Westport Public Library will hold a talk by photographer, writer and former Staples High School English teacher Karl Decker at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, in the library's McManus Room, 20 Jesup Road.

He will discuss "The People of Townshend, Vermont," his documentary book of portraits and accompanying stories about small-town Vermonters. With a foreword by Vermont writer Nancy Levine, the book includes two articles by Decker about the project and his life as a photographer, according to a release.

Decker was a newspaper editor for five years and a Staples English teacher for 43 years. He studied at Maine Photographic Workshops and did an independent study funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities. He had a writing residency at the Vermont Studio Center and belongs to the American Society of Media Photographers, the release states.

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

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