Westport Public Library will host a talk by former Staples High School English teacher, photographer and writer Karl Decker at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, in the library's McManus Room, 20 Jesup Road.

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

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, call 203-291-4800 or visit westportlibrary.org.