Westport Public Library will host a talk by authors Karl Meyer and Shareen Brysac on their book "Pax Ethnica, Where and How Diversity Succeeds" 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 7, in the library's McManus Room, 20 Jesup Road.

The authors undertook a two-year exploration of places in the world known for civility with minimal violence, rising life-expectancy, high literacy and pragmatic compromises on cultural rights, according to a library news release. They explored the Indian state of Kerala, the Russian republic of Tatarstan, the French city of Marseille, the German city of Flensburg and the borough of Queens in New York.

Meyer served on The New York Times editorial board and previously was a foreign correspondent and editorial writer for The Washington Post. He has been the McGraw Professor of Writing at Princeton University and has taught at Yale University and Tufts University's Fletcher School. He is author of a dozen books and is emeritus editor of the World Policy Journal.

Brysac was a prize-winning documentary producer for CBS News and author of "Resisting Hitler: Mildred Fish Harnack and the Red Orchestra."

Together they wrote "Tournament of Shadows" and "Kingmakers: The Invention of the Modern Middle East."

The event, co-sponsored with Team Westport. is free and open to the public, and books will be available for purchase and signing.

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