Book Club: Black Ink Festival announces line-up, extends deadline

Free virtual festival in January to amplify black authors.
This is the cover photo for the Black Ink Festival happening in Charleston SC.


By Robin Gibson


Registration for featured authors of the festival is still open and the deadline has been extended to Jan. 4th.


Black Ink: A Charleston African American Book Festivalhas released the program line up for the free virtual festival taking place Jan. 14-16, 2021 that will focus on amplifying the voices of black authors. Theprogramsfor authors and readers include panels and workshops that feature authors, publishing professionals, librarians and more.


Topics include marketing your writing project, a self-publishing workshop, a discussion on advocating for black voices, a panel on influencer marketing featuring Instagram Influencer Jeanell Marvin, and a discussion on how calls for diversity are changing the publishing landscape by New York Times bestselling authorKiley Reidand Executive Director ofWe Need Diverse Books,Nicole Johnson. 


      This is the cover of the book Tristan Strong by Kwame Mbalia.


The festival will also host New York Times bestselling authorKwame Mbaliaas its keynote speaker. Mbalia is a middle-grade writer who authored the novel Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky. His sequel, Tristan Strong Destroys the World, was published in October byRick Riordan Presents/Disney-Hyperion. He is a graduate ofHoward Universityand currently resides in North Carolina with his wife and children. Previous keynote speakers of the festival include Nikki Giovanni, Terry McMillan, Kwame Alexander and Marcus Amaker. 


For the full program list, 


In its fifth year, the annual event will feature dozens of African American authors mostly from the Lowcountry and surrounding areas. It will also host workshops for authors and programs for readers throughout the three-day virtual event, which is free for the public. 


Registration for featured authors of the festival isstill openand has been extended to Jan. 4th. While the event will be virtual, there are still ample opportunities for readers to connect with authors. Registered authors will be hosted on the event’s virtual platform so that attendees can speak to authors, receive exposure on Black Ink’s social media and digital platforms, have the opportunity to network with other authors in online groups and more.


Registrationis $75 per author. 


For more information about Black Ink, which is hosted by theCharleston Friends of the Libraryin partnership with Charleston County Public Library, 


This is the logo for the Black Ink Festival in Charleston SC.