|Book Club in Paradise|
|Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort|
This line from new-wave band Gang of Four was the perfect opener for trendy film Marie Antoinette, which captured the jaded lifestyle of a decadent queen.
Luxury resorts of the 21st century still haven't escaped the question: What more can we offer guests who have everything money can buy and, much like the courtesans of Versailles, have seen it all?
The answer for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts lies in an ironically free service for its guests that lets them experience something before virtually anyone else in the world. With Rosewood's Hot Type program, patrons can get their hands on books from the biggest authors before they hit the shelves, thanks to an exclusive partnership with top publishing houses Random House, Penguin, HarperCollins, Mirimax, Doubleday, Simon & Schuster and Knopf. It is quite possibly the world's most exclusive book club.
The Next ChapterNow Rosewood is taking the Hot Type amenity to an even more personal level by bringing authors to the resorts to interact with guests directly. Boulogne and his staff look for authors that are, well, hot -- like their latest pick, Adam Gopnik. Gopnik is known for his Paris-inspired novels and his wildly popular pieces in The New Yorker, which are included in his latest work, a series of essays titled Through the Children's Gate: A Home in New York, about moving his family back to New York from Paris shortly before Sept. 11. He looks forward to his first resort event Jan. 27-30, where he will be talking to guests about his books and their origins and meanings. "Anything that connects readers to writers is, in our increasingly book-neglecting world, to be valued," says Gopnik. "And of course anything that allows writers a bit of sun and pleasure while they get connected to readers is to be valued, too." "Shadows are all we have to show us the shapes that light can make," reads the last line of the first chapter of Through the Children's Gate, the theme of which is hope. Gopnik describes his style as a hybrid of writer Calvin Trillin and psychologist Jean Piaget: "comic essays about family life that also attempt to offer ideas about how minds get made ... how we try to get our kids off the screens and onto the pages of books and stories, and why we think that matters." Gopnik arrived in New York City with his wife when he was 21, and aside from a six-year sojourn in Paris, most of his life since has taken place there. "The thing that I am proudest of is that I've been involved with the same woman for thirty years," he says and adds, quoting comedian and violinist Henny Youngman, "If my wife ever found out, she'd kill me." Joking aside, Gopnik says his wife, Martha Parker, who will be joining him in Caneel Bay, is the inspiration for everything he does. "Even though she insists, at all moments ... that she does not share, nor will ever take, my last name," he says.
Legacy of LuxuryRosewood's ultra-luxury collection of hotels consists of 15 properties in seven countries and includes such iconic brands as Carlyle and Las Ventanas.
|Author Adam Gopnik|
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