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Country Bookshelf hosts an author event with Louisa Hall for “Speak” on Monday, Aug. 3, at 6 p.m.

“Speak” is a devastating exploration of humanity’s eternal struggle to communicate across the chasms that separate us, and a mesmerizing examination of the tenuous divide between man and machine.

A puritan girl travels to the New World with her unwanted husband, confiding all of her hopes and fears into a diary. Alan Turing, renowned mathematician and codebreaker, writes heartfelt correspondence to his best friend’s mother, divulging his determination to create a machine that mimics the human mind. A Jewish refugee and computer science professor struggles to reconnect with his increasingly distant wife. A former Silicon Valley wunderkind composes his memoir from behind bars. And a young girl, confined to her bedroom, exchanged messages with an artificially intelligent software program.

Though speaking from distinct places and moments in time, these five voices each yearn to express themselves and connect with the world around them, while simultaneously wondering if they will ever truly be heard.

Hall studies the genetics of psychiatric disorders at Albert Einstein hospital before deciding to pursue a degree in literature.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

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