2019 Black Ink Book Festival in search of African-American authors


Black Ink, Charleston’s African American Book Festival, is looking for authors to display their books. The festival this year will take place on Saturday, October 5. For the first time, it is included as a part of the MOJA Arts Festival and will be presented at Memminger Auditorium. The keynote speaker will be announced shortly.

The festival is in its fourth year. In 2016, it was presented at Burke High School and the keynote speaker was Marcus Amaker, who had recently been named poet laureate of the City of Charleston. In 2017 and 2018, the festival was hosted by the Charleston County Public Library at its Calhoun Street branch, and the keynote speakers were Kwame Alexander, who recently had won the nation’s top award for a children’s book, and New York Times best-selling author Terry McMillan.

More than 50 authors have displayed their titles in each of the last two festivals. More than 500 readers have attended each of the last two festivals. Black Ink is sponsored by the Charleston Friends of the Library. Authors who would like to take part are encouraged to check the website, blackinkcharleston.org.


  1. Desiree Tomlinson on July 26, 2019 at 6:04 am

    I’m a black author, how can I sign up?

  2. Carolyn Blake on July 26, 2019 at 7:08 am

    I am an African American Author

  3. Carolyn Blake on July 26, 2019 at 7:08 am

    This is awesome

  4. Rev. Demett Jenkins on July 26, 2019 at 7:55 am

    Wil you have vendors who are not authors? We would be interested if so.

  5. Brian Harris on July 26, 2019 at 8:10 am

    Freedoms Design: 20 Days of Empowering Black Kings educates, empowers and inspires boys of color through inspirational poems and affirmations for 20 days.

    It focuses on boys understanding their rich heritage and celebrating the contributions of those who fought and still fighting for Equality.

    Each day comes equipped with reflection questions for boys to answer and a Teachers Guide that includes Extended Learning questions and activities.

    Great book to use during a Morning Meeting, Community Circle, or Advisory Block!

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