Authors stage 'Defiance' to benefit Red Hook


The Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook was among the areas most devastated by Hurricane Sandy. On Wednesday, several high-profile writers will appear at an event to help the neighborhood on its long road to recovery.

The benefit at Littlefield, a performance space in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn, is titled “Defiance,” after Fort Defiance, a Revolutionary War redoubt in Red Hook. Kurt Andersen, the novelist and creator of the public radio program “Studio 360,” will host the event.

The authors scheduled to appear include Joseph O’Neill, Sam Lipsyte, Rivka Galchen, Phillip Lopate, Chuck Klosterman, Philip Gourevitch and Meghan O’Rourke. They will be reading from works about Red Hook and about recovery and rebuilding. The musicians Steve Earle and Stew will also perform.

Tickets are $50, and all of the proceeds will be divided between two nonprofit organizations, Red Hook Initiative and the newly formed Restore Red Hook. Tickets and more information are available at Littlefield’s Web site.