Open House

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December 11, 2015 in New York, NY

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Open House is a unique semi-annual event that brings together the biggest names in publishing (Lee Child, Amy Robach, Drew Barrymore and more!) for a full day of interactive author panels and book signings at Random House’s New York offices. Readers get a behind-the-books look at what’s new at this all-inclusive day, which includes breakfast, snacks, lunch, a cocktail reception, and a canvas tote bag full of books and goodies (a $180 value!).

Event Details

What's Included

  • Book signings with Lee Child, Kathy Reichs, Elizabeth Strout, Amy Robach, Laura Lynne Jackson, and Mary Giuliani
  • Early finished copy of Elizabeth Strout’s forthcoming novel, MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON (on sale January 5)
  • Coffee and light breakfast
  • Boxed lunch from Dean & DeLuca
  • Afternoon reception, featuring wine and seasonal snacks and sweets inspired by Mary Giuliani’s THE COCKTAIL PARTY: Eat Drink Play Recover
  • A behind-the-scenes look at publishing at Random House
  • Random House canvas tote bag filled with books and gifts

Date & Time

December 11, 2015
9:00am to 5:00pm 20151211 9:00am 20151211 5:00pm America/New_York Open House SOLD OUT - Join the waitlist! New York, NY


New York, NY

Random House, 1745 Broadway
New York, NY 10019


Open House Programming

9:00 AM

Doors Open 

Once you've checked-in, start the day with coffee and a light breakfast, and mingle with Random House staff.

10:00 AM

The Thrill Of The Chase with Lee Child and Kathy Reichs

Make Me

Lee Child


Speaking in Bones

Kathy Reichs

Two of the world’s most renowned thriller writers, Lee Child and Kathy Reichs, come together to kick off Open House, discussing their iconic protagonists and the art of suspense with Entertainment Weekly editor Tina Jordan. Lee Child is hailed as “a superb craftsman of suspense” (Entertainment Weekly) for his twenty Jack Reacher thrillers, including his latest, MAKE ME. Kathy Reichs is the author of SPEAKING IN BONES and seventeen other novels featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. Like her protagonist, Reichs is a forensic anthropologist and her bestselling series has inspired one of the longest-running television shows on Fox, Bones. 

Book signings to follow.

My Name Is Lucy Barton

Elizabeth Strout

11:00 AM

First Look: Pulitzer Prize Winner Elizabeth Strout’s New Novel

Elizabeth Strout is the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Olive Kitteridge, and the forthcoming novel, MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON. In conversation with her editor and publisher, Susan Kamil, Strout will discuss the process of writing this new book, which explores the bond between mother and daughter.

Book signing to follow. Guests will each receive an advance copy of MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON in their gift bag.


Lunch & Breakout Sessions

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


Amy Robach

1:00 PM

Amy Robach: The Journey to Better

Amy Robach has brightened the mornings of millions of Americans, anchoring daily on Good Morning America and traveling the world interviewing political figures and newsmakers. Now she joins us to discuss her intimate and inspiring memoir, BETTER: How I Let Go of Control, Held On to Hope, and Found Joy in My Darkest Hour, where she retraces the twelve months following her breast cancer diagnosis in October 2013. Book signing to follow.

The Light Between Us

Laura Lynne Jackson

2:00 PM

Stories from a Psychic Medium

Laura Lynne Jackson is a high school English teacher by day, and a psychic medium reading for celebrities, athletes, scientists, and CEOs by night. In her first book, THE LIGHT BETWEEN US, Jackson shares her connection to the other side in order to teach us to live in a more loving and meaningful way right here, right now. Book signing to follow.

The Cocktail Party

Mary Giuliani

3:00 PM

Holiday Entertaining with Caterer to the Stars Mary Giuliani

Let lifestyle expert Mary Giuliani help take the stress out of your holiday hosting duties with her simple yet special approach to entertaining. Giuliani’s client roster includes J.Crew, Vogue, and The Rolling Stones, and in her first book, THE COCKTAIL PARTY: Eat Drink Play Recover she shares her secrets for planning one of a kind, playful parties. Book signing to follow.


Drew Barrymore

3:30 PM

Drew Barrymore In Conversation with Editor Jill Schwartzman

Descended from Hollywood royalty, award-winning actress Drew Barrymore has had much of her private life on display for the world to see. Now, at forty, with two young daughters and a growing business empire that includes Flower Films and Flower Beauty, Barrymore reveals her fresh perspective on life in her new book, WILDFLOWER. Interviewed by her editor, Jill Schwartzman, Barrymore will share the lessons that have led her to the successful, happy, and healthy place she is today, and take questions from the audience.


