Off The Page

Grab your friends and build your perfect summer day with Ruth Reichl, Gretchen Rubin and other Random House authors.
Tickets are available at the door.

July 11, 2015 in Hudson, NY

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“Books, authors, food and wine — what could be better?” – Rural Intelligence

“When Random House throws an Open House at its headquarters in Manhattan, readers get to meet their favorite authors in an up-close-and-personal atmosphere. Now the mega-publisher is moving the party upstate for a daylong event to be held in Basilica Hudson, the reclaimed and renovated 19th-century factory where the arts are celebrated in grand style.” – Almanac Weekly

“Looking to add more books to your summer reading list? A new event, dubbed Off The Page, aims to bring bookworms and notable authors together for a day of panel discussions, wine tastings, an exclusive three-course dinner, and a sneak-peek at new titles this fall.” – Hudson Valley Magazine

Random House’s Off The Page is a unique event that brings books to life for a day of inspiration and fun in New York’s scenic Hudson Valley. You’ll be welcomed with a complimentary Random House tote bag filled with summer reads, goodies and gifts. Grab an iced coffee, and start the day off with an inspiring talk by bestselling author and legendary food critic Ruth Reichl. Build your perfect summer day with a variety of book-inspired sessions and interactive workshops on book clubs, cooking, travel, and living your best life.  Gretchen Rubin — the author of  the blockbuster bestseller The Happiness Project — will end the day with an energizing conversation about habits and happiness, before guests adjourn for a delicious wine tasting of Hudson Valley favorites. Off The Page is a day of literary discovery, filled with surprises and plenty of great reads to take home and devour.

Event Details

What was Included

  • Random House tote bag full of books, exclusive early readers' editions, goodies, and gifts (a $200 value!)
  • Full day of author and expert talks, with keynotes by Ruth Reichl and Gretchen Rubin
  • Early preview of Random House's fall books, including Ruth Reichl's My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Changed My Life 
  • Free summer beach reads
  • Book club entertaining tips
  • Flower arranging & coffee brewing workshops
  • Hudson Valley wine tasting
  • Complimentary refreshments
  • Light breakfast and snacks throughout the day
  • Digital copy of Darling magazine's Issue No. 12 for reading on the go
  • Children Under 12 Admitted Free of Charge

Date & Time

July 11, 2015
9:00am to 6:00pm


Hudson, NY

Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street, Hudson, NY 12534


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Off The Page Programming

9:00am – Doors Open

10:00am – Welcome Address

10:10am – FOOD: Legendary Food Writer Ruth Reichl in conversation Dana Bowen (Executive Editor of Every Day with Rachael Ray)

11:00am – Meet & Greet with Ruth Reichl and Dana Bowen

11:00am – Flower Arranging Inspired by The Language of Flowers (runs until 4pm)

11:00am – Learn to brew the perfect cup of coffee at Toby’s Estate Coffee Roasters Brew School Pop-Up (runs on the half hour until 2:00pm)

11:15am – WELLNESS: Meditation with Clark Strand, former senior editor at Tricycle: The Buddhist Review and author of the recently released Waking up to the Dark

11:45am – Pre-ordered boxed lunches available for pickup & Gracie's and Black Forest Flammkuchen food trucks on-site

12:00pm – ART: Award-winning author and illustrator, Lauren Redniss, weaves history with scientific research to introduce her upcoming title, Thunder & Lightning

12:30pm – TRAVEL: Destination Ideas & Travel Tips with Fodor’s Travel Editors Salwa Jabado & Caroline Trefler

1:00pm – Meet & Greet Sarah Dubbeldam (Editor-in-Chief, Darling magazine)

1:30pm – HOME: The Cult of Tidying Up, inspired by Marie Kondo’s international bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

2:00pm – BOOK CLUB: The team behind Random House Reader’s Circle joins Carol Fitzgerald (President The Book Report Network) and Kelley Drahushuk (owner of Hudson's Spotty Dog Books & Ale) to share their best tips for running a successful book club

2:00pm – WORKSHOP: Mobile Photography

3:00pm – ENTERTAINING: Caterer to the stars Mary Giuliani (author of the forthcoming book, The Cocktail Party) joins lifestyle expert Kara Dykert (By Kara Elise) to talk about how to create one of a kind, out of the box parties

4:00pm – LIFESTYLE: Hear best-selling author Gretchen Rubin (The Happiness Project and Better Than Before) speak with Sarah Dubbeldam (Editor-in-Chief, Darling magazine) about how we make and break habits

5:00pm – Meet & Greet with Gretchen Rubin

5:00pm – Complimentary Hudson Valley Wine Tasting, hosted by New York Cork Report and Hudson Valley Wine Country, featuring selections from Hudson-Chatham and Tousey wineries


Available Throughout the Day:

  • Plenty of free snacks and drinks generously provided by The Republic of Tea, Toby's Estate Coffee Roasters, Red Jacket Orchards, Deep River Snacks, Blue Hill Yogurt, Loacker & more
  • Etsy pop-up shop featuring local Hudson Valley artisans
  • Enter for a chance to win Breville’s theSmartWaffle™Pro4Slice ($450 value)
  • Enter for a chance to win a $250 gift card from photo goods company Artifact Uprising
  • Shop the bookstore and purchase some of the titles featured at Off The Page
  • Pick up your complimentary Random House tote bag filled with gifts, summer reads and lots of goodies (a $200 value)


Darling Dinner

Add on a ticket to the Random House x Darling Dinner ($60) and continue Off The Page with an alfresco dining experience to further reflect on the day and connect with fellow attendees and some of the featured authors. Dinner ticket includes a delicious locally sourced three-course meal, wine courtesy of Union Wine Co., specialty craft cocktails courtesy of Art In The Age, a print edition of Darling ($20 value) and an advanced reader’s edition of Ruth Reichl’s highly-anticipated fall cookbook, My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Changed My Life.

