Black Ink: The Charleston African American Book Festival

Date: Saturday, October 5, 11:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: Memminger Auditorium
Address: 56 Beaufain Street
Admission: Free

The Charleston African-American Book Festival is the first and only annual celebration of African-American literature in the Charleston area. Now in its fourth year, Black Ink serves as a platform to support local Black writers, creating a space for them to share their work, discuss their craft, and expose readers of all ages to the great variety of African-American authors in the area. With the support of community-conscious sponsors Black Ink: A Charleston African-American Book Festival will impact the lives of hundreds of readers, both young and old.

The Charleston African-American Book Festival is presented by the Charleston Friends of the Library, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the Charleston County Public Library’s resources, stimulating use of the Library, and developing and supporting educational and literacy programs. This year, Black Ink is part of the City of Charleston’s MOJA Arts Festival, an annual celebration of African-American culture.

The festival is free to the public. This year’s event will include the following features:

  • Author and vendor exhibits
  • Author discussions and signings
  • A panel featuring renowned African-American authors
  • And More!

Black Ink Keynote Speaker Nikki Giovanni
Time: 2:00 pm
*Registration is required to reserve a ticket for the keynote address.
Register Here

Nikki Giovanni, the world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator, will be featured as the keynote speaker at this fall’s Black Ink, Charleston’s African American book festival. The festival, a program of the Charleston Friends of the Library and a part of the MOJA Arts Festival, will take place on Saturday, October 5, at Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain Street. Admission is free.

One of the most widely read American poets, Giovanni has written more than two dozen books, including volumes of poetry, illustrated children’s books, and three collections of essays. The Academy of American Poets voted Giovanni #1 poet for the spring of 2007. She has received 21 honorary doctorates and a host of other awards, including Woman of the Year titles from three different magazines and the Governors’ Awards in the Arts from both Tennessee and Virginia.

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