Best-selling author Maggie Shipstead will discuss her latest novel, "Astonish Me," about the world of professional ballet, on Wednesday night, April 8, at the Westport Library.

Her talk is planned at 7 p.m. in the library's McManus Room and is free. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing, the library said.

National Public Radio called "Astonish Me" "flawless" and "transcendent," and the library called Shipstead "a book club favorite."

"Similar to classic ballet," NPR said, "the power of `Astonish Me' arises out of the pairing of a melodramatic storyline with scrupulously executed range of movement."

Shipstead's first novel, "Seating Arrangements," won the Dylan Thomas Award for first fiction and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction.

She is a graduate of Harvard University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and a former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Her writing has appeared in many publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, the New Republic, Tin Hous, and the Best American Short Stories. "La Moretta," a story published in VQR, was a National Magazine Award finalist.