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Open House is a special day for readers to meet bestselling authors, explore one of the world's largest publishing houses, and get to know the people behind their favorite books. 

Open House brings together the biggest names in literature and publishing for a day-long event at Random House’s New York headquarters. Previous Open House speakers have included: Jenny McCarthy; Ruth Reichl; Lauren Graham; Anna Quindlen; Marcus Samuelsson; Dave Zinczenko; Gretchen Rubin; Kelly Corrigan; Alex Guarnaschelli; Colum McCann; Emily Bazelon; and R.J. Palacio. 

Open House programming includes:  

  • Conversations between authors and experts

  • Book signings, including yet-to-be-released titles

  • Panel discussions with Random House staff

  • Cocktail Mixer with authors and publishers



Random House - New York, NY

Open House takes place at Random House's New York headquarters, allowing guests intimate access to life at a publishing house.



 “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.’”



Open House Programming from May 2

9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. | Check-in and Networking, plus Breakfast by KIND Healthy Snacks

After you’ve checked in, grab a cup of coffee, enjoy a delicious freshly made parfait from KIND Healthy Snacks, and meet our staff before the kickoff of the day’s events.

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10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. | Stirring up Laughs with Jenny McCarthy

Jenny McCarthy is known for speaking her mind and boldly saying what the rest of us are thinking. The lovably goofy and outspoken author of multiple New York Times bestsellers and co-host of ABC's The View will be joined by her editor Marnie Cochran to discuss McCarthy’s knack for blending advice with humor, which is showcased in her new no-holds-barred book of hilarious musings, STIRRING THE POT: MY RECIPE FOR GETTING WHAT YOU WANT OUT OF LIFE.

11:00 A.M. – 11:15 A.M. | Book Signing and Break sponsored by illy issimo

Jenny McCarthy will sign copies of STIRRING THE POT. Book included in your gift bag.

Fuel up in-between sessions with illy issimo’s ready to drink, premium low calorie, iced coffee for on the go refreshment. Flavors include Mochaccino, Cappuccino, Latte, Caffe, and Caffe No Sugar - all ranging between 5-120 calories.

11:15 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. | Storytelling in 140 Characters  

Since its inception in 2006, authors have been using Twitter as means to connect and directly communicate with readers. In his 2013 TED talk, Twitter’s Andrew Fitzgerald discussed the ways in which the platform has evolved beyond general discourse and now enters the realm of creative experimentation. He joins authors and social media superstars Gary Shteyngart (LITTE FAILURE) and Emma Straub (THE VACATIONERS) to discuss the ways in which authors are embracing this medium for new forms of storytelling and communication.

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12:00 P.M. – 12:15 P.M. | Book Signing  

Gary Shteyngart and Emma Straub will sign copies of their books. Books available for purchase. 

12:15 P.M. – 1:15 P.M. | Lunch by 'wichcraft

  • Breakout Session A - Meet Random House Editors
  • Breakout Session B - Cover Art: Designing Stories 

Take a break to eat lunch and chat with guests, or join one of the breakout lunch sessions to learn more about the people behind the books.

Lunch will be provided by one of our favorites: ’wichcraft, which was founded in 2003 by partners Sisha Ortuzar, Jeffrey Zurofsky, and Tom Colicchio, chef and owner of the Craft family of restaurants and head judge of Bravo’s Top Chef. Together, the team created ’wichcraft, an innovative sandwich service like no other. Known for crafting sandwiches with high-quality, fresh ingredients, ’wichcraft puts a chef’s expertise into its menu of sandwiches, salads, soups and sweets.

1:15 P.M. – 1:45 P.M. | Peace, Purpose, and Passion with Panache Desai

Introduced to his American audience by Oprah Winfrey, Panache Desai believes in the power of our soul signature: our spiritual DNA that defines who we are at our core. Offering a preview of his upcoming book, DISCOVERING YOUR SOUL SIGNATURE, Panache will explain how short passages read at morning, noon, and night can dismantle the emotional burden that holds us back and open us up to changing our lives. Through this distilled, poetic, practical, and inspiring course he invites us to rediscover purpose and passion.

1:45 P.M. – 2:00 P.M. | Book Signing

Panache Desai will sign copies of DISCOVERING YOUR SOUL SIGNATURE. Books available for purchase. 

2:00 P.M. – 2:45 P.M. | Food to Fiction: A Conversation with Ruth Reichl

Ruth Reichl has long illuminated the theme of how food defines us. From her career as a restaurant critic to her ten-year tenure as Editor-in-Chief of Gourmet magazine to her bestselling memoirs, she’s proven again and again that she knows food. But what about fiction? That was the challenge Ruth and her editor faced as Ruth set out to write DELICIOUS!, a novel of sisters, family ties, and Ruth’s beloved New York. Random House Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Susan Kamil will interview Ruth about her new book and about finding her voice as a debut novelist.

2:45 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. | Book Signing and Break sponsored by Popchips

Ruth Reichl will sign copies of DELICIOUS!. Books available for purchase.

Open House fan favorite popchips returns with their naturally delicious snacks that we just can't get enough of. 

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3:00 P.M. – 3:45 P.M. | Panel: Summer Reading

For over 13 years, Mira Jacob has brought readers and the literary world to the next big thing with her much loved Pete’s Reading Series. Literary superstars Maggie Shipstead, Chris Pavone, Darcie Chan and Susan Rieger join Mira on stage to discuss their books (including Mira’s own winning and irreverent debut novel THE SLEEPWALKER’S GUIDE TO DANCING) and give an inside look at some of this summer’s hottest reads. Maggie Shipstead became a fan favorite with her smart debut Seating Arrangements. She now gives a glimpse into the passionate, political world of professional ballet with ASTONISH ME. New York Times bestselling author Chris Pavone discusses his riveting thriller THE ACCIDENT, Susan Rieger entertains in her sparkling, laugh-out-loud debut romantic comedy THE DIVORCE PAPERS, and Darcie Chan will share the incredible story behind the publication of her New York Times bestseller THE MILL RIVER RECLUSE.

3:45 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. | Afternoon Mixer

Mix and mingle with authors, guests, and staff to cap off the day.

Get inspired for summer with a little show-and-tell from our friends at Lands’ End. They will have samples from their Coastal Living Body Care Collection and show the swim tee — the new must-have for the beach— to get you and your family ready for beach-reading season.

Enjoy appetizers from one of our favorite Little Italy spots, Di Palo’s. Guests will savor authentic Italian antipasto and get a sneak peak of DI PALO’S GUIDE TO THE ESSENTIAL FOODS OF ITALY. Cocktails will be served by local restaurant Betony, which received three stars from the New York Times and was named Esquire's "Restaurant of the Year."