Open House is a unique 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 (a $185 value!). 

Join Random House on Friday, November 14 for our next Open House, featuring author and actress Brooke Shields, QVC personality and celebrity makeup artist Mally Roncal, The New York Times Food Editor Sam Sifton, and more bestselling authors. Participate in conversations about this year’s best books-as-gifts and get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping at this special event. 

Each $60 Open House ticket includes a deluxe gift bag valued at $185! 

Each $60 Open House ticket includes a deluxe gift bag valued at $185! 


“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.’”



Friday, November 14

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM



Random House - New York, NY 

Explore Random House's New York headquarters during Open House.



Each $60 Open House ticket includes:

  • Full access to interactive sessions and book signings featuring authors and experts

  • Autographed copy of THERE WAS A LITTLE GIRL by Brooke Shields

  • UNBROKEN (The Young Adult Adaptation): An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive

  • Advance Readers Edition of HOUSE OF ECHOES by Brendan Duffy – before it’s on sale in April 2015

  • Advance Readers Edition of THE SAME SKY by Amanda Eyre Ward – before it's on sale in January 2015

  • Selected book from Random House Children’s Books

  • Holiday gift from Talbots

  • Coffee and breakfast

  • Lunch provided by Dean & DeLuca

  • Snacks provided by Joe Coffee, KIND Healthy Snacks, Twinings Tea, Walkers Shortbread, Guylian Belgian Chocolate, and more!

  • Cocktail party with Skinnygirl wine

  • Random House canvas tote bag 

Don't miss Open House on Friday, November 14 for a day of programming, including:


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 outduring 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