Its that time of year again, when the holiday season brings an altruistic spirit to the New York City charity circuit. Sunday night at The Half King Pub was just that. Pen Edmont’s Foundation Co., founded by Georgia Tapert of Georgia Tapert Living and fashion’s very own Stephanie LaCava, brought fashion darlings and writers together for a bountiful cause . Famed writer Paul Auster and novelist Siri Hustvedt’s resided in the front as their daughter, songstress Sophie Auster lent her vocals to a house full of support.


Sophie Auster (photo by Phillip C Kim)

Steve Isenberg, Stephanie LaCava, Georgia Tapert, Sebastian Junger (photo by David X Prutting for PMc)

It-Girl Becka Diamond was decked out in Thakoon, and accompanied by stylist extraordinaire Keegan Signh, who was dressed to the nines. We  engaged in conversations about authors like Brett Easton Ellis and Jay Mcinerny, and it was fantastic to see major magazine editors, such as Nylon Mag’s vivacious Faran Krentcil, present at a function that advocates tomorrow’s literary hopefuls.

Faran Krentcil and Kristen May Lee (photo by Phillip C Kim)

Nylon TV Host Becka Diamond in Thakoon (photo by Phillip C Kim)

The beautiful Lesley Blume won many gazes with a dashing red fedora, a fitting choice for the poetic scene. Photographer Charlotte Kidd was present with supermodel Lily Kwong by  her side, attentively admiring poems by Jacqueline Jones LaMon as she recited them on stage.  Luxurious lingerie designer Marissa Montgomery attended, crowned with a stunning Sworavski crystal headband by designer Jennifer Behr.  Fashion illustrator Blue Logan took time away from his sketchbook for the night, stopping by quickly to show support.

Lesley Blume (photo by Phillip C Kim)

Marissa Montgomery and friend

A healthy fifteen thousand dollars was raised. Proceeds from the event will go to support Readers and Writers, Pen American Center’s literary arts enrichment program for New York City public high school students. The Pen Edmont event was an extravagant affair provided by excellent editors and artists that will help provide amazing opportunities for tomorrow’s hopefuls in their place.