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Cuesta Library Virtual Book Club: Words of Change: March 2023: The Girl with the Louding Voice

Cuesta Library Virtual Book Club: Words of Change


We're excited to host a discussion of The Girl with the Louding Voice. Everyone is welcome! Join the discussion Thursday, March 9th from 1:00 - 2:30 pm on Zoom at

Virtual Book Club Spring 2023

About Nigeria

With an area roughly twice the size of California, Nigeria has the 6th largest population in the world, approximately 225 million.  Sixteen million of those live in Lagos.  60% of the population is under age 25; the median age is 18.6 years.  Life expectancy is 61.3 years.  43% of women are married by age 18.  Literacy rates: 71.3 % for males, 52.7% for females.    -The World Fact Book  


Photographs of Nigeria from Getty Images



Meet the Author

Abi Daré | Penguin Random House

Abi Daré, the author of The Girl with the Louding Voice, grew up in Lagos, Nigeria and went on to study law at the University of Wolverhampton and has an MSc in International Project Management from Glasgow Caledonian University as well as an MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, University of London. Abi lives in Essex, UK with her husband and two daughters, who inspired her to write her debut novel.

Watch/Listen to the Author

Abi Dare on world building  (24 minutes)

   Creating a sense of place through the voice of the character.

Read the Book

Print and audio versions are available from SLO County Library and Paso Robles City Library

About the Book

In an interview with Penguin Random House, Daré explained that for Adunni, having “a louding voice” means to refuse to be silenced by society; to have the desire to go for everything good and everything positive that can come her way.

Inside the Book: Abi Dare