Meet Mamle Wolo, Author of The Kaya Girl

Mamle Wolo, award-winning Ghanaian-German author, will visit the Hudson Area Library to share a live reading and discussion of her upcoming middle grade (ages 8 to 12) novel, The Kaya Girl. She will also have book plates to sign for those who want their copy of the book personalized once it is available to the public. To read more about Mamle and The Kaya Girl, see below.

Date/Time: Monday, April 11, 5-6pm

Location: In person at the Hudson Area Library Community Room

Registration: Registration is appreciated, but not required. To register, email or call 518-828-1792 x101

This program is presented in collaboration with the Hudson Little Free Libraries.


The Kaya Girl: In a bustling market in Ghana’s capital city, the lives of two very different girls collide. Neither of them will ever be the same.

Abena is spending her summer vacation working at her auntie’s shop in Makola market, a place she and her wealthy friends would typically never go. She would sooner be found at the mall. Faiza is a Muslim migrant worker from the north who makes her living in the market as a porter, carrying goods in a bowl balanced on her head.

When the two girls meet, they forge an unlikely and powerful friendship. So different in their experiences, each opens the door to an unseen world for the other – and is forever changed by what they discover.

Playing out against an eye-opening backdrop of wealth and poverty, the story of these two teenagers vibrates with unforgettable characters crossing the chasms of difference that divide us – and celebrating the deeper truths that bring the best of friends together.

Mamle Wolo is an award-winning Ghanaian-German author who studied at the University of Cambridge and Lancaster University in the UK and is an Honorary Fellow in Writing of the University of Iowa. She is a director of the Writers Project of Ghana. She writes fiction, poetry, and screenplays, and lives in Accra, Ghana.