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Christina Hunger with Alexis Devine: How Stella Learned to Talk

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Join speech-language pathologist Christina Hunger, owner of beloved internet sensation Stella and the first person to teach a dog to “talk,” and Alexis Devine, who used the Hunger method to teach her dog and TikTok star Bunny how to “speak,” for a wide-ranging conversation to mark the release of Hunger’s wildly anticipated debut How Stella Learned to Talk.

Books purchased on this page will include a special signed bookplate from the author!

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  • Copies of How Stella Learned to Talk bought on this page will include a signed bookplate.
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In this exclusive event, hosted in collaboration with independent bookstores across the US, Hunger and Devine will discuss the incredible, revolutionary true story of how Hunger taught her dog Stella to talk, with tips & tricks anyone can use to communicate with their pets.

Christina Hunger is a speech-language pathologist and the first person to teach a dog to “talk” using augmentative communication. She is the founder of Hunger for Words, a movement dedicated to giving everyone who understands language the tools to communicate. Hunger has a graduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Northern Illinois University. She has professional expertise in using Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) to teach children with speech and language disorders to talk using communication devices. In May, Christina will launch the Hunger for Words Talking Pet Starter Set (developed in partnership with leading educational toy company Learning Resources), which includes four customizable buttons and a step-by-step teaching guide written by Christina Hunger. She lives with her husband, Jake, and of course, her dog, Stella.

Alexis Devine is an artist and small-business owner from Tacoma, Washington. Inspired by Christina Hunger’s work, she started her own journey using Augmented & Alternative Communication (AAC) with her new puppy, Bunny, and documenting their progress on social media. Now, they have almost 6 million fans following their journey. For Alexis, it’s as much about the science behind her work as the impact it has on their lives - her relationship with Bunny has grown so much deeper through the added level of communication. On TikTok and Instagram, she invites her audience to not just follow Bunny’s progress with the buttons, but to explore how it has enriched their life as they go on beautiful hikes in the mountains, explore the beaches by their house, and visit their neighbors. She hopes to use her platform to build positivity and raise awareness. Charitable causes she has advocated for include Communication First, a disability-led nonprofit advocating those who have difficulty speaking, and the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation, the leading nonprofit working to cure childhood cancer.

About Brookline Booksmith

We are one of New England’s premier independent bookstores, family-owned and locally run since 1961. We offer an extensive selection of new, used, and bargain books; unique, beautiful gifts; award-winning events series; and specialty foods. Every day, we strive to foster community through the written word, represent a diverse range of voices and histories, and inspire conversations that enrich our lives. Find more at brooklinebooksmith.com!

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