Uptown at an Upper West Side apartment, Maggie Betts hosted an educational evening: a dinner benefiting the PEN American Center in honor of Sean Wilsey and the essay collection he co-edited, “State by State: A Portrait of America.”

After listening to Wilsey’s tale of giving his entire book advance to President Obama’s campaign, guests had copies signed by the author and his fellow contributors, including his wife, Daphne Beal, Ellery Washington, Paul Greenberg, Creshida Leyshon and Heidi Julavits.

This story first appeared in the February 14, 2009 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

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