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CHICK LIT: Cosmopolitan, the magazine that recently introduced its readers to "75 Sex Tricks," tapped into its wordier side with its first annual Fun Fearless Fiction awards, held Wednesday evening at Hearst Tower. Authors including Alice Sebold, Jane Green and Amy Sedaris (who received an award despite the fact that her book, "I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence" is nonfiction) were asked not to give speeches and Sedaris took that suggestion to heart, saying, "I've had three drinks so I don't think I will say anything." Candace Bushnell, who hosted the event along with Carlos Watson, a host of NBC's "Conversations With Carlos," said one of her first jobs after moving to New York was at Hearst's Good Housekeeping. Bushnell joked her career got a jump start after working on an article about a tuna surprise. "I was like, I'm on my way!" Kate White, Cosmo's editor in chief, wasn't up for an award, but a paperback copy of her novel, "Over Her Dead Body," was included in the gift bags. Apparently the new one, "Lethally Blond," was too expensive in hardback. — Amy Wicks
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