  • Specialty Rhubarb Cocktail and Wine
  • Local Cheeses
  • Granny Smith Apple Salad
  • Mediterranean Salmon
  • Roasted Shallot Ricotta Gnocchi
  • Roasted Beets
  • Pies


Getting There


Located an easy two-hour train ride from New York City, the Hudson Valley offers plenty to eat, see, and explore. In 2015, it was included on the annual Fodor’s Travel Go List as a can't-miss destination that should be on every traveler's radar.

Off The Page will take place at Basilica Hudson, a reclaimed nineteenth century factory converted into an art, performance, production, and event space in historic Hudson, New York. Hudson is a short trip from New York City and Albany, and Basilica Hudson is easily accessible by Amtrak. Free parking available on site. 

From NYC
By Car: 2 hour scenic road trip (120 miles)
By Train: 2 hour direct train from Penn Station to Hudson Station along the Hudson River (5 - 12 trains daily)

From Albany
By Car: 45 minute drive south (45 miles)
By Train: 25 minute direct train from Albany Station to Hudson Station (5 - 12 trains daily)

From Elsewhere
By Air: Albany International Airport (all major carriers) or Stewart Int'l Airport (US, JetBlue, Delta - 1 hour drive)

Featured Authors

Ruth Reichl is the bestselling author of the memoirs Tender at the Bone, Garlic and Sapphires, and Comfort Me with Apples, the novel Delicious!, and the forthcoming cookbook, My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Changed My LifeShe served as the food critic for the New York Times before becoming editor in chief of Gourmet magazine for ten years. She lives in New York City with her husband, son, and two cats.

Gretchen Rubin is the author of several books, including the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers, The Happiness Project, Happier at Homeand Better Than Before. She has an enormous readership, both in print and online, and her books have sold more than two million copies worldwide, in more than thirty languages. She makes frequent TV appearances and is in much demand as a speaker. Gretchen started her career in law and was clerking for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor when she realized she wanted to be a writer. She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.

Clark Strand, a former senior editor at Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, has been studying the world’s spiritual traditions for more than thirty years. The author of Waking Up to the Dark, Waking the BuddhaMeditation Without GurusHow to Believe in God, and Seeds from a Birch Tree, Strand has written for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and the Washington Post/Newsweek “On Faith” blog. He is the founder of Way of the Rose, a growing nonsectarian rosary fellowship open to people of any spiritual background, with members around the world. He lives on a dark road with no streetlights in the southern Catskill Mountains.

Lauren Redniss is the author of Century Girl: 100 Years in the Life of Doris Eaton Travis, Last Living Star of the Ziegfeld Follies, Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout, a finalist for the National Book Award), and the forthcoming, Thunder & Lightning: Weather Past, Present, Future. She teaches at Parsons The New School for Design.

Mary Giuliani is a party and lifestyle expert and owner of Mary Giuliani Catering and Events. She has maintained a loyal client roster that includes J.Crew, Vogue, the Rolling Stones, Bradley Cooper, Stella McCartney, Carolina Herrera, HBO, and many more. Mary has appeared on Today, Good Morning America, and Barefoot Contessa, among other national media. In 2013 she partnered with chef Mario Batali on a catering collaboration called MARIObyMary. The Cocktail Party: Eat Drink Play Recover will be published by Random House on October 27. Mary splits her time between New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood and Woodstock, New York, with her husband Ryan, and daughter, Gala.

Dana Bowen has spent the last two decades writing, editing and cooking up food stories. Prior to becoming Executive Editor of Every Day with Rachael Ray in 2012, a food and lifestyle magazine that reaches 5.8 million readers, she was Executive Editor of Saveur, where she travelled the world to get inside the kitchens of home cooks and chefs. She was a regular contributor to the New York Times Dining section, where she reviewed restaurants for the $25 & Under column and wrote food trend stories on everything from barbecue to baby food.  Dana has written and contributed to several books, including The Da Fiore Cookbook: Recipes from Venice’s Best Restaurant, Saveur: The New Comfort Food, and Hanging Out in Italy (that one was fun!). She divides her time between Brooklyn and the Hudson Valley, and can’t decide which place is more delicious.

Sarah Dubbeldam is the Co-Founder, Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director of Darling Magazine, a quarterly print publication sold in over 350 stores across the US including Anthropologie and Whole Foods, along with a popular online blog that has reached over a million women from all over the world.With a background in the film industry and as a professional model and actress, Sarah saw “the other side” of media, which fueled a passion to change the way women are represented and spoken to across all forms of media. Sarah is passionate about spreading the message of: you are beautiful, you are interesting, you are original, good enough, and here for a purpose in the world.

Kara Dykert is the founder of By Kara Elise, an event curation company based in Los Angeles. Her dinner party movement has traveled from LA to London with many stops in between. By Kara Elise events appeal to socially conscious foodies who travel the world and aren’t afraid to get heir hands dirty in creative projects. In addition to community supper clubs she works with brands to turn consumers into community.