Open House


December 15, 2016 in New York, NY


Random House is home to the world’s most acclaimed storytellers, thought leaders, and innovators, and Open House is our signature special event.

Held three times per year, this unique day-long experience brings together the biggest names in publishing for a full day of interactive author panels and book talks in New York. Readers get a behind-the-books look at what’s new at this all-inclusive day. Our tenth Open House will take place on Thursday, December 15.

Featured authors at this Open House include Diana Gabaldon, Jodi Picoult, Trevor Noah, George Saunders, Jon Meacham, Fannie Flagg, Lindsey Lee Johnson, Allison Pataki, Sana Krasikov, and Laura McHugh.

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Event Details

What was Included

  • Reserved 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)
  • Early finished copies of books
  • Signed copy of BORN A CRIME by Trevor Noah
  • Coffee and light breakfast
  • Boxed lunch
  • Afternoon reception with snacks and treats
  • Wine tasting hosted by Rueda

Date & Time

December 15, 2016
9:00 AM to 5:30 PM


New York, NY

The Kaye Playhouse
at Hunter College
695 Park Avenue
(Entrance on 68th Street between Lexington and Park)
New York, NY 10065


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Note: there are no book signings at this Open House, but signed copies of featured titles will be available for purchase on-site.

Doors Open at 9:00 AM: After you've checked in, grab a cup of coffee and a light breakfast, 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 – 5:30 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. During the reception, take part in a wine tasting featuring a curated flight of wines from Spain's Rueda region. Just two hours northwest of Madrid,  the Rueda wine region in the picturesque Spanish countryside is home to some of the most elegant and effortlessly-drinkable white wines. With just the right amount of fruit, a hint of spice and a refreshing finish, these whites pair well with salads, seafood and stories of all kinds. Rueda sip. Page Flip. Repeat.




Random House’s exclusive hotel partner for Open House is the Loews Regency New York Hotel. Open House guests who book their stay at the Loews Regency will receive a 10% discount off the best available rate. Rooms are reserved under the Random House 10th Open House Group block. Guests may make reservations through Loews Reservations Center, 1-800-233-2356 or online on the Loews Regency website.

*The cancellation of guaranteed reservations must be received 48 hours prior to arrival in order to avoid a charge of one night’s room and tax.

As a AAA Four Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel, the Loews Regency has defined Park Avenue hospitality since it opened its doors in 1963 and is still setting standards in sophistication. With all the benefits of Midtown Manhattan at your fingertips, just steps from many of New York’s most iconic landmarks and within walking distance to Hunter College, the Loews Regency luxury hotel near Central Park is the choice for travelers who desire the best amenities and state-of-the-art technology, but still crave the kind of warm, personalized that harks back to a more gracious era.

The re-imagined Loews Regency combines the best of today’s design, form and function with 50 years of expertise. The result: a modern classic.

Guests Have Said

"Loved every minute of the day...the authors, staff, food were extraordinary. "
"Random House does an awesome job and really makes the reader feel they have something to contribute to the process. "
"The most professionally-run literary event I have attended. Loved it! "
"I loved the entire day! The people who were there to help us and guide us were so friendly and smart."

Featured Authors (In Order of Appearance)

Trevor Noah is the host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show and author of BORN A CRIME (on sale November 15).

Lindsey Lee Johnson is the author of THE MOST DANGEROUS PLACE ON EARTH, which will be published on January 10, 2017. In her debut novel, Johnson unleashes a cast of complex characters in a realm known for its cruelty and peril: the American high school.


Sana Krasikov is the author of One More Year, winner of the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, a National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” selection, and a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award and for the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award. She is the author of the forthcoming novel, THE PATRIOTS (on sale January 24, 2017). She has published stories in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and the O. Henry Prize Stories.

Laura McHugh is the author of ARROWOOD and The Weight of Blood, which won both the 2015 International Thriller Writers award and a Silver Falchion award for the best first novel, and was nominated for a Barry award, an Alex award, and a Goodreads Choice award. She spent part of her childhood in Keokuk, Iowa, where Arrowood is set.

Allison Pataki is the New York Times bestselling author of The Traitor’s Wife, The Accidental Empress, and her latest novel, SISI: EMPRESS ON HER OWN. Allison is the co-founder of the nonprofit organization ReConnect Hungary, regularly contributes to The Huffington Post and, and is a member of the Historical Novel Society.

Jodi Picoult is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-six novels. Acclaimed as “a skilled wordsmith . . . who beautifully creates situations that not only provoke the mind but touch the flawed souls in all of us” (The Boston Globe), Picoult delivers her most timely novel to date with SMALL GREAT THINGS, which will be published on October 11.

Alice Hoffman is the author of more than thirty works of fiction, including Faithful (November 2016), The Marriage of Opposites, Practical Magic, The Red Garden, the Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on Earth, The Museum of Extraordinary Things, and The Dovekeepers.

Jon Meacham received the Pulitzer Prize for his 2008 biography of Andrew Jackson, American Lion. An executive editor at Random House, he is also the author of the New York Times bestsellers DESTINY AND POWER, Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, American Gospel, and Franklin and Winston.

Fannie Flagg is the bestselling author of twelve books, including  Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe and THE WHOLE TOWN’S TALKING (on sale November 29). Flagg’s script for the movie Fried Green Tomatoes won the highly regarded Scripter Award for best screenplay of the year, and was nominated for an Academy Award and a Writers Guild of America Award.

George Saunders is the author of nine books, including the story collection Tenth of December, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. His first novel, LINCOLN IN THE BARDO, will be published on February 14. Saunders was included in Time’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and has received the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction and a MacArthur Fellowship.

Diana Gabaldon  is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular Outlander novels, with more than twenty-eight million copies in print worldwide.