National Best-Selling Author Terry McMillian Will Headline 3rd Annual Charleston African American Book Festival

Terry McMillian

One of America’s most beloved and critically-acclaimed authors, Terry McMillan, will be the featured speaker at this year’s Black Ink Book Festival. McMillian became the empowering voice of a generation of women with her New York Times #1 bestsellers Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back. She will join 60 black authors and hundreds of readers for the third annual festival on Saturday, September 8, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Main branch of the Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St.

McMillan’s books have sold millions of copies worldwide. Four have been made into major motion pictures. Known for “irreverent, pitch perfect tales of women’s lives,” McMillan’s seven bestsellers are rich in fearless wisdom, heart-touching characters and unforgettable stories of friendships, healing, intergenerational bonds and women saving their own lives. “I write about what breaks my heart,” said McMillian. “What I don’t understand. And what I wish I could change.”

McMillan is an Essence Lifetime Achievement Award winner, a featured guest on Oprah’s Life Class and has appeared on shows ranging from The View and Tavis Smiley to The Daily Show. As a speaker, McMillan dives into the many themes of her books and shares her own personal journey through challenges, relationships, addiction and health issues. With signature sass and disarming authenticity, she connects to audiences through powerful storytelling and a constant credo: It’s never too late to become the person that you want to be.

“We are thrilled that Terri McMillian, one of the most inspiring authors in America today, will join us for our third festival,” announced Brittany Mathis, director of the Charleston Friends of the Library, presenter of this year’s festival. “Having one of the most influential writers is truly a dream come true.”

Black Ink: A Charleston African American Book Festival’s mission is to support local Black writers, creating a space for them to share their work, discuss their craft, and expose readers all ages to the great variety of African American authors in the area. The Black Ink Book Festival is free and open to the public, but registration and tickets are required for the Featured Speaker: Terry McMillan event. To register, please click here. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information, visit or contact Brittany Mathis at [email protected].

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