Open House Summer 2019

July 18, 2019 in New York, NY

Join us on Thursday, July 18 for Summer Open House, a day of book culture, connection, and discovery at our home office in New York City.

We are so excited to present our lineup this year focused on all things summer! You’ll learn how to pick out produce at your local farmer’s market with Carla Lalli Music, how to grill that perfect summer meal with Michael Symon, and tap into signs from the afterlife with Laura Lynne Jackson. Discover the best beach reads with our fiction panelists Bethany ChaseLinda Holmes, Domenica Ruta, and Lauren Gershell, dive into the hottest summer thrillers with Cambria Brockman, Laura McHugh, and Chris Pavone, get your true crime fix with Karen Abbott, and Maureen Callahan, and catch up with the former editor of Gourmet Magazine, Ruth Reichl.

Random House Open House is a seasonal event in New York City dedicated to conversation, connection, and, of course, fantastic books. We bring together a wide range of authors, from blockbuster fiction writers to Michelin-starred chefs, and everything in between, with a mission of fostering a universal thirst for knowledge and a passion for reading.


Event Details

What was Included

  • Guaranteed Seating
  • Full day of programing
  • A behind-the-scenes look at publishing at Random House
  • Random House canvas tote bag filled with books and goodies
  • Coffee and tea
  • Boxed lunch
  • Snack break
  • Afternoon reception with wine and hors d'oeuvres

Date & Time

July 18, 2019
Doors Open at 9:00AM; Programming begins at 10:00AM; Cocktail Reception to follow to 5:00PM


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 Authors

Karen Abbott is the New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second CityAmerican Rose, and, most recently, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, named one of the best books of the year by Library Journal and the Christian Science Monitor. A native of Philadelphia, she now lives in New York City.

Cambria Brockman grew up in Houston, London, and Scotland and attended Holderness School in New Hampshire. She graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, with a degree in English literature. She owns an award-winning wedding and portrait photography company, Cambria Grace, along with its popular Instagram account. Brockman lives in Boston with her husband, son, and dog. Tell Me Everything is her first novel.

Maureen Callahan is an award-winning investigative journalist, author, columnist, and commentator. She has covered everything from pop culture to politics. Her writing has appeared in Vanity Fair, New YorkSpin, and the New York Post, where she is critic at large. She lives in New York.

Bethany Chase isa native of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. She is the author of The One That Got Away and Results May Vary. She lives with her husband and son in New Jersey.

Lauren Gershell was born and raised on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, where she now lives with her family. She holds a B.A. and law degree from Columbia University. That’s What Frenemies Are For is her first novel.

Linda Holmes is the beloved host of NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast. Her book EVVIE DRAKE STARTS OVER is a charming and heartfelt novel about the unlikely relationship between a young woman who’s lost her husband and a major league pitcher who’s lost his game.

Laura Lynne Jackson is a psychic medium, who has been reading professionally for more than twenty years. She currently serves as a Windbridge Certified Research Medium with the Windbridge Institute for Applied Research in Human Potential and is also a certified medium with the Forever Family Foundation. She is the author of The Light Between Us, a New York Times bestseller.

Carla Lalli Music is the food director at Bon Appétit, where she oversees the brand’s food and recipe content across all platforms. She writes frequently for the magazine and its websites—, Basically, and Healthyish—and is a frequent host on the Bon Appétit foodcast. Music also hosts recipe and technique videos on Bon Appétit’s YouTube channel, where millions of subscribers tune in to see what’s cooking in the test kitchen. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons. Find her on Instagram @lallimusic.

Laura McHugh is the internationally bestselling author of The Weight of Blood, winner of an International Thriller Writers Award and a Silver Falchion Award for best first novel, and Arrowood, an International Thriller Writers Award finalist for best novel. McHugh lives in Missouri with her husband and daughters.

Chris Pavone is the New York Times–bestselling author of The Expats, winner of the Edgar and Anthony awards for best first novel, The Accident, The Travelers, and most recently The Paris Diversion. He was a book editor for nearly two decades, and lives in New York City with his family.

Ruth Reichl is the bestselling author of the memoirs Tender at the Bone, Comfort Me With Apples, Garlic and Sapphires, and For You, Mom, Finally; the novel Delicious!; and most recently, the cookbook My Kitchen Year. She was editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine for ten years. Previously she was the restaurant critic for The New York Times and served as the food editor and restaurant critic for the Los Angeles Times. She has been honored with six James Beard Awards for her journalism, magazine feature writing, and criticism. She lives in upstate New York with her husband and two cats.

Domenica Ruta grew up in a working-class, unforgiving town north of Boston. Her mother, Kathi, was a notorious drug addict and sometimes dealer whose life swung between welfare and riches, and whose highbrow taste was at odds with her hardscrabble life. She is a graduate of Oberlin College and holds an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin. Her stories have appeared in the Boston Review, the Indiana Review, and Epoch, and she been awarded residencies at Yaddo, MacDowell, Blue Mountain Center, Jentel, and Hedgebrook. The author of the New York Times bestselling memoir With or Without You, a darkly hilarious mother-daughter story and a chronicle of a misfit ‘90s youth, she lives in New York.

Michael Symon is cohost of Food Network’s Iron Chef America andBurgers, Brew & ‘Que and was a cohost on ABC’s The Chew for seven years. He launched Symon Home on HSN in early 2018 and is chef and co-owner of the acclaimed restaurants Lola and Mabel’s BBQ, both in Cleveland, Ohio, as well as of a new Mabel’s BBQ in Las Vegas; the BSpot burger restaurants throughout Ohio and in Detroit, Michigan; and Roast in Detroit. This is his sixth cookbook.