Fall Open House 2018

Fall Open House is Friday, December 7th!

December 7, 2018 in New York, NY

We are excited to announce the authors appearing at Fall Open House! Join us on Friday, December 7 for a day of book culture, connection, and discovery at our home office in New York City.

Come hear #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult discuss her timely new novel, A SPARK OF LIGHT and hear how she is branching out in new arenas in her creative life…plus a few surprises!

Go behind-the-scenes with journalists Barry Meier, Ken Auletta, and Heather Tesoriero as they discuss reporting the story.

Learn how to cultivate self-possession and self-care in your life with Mya Spalter’s ENCHANTMENTS and Emma Loewe and Lindsay Kellner‘s THE SPIRIT ALMANAC.

Line up your next fireside reading binge with our fiction panel – Gary Shteyngart, Nathan Englander, and Karen Thompson Walker.

Take trips to the past with Amy Bloom, author of WHITE HOUSES, and Susan Elia MacNeal‘s THE PRISONER IN THE CASTLE and allow Elizabeth Letts to take you somewhere over the rainbow with FINDING DOROTHY.

Get drawn into the worlds of Mira Jacob and New Yorker cartoonist’s Liana Finck with their new graphic memoirs, GOOD TALK and PASSING FOR HUMAN.

Meet Beau L’Amour, author, editor, and son of legendary American storyteller Louis L’Amour.

Treat yourself to a perfect fall day at Random House. Meet our authors, connect with other readers, enter to win a raffle prize, enjoy wine and snacks at our end-of-day wine down reception, and get a sneak peek at the books that have our office buzzing!

Event Details

What was Included

  • Guaranteed seating
  • Full day of programming
  • A behind-the-scenes look at publishing at Random House
  • Random House canvas tote bag filled with books and goodies (valued at $150)
  • Coffee
  • Boxed lunch
  • Afternoon reception with wine and snacks

Date & Time

December 7, 2018
Check-In Starts at 9:00AM; Programming begins at 10:00AM; followed by a cocktail reception at the end of the day
December 7, 2018
5:00 pm


New York, NY

Random House, 1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019


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Doors Open at 9:00 AM: After you've checked in, grab a cup of coffee, browse our pop-up bookstore, and meet Random House staff before the day begins.

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM:  Morning Programming

12:00 PM – 1:15 PM: Lunch Break (boxed lunch included with your ticket)

1:15 PM – 4:00 PM: Afternoon Programming

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Cocktail Party! Mix and mingle with Random House staff and guests at our popular end-of-the-day reception, featuring complimentary hors d’oeuvres, treats and wine.

Travel Details

Open House is held at Random House, located near Columbus Circle in Manhattan. The address is -  1745 Broadway (between 55th and 56th Streets), New York, NY 10019.

Subway N, Q, R, W to 57th Street – 7th Avenue ; B, D, E to 7th Avenue – 53rd Street; 1, A, B, C, D to 59th Street – Columbus Circle

About the Hosts

Ken Aueletta

Ken Auletta has written the Annals of Communications column for The New Yorker since 1992. He is the author of twelve books, including Three Blind Mice: How the TV Networks Lost Their Way; Greed and Glory on Wall Street: The Fall of The House of Lehman; and World War 3.0: Microsoft and Its Enemies. In naming him America’s premier media critic, the Columbia Journalism Review said, “no other reporter has covered the new communications revolution as thoroughly as has Auletta.” He lives in Manhattan with his wife.

Amy Bloom

Amy Bloom is the author of Come to Me, a National Book Award finalist; A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You, nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Love Invents Us; Normal; Away, New York Times bestseller; Where the God of Love Hangs Out; and Lucky Us, New York Times bestseller. Her stories have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Short Stories, The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction, and many other anthologies here and abroad. She has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, Vogue, O: The Oprah Magazine, Slate, Tin House, and Salon, among other publications, and has won a National Magazine Award. She is the Shapiro-Silverberg Professor of Creative Writing at Wesleyan University.

