Spring Open House


May 12, 2017 in New York, NY


Random House is home to the world’s most acclaimed storytellers, thought leaders, and innovators, and we are opening our doors once again to host our signature special event, Open House on Friday, May 12, 2017.

Our 11th Open House features authors Alan Alda, Jessica Seinfeld, Nancy Thayer, Sally Bedell Smith, Colum McCann, Susannah Meadows, Lynne Olson, Sarah Jio, Mandy Berman and Dr. Terry Wahls. We’re stuffing gift bags, stacking the on-site bookstore, and pouring Union Wine at the end-of-day reception.

Held three times per year, this all-inclusive experience brings together the biggest names in publishing for a full day of interactive author panels, book talks and a behind-the-books look at what’s new.

And be sure to look out for Summer Open House, tentatively scheduled for late July or early August!

Event Details

What was Included

  • Guaranteed 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)
  • Random House stadium cup
  • Coffee
  • Boxed lunch
  • Afternoon reception with wine and snacks

Date & Time

May 12, 2017
Check-in begins at 9:00AM; Programming begins at 10:00AM 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 from Union Wine Co.

Travel Details

Open House is held at Random House, located near Columbus Circle in Manhattan. The address for is -  
1745 Broadway (between 55th and 56th Streets), 
New York, NY 10019.

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

Guests Have Said

"We loved the day from start to finish, never looked at my watch once. "
"[Random House] is an industry leader in connecting with the reader. "
"The most professionally-run literary event I have attended. Loved it! "
"Random House does an awesome job and really makes the reader feel they have something to contribute to the process."

Featured Authors (In Order of Appearance)

Alan Alda, seven-time Emmy Award winner, played Hawkeye Pierce in the classic TV series M*A*S*H. He has appeared in continuing roles on ER, The West WingThe Blacklist, and Louis C.K.’s Horace and Pete. He has starred in, written, and directed many films, and was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in The Aviator. His interest in science led to his hosting the award-winning PBS series Scientific American Frontiers for eleven years. In 2014, he was named a fellow of the American Physical Society for his work in helping scientists improve their communications skills. He is a visiting professor at Stony Brook University’s Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science.

Mandy Berman is a writer from Nyack, New York. Perennials is her debut novel. She holds an MFA in fiction from Columbia University. She lives and writes in Brooklyn.

Sarah Jio is the #1 international, New York Times, and USA Today bestselling author of eight novels. She is also a longtime journalist who has contributed to Glamour, The New York Times, Redbook, Real Simple, O: The Oprah Magazine, Cooking Light, Woman’s Day, Marie Claire, Self, and many other outlets, including NPR’s Morning Edition, appearing as a commentator. Jio lives in Seattle with her three young boys.

Nancy Thayer is the New York Times bestselling author of Secrets in Summer, The Island House, The Guest Cottage, An Island Christmas, Nantucket Sisters, A Nantucket Christmas, Island Girls, Summer Breeze, Heat Wave, Beachcombers, Summer House, Moon Shell Beach, and The Hot Flash Club. She lives on Nantucket.

Susannah Meadows is a former senior writer for Newsweek. She has been a frequent contributor to The New York Times, most recently writing a column for the Arts section about books, along with reviews. The stories she’s covered include the 2004 presidential campaign, the aftermath of 9/11, Columbine, Hurricane Katrina, and the Duke lacrosse scandal. She has appeared on CBS This Morning, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, ESPN, Charlie Rose, and The Brian Lehrer Show.

Terry L. Wahls, M.D., is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City and is the author of The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine. She conducts clinical research studying the use of diet and lifestyle interventions in autoimmune and other chronic disease states. Her current clinical trial featuring the Wahls Paleo Diet received the support of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She has made it her mission to spread the word about The Wahls Protocol through her TEDx talk, her website (terrywahls.com), the Wahls Foundation, and Wahls Protocol Seminars. Dr. Wahls lives in Iowa City, Iowa, with her wife.

Colum McCann is the award-winning, internationally bestselling author of TransAtlantic, Let the Great World Spin, Zoli, Dancer, This Side of Brightness, and Songdogs, as well as three story collections. His work has been published in more than thirty languages. He currently teaches at the MFA program in Hunter College and lives in New York with his wife and three children.

Sally Bedell Smith is the author of bestselling biographies of Queen Elizabeth II; William S. Paley; Pamela Harriman; Diana, Princess of Wales; John and Jacqueline Kennedy; and Bill and Hillary Clinton. A contributing editor at Vanity Fair since 1996, she previously worked at Time and The New York Times, where she was a cultural news reporter.

Lynne Olson, former White House correspondent for The Baltimore Sun, is the author of the New York Times bestseller Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America’s Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941, the New York Times bestseller and New York Times Notable Book Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in its Darkest, Finest Hour, and Troublesome Young MenThe Rebels Who Brought Churchill to Power and Helped Save England.

Jessica Seinfeld is the author of three New York Times bestselling cookbooks: Deceptively Delicious, Double Delicious, and The Can’t Cook Book. She is the president and founder of the GOOD+ Foundation (formerly Baby Buggy), a nonprofit organization that has donated more than twenty million items to low-income families through their national network of more than one hundred antipoverty programs across the United States. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, comedian Jerry Seinfeld, and their three children, two dachshunds, and one cat.