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Judith Regan watch

She doesn’t live here yet (our sources say) but she’s starting to act like an Angeleno. The NYT reports that the winter 2006 ReganBooks catalog features a cover model. And who is this cover model? Why, it’s Judith Regan!

The winter 2006 catalog for ReganBooks features a cover illustration of a curvaceous brunette who bears more than a passing resemblance to Ms. Regan, wearing a white dress shirt and little else while stretched across a pile of books bearing titles published by ReganBooks.

And there’s more:

In that spirit, the fold-out cover of the new catalog also features “ripped from the headlines” clips about one of Ms. Regan’s favorite subjects: her impending move to Los Angeles.

In announcing the relocation in April, Ms. Regan spoke of her idea to create a sort of literary salon in Hollywood, where television and film executives would meet with authors over cappuccino while Ms. Regan conducted her radio talk show nearby.

One artist’s imaginings about just such a salon is the subject of the catalog’s inside cover, where Ms. Regan has reproduced an editorial cartoon by R. J. Matson that ran in The New York Observer. It shows a considerably more doughy Ms. Regan holding court with denizens of the steroids-and-silicone set.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m already brushing up on my literary salon chatter skills- reading the Cliff Notes to ‘A Million Little Pieces,’ practicing my pronunciation of ‘Jhumpa Lahiri’, etc.

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