Hotel lending libraries are not a novel idea, but the project from Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants in conjunction with Literary Hub puts a new spin on the concept. This month they launched the Kimpton X Literary Hub Book Club. Lit Hub’s editorial team will curate seasonal, themed reading lists, and guests staying at selected Kimpton hotels will be able to check out the recommended books through an on-property lending program. Each season will also feature virtual q&as, readings and other events, which anyone will be able to attend.
The inaugural Kimpton X Lit Hub reading list coincides with Women’s History Month and is called “Women Write Now.” The featured titles are How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue, No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood and Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener. On Monday, Lit Hub and Kimpton hosted a virtual discussion with Imbolo Mbue and Patricia Lockwood.
Twenty-nine Kimpton Hotels across the country are participating in the program. In addition to the book club, the companies are also partnering to share city-specific guides with readers and guests, including lists of local bookstores to visit.
I don’t have much experience with the Kimpton brand, although I have stayed at their Washington D.C. Hotel George and give it a big thumbs up for style, location, staff, and general boutique-y ambience.