Westport Public Library will host a talk by former Connecticut U.S. Rep. Bob Steele on his novel "The Curse: Big-Time Gambling's Seduction of a Small New England Town" on Monday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the library's McManus Room, 20 Jesup Road.

Steele tells the story from his vantage point of representing eastern Connecticut in Congress before the arrival of casinos Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun.

The novel begins in 1637 with the massacre of the Pequot Indians, and a curse delivered by a Pequot sachem to the young English soldier who is about to kill him. The story then jumps 350 years as the soldier's 13th-generation descendant becomes embroiled in a battle to stop a new Indian tribe from building a third casino that threatens his town and ancestral home.

Steele is vice chairman of an international retail marketing agency and has been a director of numerous companies. A graduate of Amherst College and Columbia University, he also served in the CIA and was a candidate for governor of Connecticut.

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

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