The Westport Public Library will host a talk by author David Rothenberg on his book "Survival of the Beautiful: Art, Science, and Evolution" 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the library's McManus Room, 20 Jesup Road.

Taking inspiration from Charles Darwin's observation that birds have a natural aesthetic sense, Rothenberg dives into the mysteries of why we create art and why animals -- humans included -- have an innate appreciation for beauty.

Rothenberg is professor of philosophy and music at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and the author of several books, including "Thousand Mile Song" and "Why Birds Sing."

The talk is free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

For information, phone 203-291-4800, or check the library web site www.westportlibrary.org.