Book Club: Black Ink Festival announces line-up, extends deadline
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.
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, visitblackinkcharleston.org/agenda.
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.