4:15 PM

Cocktail Party

Enjoy wine,  snacks, and good conversation at our end-of-day party.

Guests Have Said

"Honestly, it came down to the massive value offered at a price that was truly 'a steal.' "
"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."

Featured Authors (In Order of Appearance)

Lee Child is the author of MAKE ME, and was born in 1954 in Coventry, England, but spent his formative years in the nearby city of Birmingham. By coincidence he won a scholarship to the same high school that JRR Tolkien had attended. He went to law school in Sheffield, England, and after part-time work in the theater he joined Granada Television in Manchester for what turned out to be an eighteen-year career as a presentation director during British TV’s “golden age.” During his tenure his company made Brideshead Revisited, The Jewel in the Crown, Prime Suspect, and Cracker. But he was fired in 1995 at the age of 40 as a result of corporate restructuring. Always a voracious reader, he decided to see an opportunity where others might have seen a crisis and bought six dollars’ worth of paper and pencils and sat down to write a book, Killing Floor, the first in the Jack Reacher series. Killing Floor was an immediate success and launched the series which has grown in sales and impact with every new installment.

Kathy Reichs is the author of eighteen New York Times bestselling novels featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, including her latest, SPEAKING IN BONES. Like her protagonist, Reichs is a forensic anthropologist—one of fewer than one hundred ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. A professor in the department of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, she is the former vice president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and serves on the National Police Services Advisory Council in Canada. Reichs’s own life, as much as her novels, is the basis for the TV show Bones, one of the longest-running series in the history of the Fox network.

Elizabeth Strout is the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Olive Kitteridge, as well as The Burgess Boys, a New York Times bestseller; Abide with Me, a national bestseller and Book Sense pick; and Amy and Isabelle, which won the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize. She has also been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize in England. Her short stories have been published in a number of magazines, including The New Yorker and O: The Oprah Magazine. Elizabeth Strout lives in New York City. Her new book MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON will be published on January 5, 2016.

Amy Robach is the author of her memoir, BETTER: How I Let Go of Control, Held On to Hope, and Found Joy in My Darkest Hour, and is an American television journalist and anchor for ABC’s Good Morning America. Previously, she was the co-host of the Saturday edition of NBC’s Today, a national correspondent for NBC News, and an anchor on MSNBC. Over the past twenty years, she has traveled the country and the world, interviewing political figures such as President Barack Obama, John McCain, Nancy Pelosi, and John Edwards, as well as newsmakers like Malala Yousafzai, Oprah Winfrey, and Prince Harry. Robach’s #GIRLPOWER series on ABC profiles influential women including the first and only four-star female Navy admiral, Michelle Howard, and FEED founder Lauren Bush Lauren. A Michigan native and graduate of the University of Georgia, Robach lives in New York City with her husband, two young daughters, and stepson.

Laura Lynne Jackson is a high school English teacher, a Long Island native, a wife and mother of three children, and a psychic medium able to converse with souls from the other side. She is a spiritual leader Laura who teaches us how we can embrace our own intuitive abilities and transform how we see our world. In her inspirational memoir, THE LIGHT BETWEEN US, Jackson shares what she knows about the Universe and how it works to guide us to live in a more loving and meaningful way, right here, right now.

Mary Giuliani is a party and lifestyle expert and owner of Mary Giuliani Catering and Events, and the author of THE COCKTAIL PARTY: Eat Drink Play Recover. When the finest names in art, fashion and entertainment want to host a standout event, they call Mary. With her “simple yet special” approach to parties, Mary’s clients look to her to break entertaining norms and bring to life party ideas that are one of a kind, out of the box, playful experiences. With a knack for making the “ordinary extraordinary,” Mary has maintained a loyal client roster that includes JCrew, Vogue, The Rolling Stones, Bradley Cooper, Stella McCartney, Carolina Herrera, HBO, and many more. Mary has appeared on the Today show, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Good Morning America, Fox Morning News, and The Barefoot Contessa. In 2013 she partnered with Chef Mario Batali on a catering collaboration called MARIObyMary ( Mary splits her time between NYC’s Chelsea neighborhood and Woodstock, New York, with her husband Ryan and their two dogs Stanley and Hudson.

Drew Barrymore starred in E.T. at the age of six and has gone on to win critical acclaim and the hearts of fans for years in such movies as The Wedding Singer, Ever After, Charlie’s Angels and Grey Gardens, just to name a few. She is the co-founder of Flower Films, Flower Beauty, and Barrymore wines. She lives with her family in New York and Los Angeles. She is the author of  WILDFLOWER.