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The Girl with the Louding Voice, by Abi Dare, is a powerfully unforgettable story about Adunni, a 14-year-old Nigerian girl who wants nothing more than to go to school and become a teacher. Her mother encourages her to continue with her education and find not just her voice but her “louding voice”. Adunni’s life becomes hard and arduous after her mother’s death when her father, who is in need of money for himself and her brothers to survive, “sells” her to a much older man to be his third wife.
If you are a fan of The Time Traveler's Wife, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and/or The Two Lives of Lydia Bird you should give Oona Out of Order a try. (And if you haven't checked out any of the previously mentioned titles, you should!) The novel was published in the early
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Bonnie McLarty is an award-winning composer and collaborative pianist who writes "beautifully written, singable, and rewarding" music for many different instruments, voice types, and styles. She has had her work performed in Italy, Scandinavia, and across the United States. In this interview, Bonnie shares more about her creative process and how she goes about creating community through music.
Please introduce yourself and describe your music for new listeners.
Lucy Shirley is an accomplished composer and pianist currently pursuing a Master of Music in Composition at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory. Inspired as much by literature and poetry as it is by other music, her work is both humorous and adventurous. We are fortunate to share an interview with this emerging composer as she prepares for a busy summer of music festivals and more creativity. Enjoy.