Westport Public Library and TEAM Westport, Westport's official committee on multiculturalism and diversity, will present a talk by history professor James Basker on Thursday, May 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the library's McManus Room, 20 Jesup Road.

Basker will discuss "American Antislavery Writings: Colonial Beginnings to Emancipation," a new book he edited that includes the anti-slavery views of writers such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Louisa May Alcott and Emily Dickinson.

The book was published for the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863, according to a news release.

Basker has published several books, including "Amazing Grace: An Anthology of Poems about Slavery 1660-1810" and "Early American Abolitionists: A Collection of Anti-Slavery Writings 1760-1820."

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

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