Westport Public Library will host author Diana Abu-Jaber at noon Wednesday, Oct. 12, in the library's McManus Room, 20 Jesup Road.

Abu-Jaber will discuss her new novel, "Birds of Paradise," a story set in Miami about a family that comes apart and then together again after their 13-year-old daughter, Felice, runs away and isn't heard from for five years.

Abu-Jaber, a contributor to National Public Radio, teaches at Portland State University. Her first novel, "Arabian Jazz," won the 1994 Oregon Book Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. She is also the author of the memoir, "The Language of Baklava," and the novels "Origin" and "Crescent," which received the 2004 PEN Center USA Award for Literary Fiction and an American Book Award.

Books will be available for purchase and signing after Abu-Jaber's talk.

For information, call 203-291-4800 or visit www.westportlibrary.org.