Open House is a unique semi-annual event that brings together the biggest names in publishing 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.
Random House, 1745 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
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 – 10:45 AM
Speaker To Be Announced
10:45 AM – 11:15 AM
Apocalypse Wow: A Conversation with Justin Cronin
Ten years ago, Justin Cronin was dared by his then eight-year-old daughter to write a book about “a girl who saves the world.” The result was the runaway bestseller THE PASSAGE, which spent three months on the New York Times bestseller list and captivated readers of all genres and ages (including Stephen King). Join Justin as he talks with Entertainment Weekly editor Tina Jordan about the final book in The Passage trilogy, THE CITY OF MIRRORS, (on sale May 26), and his plans for the future as he brings this series to a close. Book signing to follow; a copy of THE PASSAGE is in your Open House gift bag.
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History
What do a socialite, an artist and a schoolteacher have in common? In the case of our spring list: tantalizing stories of betrayal and survival, love and marriage, sacrifice and triumph. Join bestselling authors Melanie Benjamin (THE SWANS OF FIFTH AVENUE), Dawn Tripp (GEORGIA: A Novel of Georgia O’Keeffe) and Helen Simonson (THE SUMMER BEFORE THE WAR) in conversation with Carol Fitzgerald as they discuss how their research helped them bring unforgettable heroines to life on the pages of their latest novels. Book signings to follow; books available for purchase.
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Boxed lunch included with your ticket.
Coloring Book Workshop (Optional)
Join in on the coloring book craze and see what all the buzz is about!
Social Media Workshop (Optional)
Looking to boost your online presence? Learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram in our Social Media crash course, led by Random House’s social media managers Sophie and Danielle.
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Judging a Book by Its Cover
Ever wonder how a book cover goes from the drawing board to your favorite bookstore’s shelves? Join our art directors Greg Mollica and Joe Perez as they talk about the best and worst ideas they’ve had, how the process begins, and how they feel about the jacket being the first impression a reader has of a book. Be sure to take a look at the Random House Art Department’s Tumblr for a peek at current and past projects.
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
The World of Debbie Macomber
Curling up with one of Debbie Macomber’s novels feels like talking with a good friend about the highs and lows of life. Her heartwarming and inspiring stories have captivated readers time and time again and have made Debbie a #1 New York Times bestselling author, with over 170 million copies of her books in print. Join Debbie as she discusses her latest novel, A GIRL’S GUIDE TO MOVING ON, a powerful story of forging a new path and fearlessly finding happiness. Book signing to follow; A GIRL’S GUIDE TO MOVING ON is included in the Open House gift bag.
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Snack Break with Deep River Snacks
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
The Making of an Instant Bestseller
For Random House VP Editor in Chief Andy Ward, doing the last of the work on WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR with Paul Kalanithi’s widow, Lucy, was as heartbreaking and fulfilling as anything he has done. Sally Marvin, SVP Director of Publicity joins Andy to talk about how this posthumously published memoir called “important enough to be unmissable” (New York Times) landed at number one on the New York Times bestseller list – and why they hope that readers will continue to share Paul’s book for years to come.
3:15 PM – 4:00 PM
Anna Quindlen on Writing and Real Life
Anna Quindlen is a household name beloved for her New York Times best-selling books which include eight novels and eight works of nonfiction. She writes brilliantly about the lives of women and what truly matters to them, illuminating insights from all stages of life for her readers. With her newest novel, MILLER’S VALLEY, Anna gives us the story of Mimi Miller, a young woman coming of age who unearths surprising secrets about her family—and herself. Book signing to follow; books available for purchase.
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Mix and mingle with Random House staff and guests at our popular end-of-the-day reception.
Open House is held at Random House, located near Columbus Circle in Manhattan. The address for Random House is 1745 Broadway between 55th and 56th Street, New York, NY 10019.
Subway A, C, E, 1, 2, 3, N, Q, R to 7th Avenue – 57th Street ; B, D, E to 7th Avenue – 53rd Street; 1, A, B, C, D to 59th Street – Columbus Circle
Justin Cronin is the New York Times bestselling author of The Passage, The Twelve, Mary and O’Neil (which won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Stephen Crane Prize), and The Summer Guest. Other honors for his writing include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Whiting Writers’ Award. A Distinguished Faculty Fellow at Rice University, he divides his time between Houston, Texas, and Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Melanie Benjamin is the New York Times bestselling author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue, The Aviator’s Wife, The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb, and Alice I Have Been. Benjamin lives in Chicago, where she is at work on her next historical novel.
Helen Simonson was born in England and spent her teenage years in a small village near Rye, East Sussex. A graduate of the London School of Economics, she has spent the last three decades in the United States and currently lives in Brooklyn. She is married, with two grown sons. Her debut novel Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, was a New York Times bestseller and was translated and published in twenty-one countries. The Summer Before the War is her second novel.
Dawn Tripp, winner of the Massachusetts Book Award for fiction, is the author of the novels Georgia, Moon Tide, The Season of Open Water, and Game of Secrets, a Boston Globe bestseller. Her essays have appeared in The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Believer, The Rumpus, Psychology Today, and NPR. She graduated from Harvard and lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two sons.
Debbie Macomber, the author of Last One Home, Silver Linings, Love Letters, Mr. Miracle, Blossom Street Brides, and Rose Harbor in Bloom, is a leading voice in women’s fiction. Nine of her novels have reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller lists, and three of her beloved Christmas novels have been hit movies on the Hallmark Channel, including Mrs. Miracle and Mr. Miracle. Hallmark Channel also produced the original series Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove, based on her Cedar Cove books.
Anna Quindlen is a novelist and journalist whose work has appeared on fiction, nonfiction, and self-help bestseller lists. She is the author of eight novels: Object Lessons, One True Thing, Black and Blue, Blessings, Rise and Shine, Every Last One, Still Life with Bread Crumbs, and Miller’s Valley. Her memoir Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, published in 2012, was a number one New York Times bestseller. Her book A Short Guide to a Happy Life has sold more than a million copies. While a columnist at The New York Times she won the Pulitzer Prize and published two collections, Living Out Loud and Thinking Out Loud. Her Newsweek columns were collected in Loud and Clear.