Just in time for Father’s Day, Park Hyatt has added an extra amenity to the rooms of its 34 hotels worldwide: a book about father-son relationships as told by some of the world’s most powerful men. Titled Sons+Fathers (Penguin Random House and Hospice Press), the book is an anthology of works by major artists, leaders, politicians, actors, musicians, and other public figures, each contributing personal reflections on their fathers through illustrations, poems, essays, and photos. Initially inspired by a group of drawings Irish U2 singer Bono made of his father near the end of his life, the Irish Hospice Foundation gathered men including Bill Clinton, Daniel Day-Lewis, Colin Farrell, Paul McCartney, Jeff Koons, Salman Rushdie, Bob Geldof, and Alastair Campbell to lend their thoughts; the resulting compilation is a deeply moving collective work about the power of family.
Proceeds of the book go to both the Foundation’s Nurses for Night Care Programme, which annually provides more than 1,400 nights of free at-home nursing care to people with a non-malignant terminal illness, as well as to Hospice Africa Uganda, which provides support to those dying from cancer and HIV/AIDS in Uganda. In support, Park Hyatt ordered more than 10,000 special-edition copies of the book that include a foreword dedicated to Jay Pritzker, the founder of the Park Hyatt brand, written by his son Tom Pritzker. In addition to setting these books out for guests, Park Hyatt is also highlighting special father-son experiences at their hotels, such as cooking family recipes with hotel chefs or visiting a museum or site that carries special meaning to the family.