Open House: Spring 2018

A Day of Discovery Back at the House!

April 20, 2018 in New York, NY

We are happy to welcome you back into Random House’s home office for an exciting day of book discovery and connection.

Hit refresh as Light Watkins walks you through “meditation without really trying”; reboot your Spring eating habits with former White House Chef and food entrepreneur, Sam Kass and his book, EAT A LITTLE BETTER; learn what you should be making in your pressure cooker, multi-cooker, or Instant Pot© with New York Times food reporter Melissa Clark; go Beyond the Kilt into the world of OUTLANDER (the book & TV show) with a special insider panel; find inspiration and gratitude from the lives of others during our new nonfiction panel featuring Ariel Levy, Allison Pataki, and Julia Pierpont. Plus discover your next reading binge brought to you by the authors on our fiction panel, Judy Blundell, Sally Franson, Elizabeth Church, and Jasmin Darznik.

Treat yourself to a day of self-care right where it all happens at Random House. Meet the authors, connect with other readers, enjoy wine and snacks at our end-of-the-day reception, maybe walk away with a raffle prize, and get a first look at some of the latest books that have our office buzzing!

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 16 at 9AM!


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)
  • Coffee
  • Boxed lunch
  • Afternoon reception with wine and snacks

Date & Time

April 20, 2018
Doors open 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.

Travel Details

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

Subway 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

Featured Authors (In Order of Appearance)

Light Watkins

© Olivia Katz

Light Watkins has been practicing and teaching in the meditation space since 1998. He travels the world giving talks on happiness, mindfulness, and meditation, as well as leading trainings and retreats. To date, Watkins has shared his knowledge with thousands through his live courses, books, and online trainings. He contributes to wellness blogs and writes a popular email newsletter called Light’s Daily Dose of Inspiration. Watkins’s TEDx talk has garnered hundreds of thousands of views, and he is the founder of The Shine Movement, a global movement with a mission to inspire.

Sam Kass

Sam Kass was senior policy advisor for nutrition policy in the Obama administration and is currently an advisor to several food technology start-ups. One of the former First Lady’s longest-serving advisors, Sam was the executive director of her Let’s Move initiative, and helped her create the first major vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago and was trained as a chef by one of Austria’s greatest chefs, Christian Domschitz in Vienna.

Melissa Clark

Melissa Clark is a staff writer for the New York Times dining section, where she writes their wildly popular food column “A Good Appetite.” The column receives 2 million unique visitors and 10 million pages views per month online, and Melissa stars in a complementary video series. The winner of James Beard and IACP awards, she is a regular on Today and NPR.

Ariel Levy

© David Klagsbrun

Ariel Levy joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 2008, and received the National Magazine Award for Essays and Criticism in 2014 for her piece “Thanksgiving in Mongolia.” She is the author of the book Female Chauvinist Pigs, and was a contributing editor at New York for twelve years.

Allison Pataki

Allison Pataki is the author of the bestselling novels Sisi, The Traitor’s Wife, and The Accidental Empress, as well as the co-author of Where the Light Falls, with her brother Owen Pataki, and two children’s books. Her novels have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Pataki and her husband, Dave Levy, are passionate about raising awareness of the difficulties of life after a stroke or traumatic brain injury. The daughter of former New York State governor George E. Pataki, Allison Pataki graduated cum laude from Yale University and lives in New York City with her family.

Julia Pierpont

© Shiva Rouhani

Julia Pierpont is the author of the New York Times bestseller Among the Ten Thousand Things, winner of the Prix Fitzgerald in France. She is a graduate of Barnard College and the MFA program at New York University. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, and Guernica. She lives and teaches in New York. Follow her on Instagram @thejuliapierpont.

Judy Blundell

© John Keon

Judy Blundell is a New York Times bestselling author. Her novel What I Saw and How I Lied won the 2008 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. The High Season is her first novel for adults. She lives on Long Island with her husband and daughter.

Sally Franson

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Sally Franson received her education at Barnard College and the University of Minnesota. She has received recognition from The MacDowell Colony, Glimmer Train, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Ucross Foundation, among others. She lives in Minneapolis.

Elizabeth Church

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Elizabeth J. Church is the author of The Atomic Weight of Love, which was a #1 Indie Next List selection and a Target Club Pick, and was shortlisted by the ABA Indies Choice Book Awards for adult debut book of the year and the Reading the West Book Awards for best adult fiction. All the Beautiful Girls is her second novel. Church lives in northern New Mexico.

Jasmin Darznik

© Penny Reiter

Jasmin Darznik was born in Tehran, Iran, and moved to America when she was five years old. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life. Her work has been published in thirteen countries and recognized by the Steinbeck Fellows Program, the Corporation of Yaddo, and the William Saroyan International Prize. Her stories and essays have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in fiction from Bennington College and a Ph.D. in English from Princeton University. Now a professor of literature and creative writing at California College of the Arts, she lives in Northern California with her family.