Open House is a unique semiannual event that brings together the biggest names in publishing for a full day of interactive author panels and book signings at Random House’s New York offices. Readers get a behind-the-books look at what’s new at this all-inclusive day, which includes breakfast, snacks, lunch, a cocktail party, and a canvas tote bag full of books and goodies.
WHAT GUESTS HAVE SAID
“I've always been interested in publishing and was grateful for the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes experience.”
“I'm a lover of books, many genres, and wanted to do something nice for myself.”
“Honestly, it came down to the massive value offered at a price that was truly ‘a steal.’”
Random House - New York, NY
Explore Random House's New York headquarters during Open House.
Example Programming (Based on November 14, 2014 Event)
9:00AM-10:00AM │ Check-in and Breakfast
Once you’ve checked in, start the day with Joe Coffee and a delicious parfait from KIND Healthy Snacks, and mingle with Random House staff.
10:00AM-11:00AM │ Savor the Season
Gabrielle Hamilton—chef and owner of the popular New York City restaurant Prune and bestselling author of the memoir Blood, Bones, and Butter—is joined by New York Times Food Editor and noted Thanksgiving expert Sam Sifton to talk about signature holiday recipes and Hamilton’s eagerly awaited first cookbook, PRUNE.
11:00AM-11:15AM │ Book Signing and Break, sponsored by Twinings Tea and Walkers Shortbread
Gabrielle Hamilton will sign copies of PRUNE, and Sam Sifton will sign copies of THANKSGIVING—both available for purchase. Take a break and enjoy Twinings tea and a light snack from Walkers Shortbread.
11:15AM-12:00PM │ 10 Books That Make Great Gifts
This diverse group of authors discusses their favorite books that they’d like to give and receive. With selections from debut thriller writer Brendan Duffy; Tad Hills, author of the popular children’s series Duck & Goose; and author/journalist/humorist Jon Ronson, there’s sure to be something for everyone on your shopping list—including you!
12:00PM-12:15PM │ Book Signing and Break
Brendan Duffy, Tad Hills, and Jon Ronson will sign copies of HOUSE OF ECHOES, DUCK & GOOSE, and THE PSYCHOPATH TEST. Books available for purchase.
12:00PM-1:00PM │ Lunch Provided by Dean & DeLuca
Take a break to eat lunch and chat with guests, or join a breakout lunch session to learn more about the people behind the books.
Breakout Session: Meet Random House Editors
Our most popular breakout session is back! Join Random House editors for an lunchtime discussion about the editing process, what they look for in book submissions, and what it’s like to work at a publishing house.
1:00PM -1:45PM │ Perfect Your Holiday Glow
Makeup artist to A-list celebrities and the founder and president of Mally Beauty, Mally Roncal is ready to share her expert tips on how to live a gorgeous life—inside and out—during this conversation with Redbook Beauty Director Victoria Kirby. Get inspired as she reveals easy beauty tips and positive affirmations from her new book, LOVE, LASHES, AND LIPSTICK – all guaranteed to uplift women of all ages, and help you achieve your ultimate holiday glow.
1:45PM-2:00PM │ Book Signing and Break
Mally Roncal will sign copies of LOVE, LASHES, AND LIPSTICK. Book available for purchase.
2:00PM-2:30PM │ Making of a Bestseller: UNBROKEN
Meet the Random House team that helped publish the #1 New York Times bestseller UNBROKEN: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand. UNBROKEN spent 178 weeks on the New York Times hardcover nonfiction bestseller list, has a new young adult edition (included in the Open House gift bag), and is being brought to the big screen by actress and director Angelina Jolie this winter.
2:30PM-3:30PM │ Motherhood and Me: A Conversation with Brooke Shields
Actress and author Brooke Shields had a childhood unlike most, booking her first modeling job at just eleven months. Thanks to her mother and manager, Teri Shields, she stayed busy and in the spotlight for years to come. In this exclusive conversation with her editor Jill Schwartzman, Brooke will share a glimpse into her new memoir, THERE WAS A LITTLE GIRL—a heartwarming and honest account of her tumultuous but loving relationship with her mother, and its effect on her own experience with motherhood.
3:30PM-3:45PM │ Book Signing
Brooke Shields will sign copies of THERE WAS A LITTLE GIRL, included in the Open House gift bag.
3:30PM-5:00PM │ Cocktail Party and Holiday Market
Wrap up your day at our Cocktail Party and Holiday Market! Visit our custom wrapping station to put the finishing touches on your readable gifts, while sipping on Skinnygirl wine and mingling with publishing professionals and fellow readers. Enjoy some of the savory cheeses featured in DI PALO’S GUIDE TO THE ESSENTIAL FOODS OF ITALY, and meet the author, Lou Di Palo, of the historic Di Palo Fine Foods Store in Little Italy. End the day on a sweet note with treats from Guylian Belgian Chocolate and Walkers Shortbread.
Photo Credits: Gabrielle Hamilton, Melanie Dunea CPi / Sam Sifton, Jeong Kang / Brooke Shields, Chris Henchy / Mally Roncal, Phil Bicket