Who will be on hand for our Open House? National bestselling authors, a beloved columnist, television personalities… plus the talented editors and designers behind your favorite books.
Friday, December 14
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 Manager Quinne Rogers, 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
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. | Current Affairs
Kurt Andersen, Charles Duhigg, and Emily Bazelon discuss current affairs and answer your questions during this lively conversation.
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.
Shop our pop-up bookstore hosted by WORD Bookstore, mingle with your favorite authors, and explore our e-reader suite where you can test out the latest reading devices.