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Scene Last Night: Ondaatje, Siddhartha Mukherjee, Jhumpa Lahiri

Writer Barbara Goldsmith sent a chill through the Hall of Ocean Life last night.

Speaking to 550 guests gathered at the American Museum of Natural History for the PEN American Center gala, Goldsmith read a letter reporting on human-rights lawyer and writer Nasrin Sotoudeh, who is in prison in Iran and was given PEN’s Freedom to Write Award.