Standard literature

Standard literature

Booker Prize-winning author Salman Rushdie has teamed up with The Standard to mark the hotel’s partnership with PEN World Voice Festival of International Literature in New York.

Rushdie, the chairman of the festival, which runs from 25th April to 1st May, is curating a special collection of American classic books for the hotel, to be placed permanently in guest rooms for travellers to enjoy. Titles selected include Walt Whitman’s poetry collection Leaves of Grass, and The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner. More recent titles include The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, by Michael Chabon. (Rushdie fans will have to pack their own copies of his books, as he did not include any of his own titles in the collection.)

The books will remain on room nightstands permanently…or until readers who haven’t quite gotten to the end tuck them in to their suitcases. “These books are going to be on the nightstands until they disappear,” said Laszlo Jakab Orsos, the director of the PEN festival.

In addition to the new in-room libraries, the hotel’s Living Room will open a pop-up bookstore curated by independent New York bookstore McNally Jackson. Other highlights at the hotel during the festival include a book exchange, a literary speakeasy curated by writer Edmund White, and a salon-style event hosted by Sunny Bates, offering tales about the supernatural over cocktails.

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