Susan Elia MacNeal

Susan Elia MacNeal is the New York Times bestselling author of the Maggie Hope mysteries, MacNeal won the Barry Award and has been nominated for the Edgar, Macavity, Agatha, Left Coast Crime, Dilys, and ITW Thriller awards. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and son.

Nathan Englander

Nathan Englander is the author of the novel The Ministry of Special Cases and the story collections For the Relief of Unbearable Urges andWhat We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, a winner of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at New York University and lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and daughter.

Liana Finck

Liana Finck is a regular contributor to The New Yorker, The Awl, and Catapult. She is a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and a Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists. She has had artist residencies with the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Tablet magazine. Her first book, A Bintel Brief, was published in 2014 and her graphic memoir Passing for Human was published in September 2018.

Mira Jacobs

Mira Jacob is the author of the critically acclaimed novel The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing, which was shortlisted for India’s Tata First Literature Award, honored by the Asian Pacific American Library Association, and named one of the best books of the year by The Boston Globe, Kirkus ReviewsBustle, and The Millions. Her recent work has appeared in The New York Times Book ReviewVogue, GlamourTin House, Electric Literature, and Lit Hub. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.

Lindsay Kellner

Beau L'Amour

Beau L’Amour is an author, art director, and editor.  He has also worked in the film, television, magazine, and recording industries.  Since 1988 he has been the manager of the estate of his father, Louis L’Amour.

Elizabeth Letts

Elizabeth Letts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Eighty-Dollar Champion and The Perfect Horse, which won the 2017 PEN Center USA Literary Award for research nonfiction, as well as two previous novels, Quality of Care and Family Planning. A former certified nurse-midwife, she also served in the Peace Corps in Morocco. She lives in Southern California and Northern Michigan.

Emma Loewe

Emma Loewe is a NYC-based writer and editor. She is currently the Sustainability Editor at mindbodygreen, where she also covers home and spirituality content. She graduated from Duke University with a degree in Environmental Science in 2015 and is fascinated by how people interact with nature. She loves being outside, taking photos, and finding creative ways to write about sustainability and spirituality.

Barry Meier

Barry Meier was the first journalist to shed a national spotlight on the abuse of OxyContin. He was a member of the New York Times reporting team that won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. Meier is also a two-time winner of the George Polk Award. His reporting at the Times concentrated on the intersection of business, medicine, and the public’s health. During his career, he has exposed the dangers of various drugs and medical products, including a defective heart device and a generation of flawed artificial hips. Meier is the author of A World of Hurt, Missing Man, and his most recent book, Pain Killer. He lives in New York City with his wife and their daughter.

Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult is the #1 bestselling author of twenty-four novels including My Sister’s Keeper, Nineteen Minutes, The Storyteller, Leaving Time, and her most recent, the acclaimed #1 bestseller, SMALL GREAT THINGS, which explored the issues of power, privilege and race, and was called “the most important novel Picoult has ever written” (Washington Post). The novel has sold over a million copies since its publication in October 2016. Ballantine Books will publish Picoult‘s 25th novel, A SPARK OF LIGHT, on October 2, 2018.

Karen Thompson Walker

Karen Thompson Walker is the author of The Age of Miracles, which was named a best book of the year by People, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Financial Times, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and Amazon.  It was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award and it was translated into twenty-seven languages. She was born and raised in San Diego and is a graduate of UCLA and the Columbia MFA program. Walker lives in Portland with her family, where she is a professor of creative writing at the University of Oregon.

Gary Shteyngart

Gary Shteyngart is the New York Times bestselling author of the memoir Little Failure (a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist) and the novels Super Sad True Love Story (winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize),  Absurdistan, and The Russian Debutante’s Handbook (winner of the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction)His books regularly appear on best-of lists around the world and has been published in 30 countries.

Heather Won Tesoriero

Heather Won Tesoriero is an Emmy-winning former producer for CBS News and has been a reporter at The Wall Street JournalTIME, and Newsweek. A Korean adoptee who was discovered on a doorstep when was she just a few days old, she grew up on the eastern end of Long Island and now lives in New York City with her husband and two young daughters.