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The economy may be tanking and it may have been tax day Tuesday, but there's nothing like Champagne and literary schmoozing to dull the pain.

DAYS OF OUR LIVES: At least Harvey Weinstein seems confident the whole debacle with Nina Garcia, Elle and "Project Runway" will be worked out soon. The co-producer of "Project Runway" said Tuesday night he was confident that somehow Garcia would return to judging duties on the fashion reality show. "I think we'll be able to work something out," he said after reading from Michael Lewis' "Liar's Poker" at the Accompanied Literary Society event (see above item). As reported — in what was easily one of the messiest attempted severances in some time — Garcia on Friday was fired from her job as fashion director and offered an at-large position at the magazine, which has a contractual relationship with "Project Runway" for the upcoming fifth season. Garcia has yet to decide if she will accept the demotion, which will, in turn, enable her to continue on the show. When asked if he was concerned about Garcia's conflict with Elle affecting her participation with the show, Weinstein said no. "We'll get her," he said, though he was not specific on whether Garcia would need to be an employee of Elle — at large or otherwise — to remain as a "Project Runway" judge. As of Wednesday, no official word has been given from Garcia, Elle or a Hachette Filipacchi Media spokesperson on Garcia's future at the title.

— Stephanie D. Smith

In the battle of the blue-eyed hunks, CNN's Anderson Cooper has won the day, earning more than four times what lunch with "30 Rock" star Alec Baldwin drew at a silent auction. The auction benefited Direct Effect, the AIDS research support program at Rockefeller University, which held a reception in honor of University trustee and Direct Effect co-founder Christopher Browne. Lunch with Baldwin, billed among his acting credits as "the eldest and most famous of the Baldwin brothers," went for $4,500. But one eager bidder paid $20,000 for a lunch with Cooper.

— S.D.S.

Wendy Mure, who was brand development director at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. until a January round of layoffs, has been named vice president of marketing at Food & Wine. She previously worked as a creative services executive at CondéNet and Rolling Stone, and will report to publisher Christina Grdovic.


— I.C.

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