul Vidich writes deeply human, nuanced spy novels, among the very best of contemporary offerings, but his subjects often delve into some of the lesser-known gray areas of the Cold War.
Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line, by Deepa Anappara
Synopsis: A young boy in a crowded Indian city full of secrets and divisions hangs around his neighborhood watching too many investigative shows on TV and contemplating the massive scale of the unknown metropolis. When one of his classmates goes missing, he enters into a journey across the city in search of answers, encountering an onrush of new sensations, stories, and hidden agendas.
Why We Picked: Anappara’s Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line is an ambitious, spellbinding mystery with a profound sense of the human condition.
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