Posted by: Kathy Temean | October 21, 2012

Open House at Random House

November 2nd Random House: Open House brings together the biggest names in literature and publishing for a day-long event at Random House’s New York headquarters. This day of ideas on November 2 will include panels, discussions and sessions in the entertaining and enlightening way you could only expect from Random House. You’ll meet our editors and authors, and get access to upcoming titles before they’re in bookstores. We’ll top off the day with a wine tasting hosted by Banfi and a chance to mingle with your favorite authors.

If you’re interested in attending – and we hope you are! – we recommend getting your ticket early. Tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite, and include:

  • General admission for one to the Random Open House event on November 2 from 10AM – 5 PM at Random House, 1745 Broadway, New York, NY
  • Full day of programming
  • Coffee and breakfast
  • Lunch, highlighting fall’s most delicious cookbooks
  • Wine tasting hosted by Banfi

sonalities… plus the talented editors and designers behind your favorite books.

Friday, November 2

A full day of literary ideas and inspiration.

9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. | Check-in and Networking

After you’ve checked in, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy a complimentary copy of USA TODAY, shop our pop-up bookstore, or meet our authors and editors before the day’s events kickoff.

10:00 A.M. – 10:15 A.M. | Welcome to Random House

What goes on behind the scenes at one of the world’s largest publishing houses? You’ll find out during the course of the Open House. Director of Publicity Theresa Zoro gives you an overview of what you can expect from the day.

10:15 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. | Panel: The Making of a Bestseller

“Read this book and the ordinary world disappears,” said Stephen King after reading Justin Cronin’s bestselling novel, THE PASSAGE. With the second book in Cronin’s trilogy—THE TWELVE—hitting bookstores in October, the Ballantine publishing team behind these bestsellers provides an insider’s perspective on acquiring, editing, and publicizing blockbuster books. Moderated by the Huffington Post, this panel will include Executive Editor Mark Tavani, Marketing Director Kristin Fassler, Associate Director of Publicity David Moench, and Vice President of Digital Strategy Matt Schwartz.

11:00 A.M. – 11.15 A.M. | Break

Refreshments will be available.

11:15 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. | Panel: Chef’s Special

Red Rooster chef Marcus Samuelsson talks with his editor Andy Ward about the process of translating his incredible life – and his love of food – to the page in his New York Times bestselling memoir, YES, CHEF. Huffington Post Food Editor Carey Polis will moderate.

12:00 P.M. – 1.00 P.M. | Lunch

A lunch menu inspired by our favorite cookbooks.

Lunchtime Discussion | Panel: Books as Gifts

What are you reading? Whether at a cocktail party or a family reunion, it’s the question publishing employees get asked most often. With the holiday season around the corner, Michael Kindness and Ann Kingman—Random House sales representatives and co-founders of the popular Books on the Nightstand blog and podcast—join book reviewer Bethanne Patrick (the creator of #FridayReads) to offer advice on the best books to give to friends and family as gifts. Moderated by Huffington Post, expect a fun and interactive lunchtime discussion about what people have been reading and recommending to others.

1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M. | In Conversation with Anna Quindlen

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author Anna Quindlen sits down with her longtime editor Kate Medina, Random House’s Associate Publisher and Executive Editorial Director, to discuss their unique publishing relationship that has spanned more than a dozen books, and to answer your questions.

2:00 P.M. – 2:45 P.M. | The Social Diet

Inspired by all of the runners participating in the ING New York City Marathon on November 4? We are too. On the eve of marathon weekend, SELF magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Lucy Danziger (a marathon runner and Ironman triathlete in her own right!) will give a special presentation on how to diet and exercise without sacrificing any of the fun stuff—happy hours, brunch dates, birthday dinners—and reveal the 30 amazing and tasty superfoods with naturally fat-resistant powers that SELF’s editors and experts identified in their bestselling book, THE DROP 10 DIET. Want to lose (10, 20 or even more?) with friends, or even just learn to eat healthier? SELF is here to help.

2:45 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. | Break sponsored by popchips

We believe that there are few publishing woes a good snack won’t cure, which is why we reach for healthy snacks like popchips again and again at our office. (We also believe you’re allowed to eat the whole bag.)

3:00 P.M. – 3:45 P.M. | Election 2012

Tom Brokaw and Kurt Andersen discuss politics in America as we head into Election Day.

4:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Banfi Wine Tasting

Banfi Vintners, America’s pre-eminent name in fine imported wines since 1919, will offer a tasting of their world-class wines for every taste and budget.

All Day

Shop our pop-up bookstore, mingle with your favorite authors, and explore our e-reader suite where you can test out the latest reading devices.

Talk tomorrow,


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