The mission of Black Ink: A Charleston African-American Book Festival is to support local Black writers, creating a space for them to promote and share their works, discuss their craft, and expose readers of all ages to the great variety of African-American authors in the area.
Last year’s festival featured more than 50 authors, and included a keynote address from Newberry Award winning author, Kwame Alexander. More than 500 readers attended, and this year’s festival promises to be even bigger.
Local published authors interested in applying are encouraged to email [email protected] with their contact information and the name of their latest book titles.
Black Ink: A Charleston African American Book Festival is presented by the Charleston Friends of the Library. This year’s festival will take place at the Charleston County Public Library's Main Branch. Sponsoring organizations include the YMCA and YWCA of Greater Charleston and the College of Charleston's Avery Research Center.
The Charleston Friends of the Library: The Charleston Friends of the Library, a nonprofit volunteer organization, raises money through book sales to help fund Library services, equipment, training, materials and public programming. The Friends collect and sort donated books for resale to raise money.