Random House Postpones Open House to Mid-December

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Random House has postponed its open house event aimed at consumers and book influencers until Dec. 14, due to hurricane Sandy, a company spokesperson said through Twitter.

The event, in partnership with Huffington Post, was to be a series of literary panels, discussions around the upcoming election and a wine tasting. The sessions will be tweaked slightly due to the timing — wouldn’t do to have a session on the upcoming election over a week after it’s already happened.

Random House is partnering with the Huffington post and the event was supposed to feature Random House Publishing Group and Huffington post editors, as well as famous authors like Anna Quindlen and Kurt Anderson and other notables, like Self magazine editor Lucy Danziger. It’s unclear at this time whether the event on Dec. 14 will have the same lineup.

Attendees were to leave with a gift bag, following sessions and a wine tasting for the $25 ticket price. Those who had purchased tickets to the event and can not make the Dec. 14 date can get a refund by emailing pr@randomhouse.com.

Part of the point of the open house is to continue to build the Random House brand among consumers. Earlier this year, Random House released a series of videos explaining its business and the publishing process. With the rise of self-publishing and e-books, publishers are closer to consumers than ever — and some question what publishers do in a world where anyone can publish a book.

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  1. Hurricane Sandy might serve as a usable metaphor in some future literary digitality for what’s happened in the publishing world, a world where, in your words, “anyone can publish a book.”

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