Cocktails and literature

The Ampersand Hotel book club

Meeting a favourite author at a book signing can be pretty magical, and now these kinds of promotional events seem to be getting ever more inventive. You may have read my post about high speed book signings on Virgin Trains. Now you can enjoy a night of cocktails while being read to by authors in a hotel library. Sounds good to me!

The event’s hosts at The Ampersand Hotel say: “Spurred by reports of dwindling library numbers and the demise of the printed word, with the number of books borrowed from libraries down by almost 13 million in the last year alone, The Ampersand Hotel will champion the humble book and book club by hosting a series of exclusive author events in the hotel’s library.”

Throughout October and November in South Kensington, you can curl up in a cosy armchair surrounded by shelves of “curated books” (not entirely sure what that means – selected with care?) and sip on bespoke cocktails while enjoying readings from esteemed authors Anne Zouroudi and Rosa Rankin-Gee.

Tickets for the readings, priced at £35, include one cocktail and a selection of delicate sweet and savoury canapés created by Pastry Chef Ji Sun Shin.

The next evening, on Monday 4 November 2013, offers an exclusive preview of Rosa Rankin-Gee’s debut novel Kings Of Sark. Prior to its launch on 7th November 2013, Rosa will treat guests to a reading of her novel about complicated love, only children and missed opportunities. The final chapter of the evening involves a Q&A session and book signing.

The night’s bespoke cocktail will be ‘La Coupé’, an enticing cocktail made with vodka, apple cider, absinthe and lemon juice, taking inspiration from the novel’s enigmatic landscape. Yum!

Literature, cocktails and elegant surroundings? Count me in!

Tickets are available on a first come first serve basis via the Book Club registration page on The Ampersand Hotel’s Facebook page.