The Evanston Public Library will host a reading from "River of Blood: American Slavery from the People Who Lived It," edited by Richard Cahan and Michael Williams, at 7 p.m. on Feb. 12 in the Main Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.

After the reading, there will be a presentation and discussion on the narratives of formerly enslaved African Americans. Actress Celeste Williams will perform the reading. Presenters are Dino Robinson, founder of Shorefront, which documents the history of the North Shore Black community, who is hosting the event; and Adam Green, a history professor at the University of Chicago and author of “Selling the Race: Culture and Community in Black Chicago.”

Mssrs. Cahan and Williams have written more than a dozen award-winning books including “Aftershock: The Human Toll of War” and “Revolution in Black and White: Photographs of the Civil Rights Era by Ernest C. Withers.” They own CityFiles Press.

Registration is recommended at https://evanston.libnet.info/event/3863943