2017 Pfister Narrator in Residence Nicole Mattke

The Pfister Hotel is Starting a Book Club This Summer

The Pfister Hotel adds a free monthly book club to its recurring event calendar. The first discussion takes place on July 13.

Have you been slacking on that resolution you made months ago to read more this year? Join the club.

Seriously though, Nicole Mattke – the Pfister Hotel’s 2017 Narrator in Residence – is hosting a free monthly book club. And anyone can join.

Meetings will be held on second Thursday of each month in the hotel’s mezzanine, from 7-9 p.m. Admission is free and complimentary drinks and snacks will be provided. The hotel’s pastry chef, Travis Martinez, will also create a special dessert inspired by that month’s book.

Pfister mezzanine
Photo courtesy of the Pfister Hotel

For the first meeting, on July 13, readers will discuss A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles. The sweeping bestseller – set in Russia in the early twentieth century – takes place, appropriately, in a hotel: the story chronicles the adventures of Count Alexander Rostov, who has been confined to the halls of Moscow’s elegant Hotel Metropol for writing inflammatory poetry. The novel gains momentum when Alexander meets Nina, a young girl with a set of skeleton keys that can unlock any room in the Metropol.

You can learn more about A Gentleman in Moscow on the events page of the Pfister’s website, which also details the books to be discussed later in the season. So far, three additional titles – still tentative for now – have been added to the calendar:

  • August 10, The Veins of the Ocean, by Patricia Engel
  • September 14, The Cottingley Secret, by Hazel Gaynor
  • October 12, Forest Dark, by Nicole Krauss

So, if you’re still looking for books to round out your summer reading list, consider checking out one – or all – of Mattke’s selected titles.



Lindsey Anderson covers culture for Milwaukee Magazine. Before joining the MilMag team she worked as an editor at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and wrote freelance articles for ArtSlant and Eater.