"Run Wild, Stay Alive" and new structure
On March 3rd 2016, Hotel Books announced the new album Run Wild, Stay Alive following their previous album Run Wild, Young Beauty on Facebook. It will be released in summer of 2016.
In February 2016, Smith and Thibeau announced a new chapter in the group's development involving the future release of Cam's second book and a feature length film. It is unclear of Hotel Books' future plans as a band, but Smith is embarking on a full US tour in April-May 2016 performing "poems, storytelling, and some Hotel Books songs." During So What!? Fest 2016, the band performed as a three-piece but called it a "one time experience" on Smith's official Twitter account. Controversy surrounded the band at the festival as they made all of their merchandise free until prompted to at least charge five dollars for shirts. During their set, Cam used half the set to speak about the state of the music scene and the importance of community to combat mental illness and isolation. Though some fans were upset with the lack of songs, the new, focused Hotel Books was well received.
In March 2016, Cam Smith, Kaleb Thibeau and InVogue Records announced a new album, as well as a less structured and more art driven Hotel Books. Smith stated, "No one is in the band, but everyone is in this band. We're not a band. We're an art collective. We don't want to be a band, we want to be a foundation for honest art." Following this statement, Smith announced that three minute slots would be available on his upcoming solo tour for young poets to perform pieces they had written.