Open House

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April 29, 2016 in New York, NY

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.

Event Details

What was Included

  • Full day of programming
  • Book signings
  • Early finished copies of books
  • Coffee and light breakfast
  • Boxed lunch
  • Afternoon reception, featuring wine and seasonal snacks and sweets
  • A behind-the-scenes look at publishing at Random House
  • Random House canvas tote bag filled with books and gifts

Date & Time

April 29, 2016
9:00am to 5:00 pm


New York, NY

Random House, 1745 Broadway
New York, NY 10019


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Open House Programming

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 – 10:30 AM


Questlove is many things: co-founder of the Grammy award-winning hip hop band The Roots, bandleader for Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show, virtuoso drummer, DJ, composer, tireless Tweeter, and bestselling author. He is a cultural tastemaker with a wide-ranging mind whose interests span from music to politics to race to design. In somethingtofoodabout, Questlove applies his boundless curiosity to the world of food through a collection of essays and conversations with inspiring chefs about art, craft, creativity, and deliciousness. During this opening session, Questlove discusses how these chefs keep creativity at the forefront in their craft with his co-writer, Ben Greenman. A copy of somethingtofoodabout is included in your Open House gift bag. Book signing to follow.


10:45 AM – 11:15 AM

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.


11:30 AM – 12:00 PM 

Apocalypse Wow: A Conversation with Justin Cronin and Pierce Brown

Some of our favorite books are part of series (we’re looking at you, Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, Outlander) – and it’s no coincidence, since book series allow us more pages with characters we love and complicated story lines we want more time to unravel. Join New York Times bestselling authors Justin Cronin (The Passage Trilogy) and Pierce Brown (The Red Rising Series) as they talk with Entertainment Weekly editor Tina Jordan about how they map out their complicated worlds, grapple with fan expectations, and build relationships with characters over thousands of pages. Book signings to follow; you will receive a copy of THE PASSAGE in your Open House gift bag. Copies of the Red Rising Series are available for purchase in the book store.


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)

Join the online book community! Learn the basics of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram in our Social Media crash course, led by Random House’s social media manager.

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 and Boylan Bottling

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, and Leigh Marchant, VP Director of Marketing, 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 bestselling 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. Join her in conversation with New York Times bestselling author Lee Woodruff as they discuss Anna’s new novel, MILLER’S VALLEY, 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

Cocktail Party!

Mix and mingle with Random House staff and guests at our popular end-of-the-day reception.


Travel Details

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.

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

Guests Have Said

"This was an opportunity to do something for me. I love reading...and it was great to meet some of the people that bring intrigue and happiness into my life. "
"The whole day from start to finish was well executed, engaging, and inspiring. "
"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)

Questlove is the Musical Director for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, a 4-time GRAMMY Award winning musician and author of two books including the New York Times bestseller Mo’ Meta Blues and Soul Train: The Music, Dance and Style of a Generation. Having first made his way into the culinary world with his signature “Love’s Drumstick,” Questlove’s interest in food and his own culinary endeavors have been featured on the cover of New York Magazine, in Food & Wine Magazine, Bon Appetit, and seen on The View, Watch What Happens Live, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He is a Celebrity Ambassador for Food Bank for New York City, is on the City Harvest Food Council, a board member of Edible Schoolyard, and the first Artist-in-Residence at the Made in NY Media Center.

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, 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.

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.

Pierce Brown is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Red Rising, Golden Son, and Morning Star. Dubbed by BuzzFeed as “fiction’s next superstar,” Brown’s Red Rising series debuted in January 2014, and quickly earned praise from a wide range of outlets. Entertainment Weekly said it was “one heart-pounding ride,” and USA Today called it “top-notch.” The author won the 2014 Goodreads Choice Award for best debut and Red Rising was a LibraryReads top pick. The second book in the series, Golden Son, won the 2015 Goodreads Choice Award for best science fiction novel. Booklist called it a “wholly original, completely thrilling saga,” while and Entertainment Weekly both compared the series to Star Wars. The third book, Morning Star, hit the #1 spot on both the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. Thus far, the Red Rising series has been sold into 32 foreign languages and film rights have been optioned by Universal Pictures. Pierce Brown lives in Los Angeles, where he is at work on his next novel, Iron Gold.

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 OneStill 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.

Lee Woodruff,  co-author of the bestselling In an Instant, garnered critical acclaim for the compelling and humorous chronicle of her family’s journey to recovery following her husband Bob’s roadside bomb injury in Iraq. Woodruff has been a contributing reporter for “CBS This Morning” and “Good Morning America.”  Her bestselling book “Perfectly Imperfect – A Life in Progress,” was followed by her first novel “Those We Love Most,” which became a New York Times best-seller and won the Washington Irving Book Award for fiction. A freelance writer, Woodruff has penned numerous magazine articles about her family and parenting. At present, Woodruff lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband and four children.