Black Ink: A Charleston African-American Book Festival is the city’s annual celebration of African-American literature in the Charleston area and serves as a platform to support local black writers. The 2018 event will take place Saturday, September 8, 11:00AM–5:00PM at the Charleston County Public Library. South Carolina Humanities helped support this program with a Fast Track Literary Grant.
Black Ink creates a space for black authors to sell their work, discuss their craft, and expose readers of all ages to the great variety of African-American authors in the area. The event also attracts publishers, book clubs, libraries, and individual readers from the Lowcountry and nationwide. Terry McMillan, one of America’s most beloved and critically acclaimed authors, will be the featured speaker at this year’s Black Ink Book Festival. She will join 60 black authors and hundreds of readers for the third annual festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Main Branch of the Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St. There will be book signings, discussion sessions with featured writers, and a children’s corner. The event is free and open to the public. **Please note, the Terry McMillan keynote is sold out.
The Black Ink Book Festival is presented by the Charleston Friends of the Library with support from sponsors. More information about the event can be found on the web page here.
The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. Established in 1973, this 501(c) 3 organization is governed by a volunteer 20-member Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state. It presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 250,000 citizens annually.