Author Mark Hathaway will release an audio version of his book “World Locked In: Six Weeks in Coma and Beyond,” at an event from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at The Quarry Tap Room on Water Street in Hallowell.

Hathaway is expected to speak for 10 to 15 minutes about the writing process and his experiences with the book.

The book, released in print in 2013, details Hathaway’s struggle with viral encephalitis in the 1980s, which put him in a coma for six weeks, followed by six weeks with locked-in syndrome, meaning his mind was active and he could understand what others were saying and doing, but he couldn’t communicate with them or move.

A Gardiner native, Hathaway left the city at 14 to attend Phillips Exeter Academy, a private preparatory school in New Hampshire. He traveled as far as Nepal before returning to the United States to attend Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. Then he traveled to Southeast Asia, where he might have gotten the mosquito bite that changed his life.

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