Last night GalleyCat braved the muggy July weather for the launch party for Granta 107 at the cozy Manhattan bookstore, Three Lives & Co..

We spotted a couple review copies of Thomas Pynchon‘s “Inherent Vice” floating around the party, and even struck up a conversation with Salman Rushdie about the reclusive author. It reminded us of the NY Observer‘s feature about 2009′s “status galleys”–measuring how much credibility an advance reading copy of a hot book can lend to the regular reader.

Inspired, this GalleyCat editor interviewed some of the writers and editors at the party about their favorite status galley–including video answers from John Wray (author of Lowboy), Matthew Aaron Goodman (author of “Hold Love Strong“), and John Freeman, Granta’s acting editor.