This month, Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco, one of the city’s leading luxury hotels, is launching a new book club program, “MO Reads.” The program offers complimentary books to guests of the hotel and the opportunity to join its virtual book club on Goodreads. What’s more, the hotel’s year-long “MO Reads” program will also be complemented by a social media contest and author events to benefit Room to Read, a non-profit charity dedicated to improving the literacy of children in developing countries.
Five books will be featured in 2011. Guests of the hotel in March and April will receive a complimentary hard copy of the recently published Gideon’s War: A Novel (Touchstone Hardcover/ Simon & Schuster), the first novel from veteran Hollywood writer and Emmy winner Howard Gordon, the executive producer of the hit television series 24. “MO Reads” continues through 2011 with the following selections:
May – June: Parents Behaving Badly by Scott Gummer
July – August: Last Night at Chateau Marmont by Lauren Weisberger (paperback release)
September – October: Fatal Error by J. A. Jance
November – December: Pink Princess Party Cookbook by Barbara Beery
On Goodreads, members can share their insights about each book. Participants of “MO Reads” can also enter hotel’s monthly social media contest, “Don’t Bother Me, I’m Reading” by submitting a photograph of themselves at the hotel reading the book club selection. Photos will be posted in the Photo Album of the hotel’s Facebook page, and hotel colleagues will select the “best” photo each month. Winners will receive a complimentary one-night stay, with breakfast for two, valued at $450.
Author events at Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco will commence on Saturday, March 26, when the hotel hosts Gideon’s War author Howard Gordon at the premier “MO Reads Tea.” Gordon will read from his novel, answer questions and autograph his book. For all my Frisco readers, the event will begin at 1:00 p.m. and is $38 per person, with $10 from each tea benefiting Room to Read.
I don’t know about you, but I think this is pretty darn cool and beats chocolate on the pillows any day of the week. :)