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POLL: Who Is Friday’s Most Adorable GalleyCat?

Another morning full of cat photos, and another round of voting for your favorite—remember, the most popular cat from today’s roster will take on the winner from yesterday’s batch sometime next week, and the winner of that poll will receive copies of An Infamous Army and two other novels by NPR-endorsed romance novelist Georgette Heyer. Once again, I’ll keep the polls open until 12:01 a.m. (Eastern) Monday morning, so everybody has time to send all their friends the URL and beg them to vote, and then either Monday or Tuesday, depending on when I’m able to get myself to an Internet connection, I’ll set up a poll for the two finalists.

My favorite cat is…
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As with the last round, I’ve collated all today’s pictures in the full body of this post, to help make your (entire family’s) voting easier.

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POLL: Who Is Thursday’s Most Adorable GalleyCat?

Now that you’ve seen this morning’s cats, you get to vote on the cutest—and the owner of that cat will be eligible to win copies of An Infamous Army and two other novels by NPR-endorsed romance novelist Georgette Heyer. You sent in enough pictures that we’ll have another round of voting tomorrow, and then the two winners can square off against each other early next week. I’ll keep the polls open until 12:01 a.m. (Eastern) Monday morning, so everybody has time to send all their friends the URL and beg them to vote, and then either Monday or Tuesday, depending on when I’m able to get myself to an Internet connection, the two finalists can go head-to-head. Sound good?

Oh, and I’ve recapitulated all the pictures at the bottom of this post for your convenience, too.

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The Telegraph’s Top 50 Books of All Time

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The Telegraph just published the results of a poll conducted by Play.com on the “Top 50 Books of All Time.” The bulk of the list is not surprising, although Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code shows up at #5.

The Telegraph goes on to report that “The research also found that the average Briton buys at least one new book a month,” whereas the average American buy less than 10 books a year according to a report by Zogby International (that is if I interpret their data correctly).

Here’s the top 10 from the Telegraph

1. To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee

2. Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien

3. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S Lewis

4. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

5. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

6. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

7. Animal Farm – George Orwell

8. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

9. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – JK Rowling

10. Lord of the Flies – William Golding

Will Matt Hilliard be Crowned ‘Hottest Guy of Book Publishing 2008′?

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Gawker is running their annual poll: “Vote for the Hottest Guy of Book Publishing 2008.” Since the poll started a little over an hour ago, Matt Hilliard from Penguin has taken the lead with 209 votes, almost 3 times as many as his competition. Could he be using his sales coordinating powers to up his ante? Literary agent Luke Janklow was last year’s winner.

This should prove an entertaining diversion for the next few days.

POLL: What’s the Best Part of BookExpo?

It’s FishbowlLA correspondent Tina Dupuy‘s first BookExpo America, and she wants advice on what to look forward to this weekend:

What is the best thing about Book Expo America 2008 this weekend?
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Personally, I vote for the $5 hot dogs, washed down with a $3 soft drink.

Help Caption A NSFW New Yorker-Style Cartoon

Twelve Books wondered if we might be interested in running an uncaptioned Julia Suits cartoon that had been on display at the launch party for Sex & Sensibility, a collection of cartoons on love and sex by women cartoonists at The New Yorker, earlier this week, along with some of the one-liners that the guests had come up with. After a bit of back-and-forth, I said, sure, let’s see the five best captions from the night, and then I’ll let GalleyCat readers decide which of them is funniest—after which, I’m told, the person who came up with it will receive a signed, original print of the cartoon.

sex-and-sensibility-partial.jpgThere’s just one thing: The cartoon is NSFW—in an innocuous New Yorker cartoon sort of way, admittedly, but still. Here’s a peek; click through if you want to see the full cartoon and vote on the captions. The poll will remain open until 12:01 AM Monday morning, and I’ll report on the winner sometime after that.

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Regan vs. HarperCollins et al: Cast Your Vote!

As coverage of the lawsuit continues, NYT book specialist Motoko Rich moves past the Giuliani-supporting conspiracy of Russ Buettner‘s account, focusing instead on the bitter rivalry between Regan and Friedman, and Regan’s allegations that Friedman, as stated in the complaint, “was responsible for the instigation and encouragement of a hostile work environment.”

In other New York coverage, Page Six makes sure to remind its readers that Regan is a “onetime National Enquirer reporter,” and “litigious,” which might make you think about Regan’s claims that News Corp. used the Post to smear her. On the other hand, the suit forces the column to acknowledge for the first time in recent memory that News Corp. owns both the Post and HarperCollins, so there’s that to be thankful for. And there’s nothing memorable in the Daily News account, but there’s the link for the sake of thoroughness.

J.K. Rowling: Dumbledore Was Gay

AP book man Hillel Italie went to J.K. Rowling‘s reading at Carnegie Hall Friday, and did he ever come back with a story: Albus Dumbledore was gay, Rowling told one young fan who wanted to know if the Hogwarts headmaster had ever found true love. Apparently Rita Skeeter missed the real scoop about the young Dumbledore’s friendship with Grindelwald, as recounted in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I have to confess that it slipped right by me, too, but then I had a hard time seeing anything past all the hamhanded parallels to Voldemort’s reign of terror and the Third Reich, not to mention all the messianic imagery around Harry. How about you?

At least Rowling has a realistic view of how this is going to play out: After acknowledging that Christian fundamentalists aren’t going to like this any better than all the witchcraft, she said, “Oh, my God… the fan fiction.” While most of the world, or that segment of it willing to talk to reporters, views all this hoopla as a tremendous advance for human rights, there’s also SFScope‘s uncelebratory editorial—”So what?“—and Pretty, Fizzy Paradise‘s unenthusiastic shrug—”what would have been admirable is to have it confirmed in the books.” On the other hand, Italie spent the weekend looking for the corroborating Deathly Hallows passages, finding a bit of subtext in certain descriptions of Dumbledore’s attitude towards his “best friend.”

POLL: Is It a Shame About Ray?

Motoko Rich writes in today’s NYT arts section about the controversy over Raymond Carver‘s earliest short stories, which were heavily edited by Gordon Lish before Knopf published them as What We Talk About When We Talk About Love in 1981—with Carver’s widow, Tess Gallagher, now pressing for a published edition of the stories the way he wrote them. “I just think it’s so important for Ray’s book, which has been a kind of secret, to appear,” Gallagher tells Rich, although “I would never want to take What We Talk About out of publication.” (Based on what I imagine it continues to sell in paperback, I wouldn’t either if I were her.)

Gawker sees this as an interesting case of authorial intent vs. editorial expertise, while Vulture says it’s time to let the stories out: “Everyone who cares about this already has an opinion about what Gordon Lish did to Carver’s stories,” their blogger writes. “Wouldn’t it be better if those opinions were based on something besides conjecture?” What do you think?

Yet Another Book Trailer Big Battle!

This week: Wacky Renaissance comedy that breaks the fourth wall, a Da Vinci Code chaser, and avant-garde filmmaking with Latin subtitles!

Leonardo’s Shadow, Christopher Grey:

Tree of Life, Chris Loveway

Let’s Pretend We Never Met, Nathaniel G. Moore:

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