The Westport Public Library will host a talk by author Cathryn Prince on her new book, "Death in the Baltic: The World War II Sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff," on Monday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the library's McManus Room, 20 Jesup Road.

Prince's book tells the true story of more than 9,000 German civilians drowning in the freezing waters of the Baltic Sea toward the end of the war after the former cruise ship was sunk by Russian torpedos, according to a news release. It contains interviews with survivors and letters and diaries of those who died.

Prince is the author of "A Professor, a President, and a Meteor: The Birth of American Science," for which she won the Connecticut Press Club's 2011 Book Award for nonfiction. She also is the author of "Burn the Town and Sack the Banks: Confederates Attack Vermont!" and "Shot from the Sky: American POWs in Switzerland."

She worked as a correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor in Switzerland and in New York, where she covered the United Nations. Prince works as a freelance journalist.

Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event, which is free.

For information, call 203-291-4800 or visit