FIFTH ANNUAL BLACK INK FESTIVAL
Jan. 16, 2021
Festival Information and Author Registration Coming Soon
Black Ink Announces 2021 Keynote:
Black Ink: A Charleston African American Book Festival will host New York Times bestselling author Kwame Mbalia during its 2021 festival. The author of the middle-grade novel Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky will be featured as the keynote speaker.
Charleston Friends of the Library Director, Jeanell Marvin is elated to have Mbalia as the keynote. “Now more than ever, it is imperative to amplify Black voices. A middle-grade book featuring a young Black protagonist as the hero is a story that needs to be read by all ages-by everyone. We’re excited to have Mbalia inspire and interact with readers of the Charleston community.”
Mbalia’s sequel Tristan Strong Destroys the World will be published in October by Rick Riordan Presents/Disney-Hyperion. He is a graduate of Howard University and currently resides in North Carolina with his wife and children.
Watch the Recorded Discussion of the Black Ink
Summer Book Club Featuring Kwame Mbalia
Did you miss our virtual book club with Kwame Mbalia, the featured speaker of the 2021 Black Ink Festival? In September, the New York Times best selling author discussed his book "Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky."
In August, the Charleston Friends of the Library gave away almost 40 copies of the book to patrons of the Charleston County Public Library.
Mbalia’s sequel "Tristan Strong Destroys the World" will be published in October by Rick Riordan Presents/Disney-Hyperion. He is a graduate of Howard University and currently resides in North Carolina with his wife and children.
You may watch the recorded discussion online and stay tuned for more details about Mbalia's keynote address at the 2021 Black Ink Festival.