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Radio host Kut Andersen will host the benefit, to be held Wednesday at the Littlefield performance venue in Brooklyn. Readers will include Sam Lipsyte, Joseph O'Neill, Rivka Galchen, Chuck Klosterman, Philip Gourevitch, Phillip Lopate and Meghan O'Rourke. They'll be reading stories of Red Hook, resilience and other subjects that are thematically appropriate.
The evening will have music too: from Steve Earle, who is not just a musician but also a novelist, and from Stew, whom New York knows as the Tony-award winning writer of "Passing Strange" and (parts of) Los Angeles remember from his band The Negro Problem.
The Defiance Literary Benefit is named for Fort Defiance, which loomed over the neighborhood during the Revolutionary War. There is also a Ft. Defiance Cafe and Bar in Red Hook, but it is closed for repairs after being damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
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