Kimpton Launches Virtual Book Club

The initiative gives travelers confined to their homes another way to stay inspired and fuel their wanderlust.

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As we await the reopening of international borders, there’s perhaps no better time to indulge in some much-needed escapism by discovering new places, cultures, and people through the pages of a book. Cue the newly launched Kimpton Book Club, which encourages would-be travelers to vicariously explore the destinations where some of the brand’s hotels are found through stories inspired by or set in those locales. Reading lists curated by resident bookworms at Kimpton hotels worldwide turn the spotlight on Amsterdam, Bangkok, Barcelona, Edinburgh, London, Paris, and Tokyo. Also included in the lineup are three books from Bali, where Kimpton’s first Indonesian outpost is slated to open later this year.

Readers can take a virtual trip to Japan by going through six titles put forward by Kimpton Shinjuku Tokyo. One of these is I am a Cat, the famous 1905 novel by Natsume Soseki that satirized Japanese society during the Meiji period (and its obsession with all things from the West). Another pick? Haruki Murakami’s fantastical twin-plot creation Kafka on the Shore. Fans of the celebrated avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama will undoubtedly gravitate toward Every Day I Pray for Love, a deeply personal book that brings readers into Kusama’s private world through her poetic recollections.

Meanwhile, those dreaming of a future trip to sunny Catalonia should check out the list of recommended reads from Kimpton Vividora Barcelona. This selection includes popular historical novel Cathedral of the Sea by Ildefonso Falcones, a compelling rags-to-riches story set in the 14th century. Design enthusiasts will want to pick up Oscar Dalmau’s coffee table book Barcelona Retro, a detailed guide to modern architecture and the applied arts in the city between 1954 and 1980. Then there’s La Plaça del Diamant (translated as The Time of the Doves), lyrical coming-of-age story of a young woman during and after the Spanish Civil War by the late and great Mercè Rodoreda, who is regarded as the most influential contemporary writer in the Catalan language.

There’s no need to worry if your local bookstore does not stock some of these literary works: the various fiction and non-fiction titles on Kimpton’s curated reading list can also be downloaded as e-books in multiple languages.

More information here.

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