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The Algonquin Hotel Announces "Novel" Partnership with Harper Perennial

New York’s famed literary hotel to offer exclusive Perennial ebooks and events

New York, NY, February 8, 2010 – The Algonquin Hotel, the world’s most famous literary hotel, is partnering with Harper Perennial, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, the premier publisher of celebrated authors such as Harper Lee, Barbara Kingsolver, Michael Chabon, Dennis Lehane, Wally Lamb, and Ann Patchett, among others.  This unprecedented partnership allows for guests to take advantage of free eBook downloads and custom events created exclusively for The Algonquin by Harper Perennial. 

“We aim to deliver exceptional, modern services to our guests while staying true to the history and literary tradition of the hotel,” said Gary Budge, General Manager of The Algonquin. “Our partnership with Harper Perennial is reflective of that commitment and we look forward to a longstanding relationship with this prestigious publishing brand.”

As an extension of the hotel’s first of its kind e-reader program, each month, Harper Perennial will make several digital eBook downloads available to The Algonquin’s guests. The hotel offers guests a choice of electronic readers for use during their stay, preloaded with a wealth of new and classic works from the Harper Perennial imprint.  A few of the upcoming titles available through this partnership include the story collection The Secret Lives of People in Love by Simon Van Booy, and timeless works such as Oscar Wilde’s The Model Millionaire and Leo Tolstoy’s Family Happiness.        

To round out this partnership, the hotel will introduce The Algonquin Book Club, a series of events hosted by Harper Perennial in The Algonquin’s famous lobby. These gatherings will feature notable authors, panel discussions, and book signings, such as “Love: A Debate,” the February 11, 2010 event featuring several Harper Perennial authors weighing the benefits of romantic love in modern society. This event will feature authors Simon Van Booy, Ariel Leve, and Rachel Shukert, and will be moderated by Ben Greenman, author and editor at The New Yorker.

“We’re thrilled to have this chance to partner with The Algonquin,” said Cal Morgan, Editorial Director of Harper Perennial. “There is no more storied literary venue in America—in every sense of the word—and the prospect of becoming part of their tradition of literary celebration was one we couldn’t resist.”

For those not able to take part in The Algonquin Book Club’s regularly scheduled events, you can book the hotel’s lobby for your own book club! A Harper Perennial book will be recommended every month for you to consider introducing to your group.  Reservations for groups up to 10 people can be made free of charge by calling The Algonquin or visiting their website at www.algonquinhotel.com. 

For hotel reservations and information, please call 1-866-363-9011 or visit www.algonquinhotel.com  

ABOUT THE ALONGQUIN HOTEL

A New York City landmark recently named to the National Trust Historic Hotels of America, the Algonquin Hotel is located in the heart of midtown Manhattan at 44th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, just steps from Broadway’s Theatres and world-class shopping. Home to Dorothy Parker’s famous Round Table and birthplace of the New Yorker magazine, the Algonquin Hotel is highly regarded by travelers the world over. The recent $4.5 million renovation effort focused on refreshing the hotel lobby, upgrading all guest rooms, laying new guestroom carpet and introducing new bedding to the 174-guestroom hotel – creating a new era of elegance at the historically significant hotel. The hotel’s popular Oak Room, which has showcased musical talents such as Harry Connick, Jr., Andrea Marcovicci, Diana Krall and Peter Cincotti, serves dinner and offers cabaret performances Tuesday through Saturday. The legendary Algonquin Round Table of the 1920s is the inspiration for the current Round Table Room serving traditional American cuisine breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Blue Bar and Lobby also serve cocktails and other beverages throughout the day. The hotel features a fully-equipped fitness center and five meeting and function rooms, which can accommodate groups from 10 to 175. www.algonquinhotel.com

ABOUT HARPERCOLLINS

HarperCollins, one of the largest English-language publishers in the world, is a subsidiary of News Corporation (NYSE: NWS, NWS.A; ASX: NWS, NWSLV).  Headquartered in New York, HarperCollins has publishing groups around the world including the HarperCollins General Books Group, HarperCollins Children’s Books Group, Zondervan, HarperCollins UK, HarperCollins Canada, HarperCollins Australia/New Zealand and HarperCollins India.  HarperCollins is a broad-based publisher with strengths in literary and commercial fiction, business books, children's books, cookbooks, mystery, romance, reference, religious and spiritual books.  With nearly 200 years of history HarperCollins has published some of the world’s foremost authors and has won numerous awards including the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, the Newbery Medal and the Caldecott. Consistently at the forefront of innovation and technological advancement HarperCollins is the first publisher to digitize its content and create a global digital warehouse to protect the rights of its authors, meet consumer demand and generate additional business opportunities.  You can visit HarperCollins Publishers on the Internet at http://www.harpercollins.com.

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