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The Charleston African-American Book Festival is the first and only annual celebration of African-American literature in the Charleston area. 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.
 

Black Ink is a project of the Charleston Friends of the Library in partnership with the Charleston County Public Library. The festival is free to the public and will include hundreds of books for sale, vendor exhibits, a keynote address, and more!

 

The 2022 festival will feature award winning and bestselling romance author Beverly Jenkins as its keynote speaker. She authored the middle-grade novel "Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky." ​

Registration is open for the 2022 Black Ink Festival, which is virtual this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The free festival runs from Jan. 13-15, 2022. Attendees will have the opportunity to attend live virtual programs and discussions, engage with presenters, authors, and attendees. The festival is aimed at amplifying the voices of black authors. Through the virtual festival platform, attendees will also be able to chat with each other, discuss topics of interest, visit author virtual tables, and more. The festival closes with the keynote address by award winning and best selling romance author Beverlu Jenkins at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15.

 

For authors and readers alike, you won't want to miss this opportunity! Register for free today.

2022 programs, workshops & panels

THURSDAY, JAN. 13
Welcome to Black Ink/Networking Hour
Thursday, Jan. 13 at 10 a.m.

The planning committee chair 2022’s Black Ink: A Charleston African American Book Festival will greet authors and attendees, give a summary of what to expect over the next three days, and open up the rest of the hour for networking among authors, sponsors, and attendees.

Researching African American History and Culture for Your Literature
Thursday, Jan.13 at 11 a.m.

Knowing how and where to do research is an important skill for any author to have. During this panel, the archival team from the College of Charleston’s Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture and two authors will discuss approaches, best practices, and gems to learn and discover to make the research portion of writing informative and enriching.
•    Archival Staff, Avery Research Center
•    Kaia Alderson, Author 
•    Piper Huguley, Author 
•    Moderator: 

Networking Lunch
Thursday, Jan. 13  at 12 p.m.

Grab some food and pull up a chair at one of the tables in the reception area. Discuss what you’ve learned so far or would like to know more about during this lunch period with fellow Black Ink authors, sponsors, and attendees. Feel free to stay and mingle as your schedule allows until the next panel.

Self-Publishing Presented by Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) 
Thursday, Jan. 13 at 3 p.m.


With Amazon being the largest online retailer for book purchases, it is crucial for independently published authors to know how to navigate Amazon’s self-publishing platform Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). During this workshop, KDP representatives will share best practices on how to make KDP work for authors, including free tools for eBook and print book creation, the importance of keywords, why and how metadata matters, the ins and outs of book pricing, and more. While this is primarily targeted to indie authors, both traditionally published and aspiring authors can also benefit from this workshop.

Conversation with Monique Patterson
Thursday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m.


Join Black Ink as we talk with Monique Patterson, veteran editor at Macmillan who is the current VP, Editorial Director, Acquisitions Outreach at The St. Martin’s Publishing Group about the trajectory her career as a Black publishing executive, her advocacy in romance, and Black romance in particular, and what she’s looking and hoping for in the future in terms of projects, trends, and culture in publishing.
•    Monique Patterson, VP, Editorial Director, Acquisitions Outreach—St. Martin’s Publishing Group
•    Moderator: TBD
FRIDAY, JAN. 14

Networking Hour
Friday, Jan. 14 at 10 a.m.

Black Ink will share any announcements for the day and open up the rest of the hour for networking among authors, sponsors, and attendees.

Authors and BookTubers
Friday, Jan. 14 at 11 a.m.

The author-influencer relationship is now more important than ever. With so many activities competing for a reader’s time, having influencers in your corner to help amplify you and your work can pay unimaginable dividends. This panel will give you tips and examples of how BookTube can help your book reach a broader audience. 
•    Moderator: Aisha Mae

Networking Lunch
Friday, Jan. 14 at 12 p.m.

Grab some food and pull up a chair at one of the tables in the reception area. Discuss what you’ve learned so far or would like to know more about during this lunch period with fellow Black Ink authors, sponsors, and attendees. Feel free to stay and mingle as your schedule allows until the next panel.
Adapting Black Stories From Books to Film
Friday, Jan. 14 at 1 p.m.


Books are not the only medium where Black authors can tell their stories. This panel will discuss what to keep in mind when exploring how to bring the story from page to screen or stage.
•    Iris Bolling, Author/Screenwriter/Director
•    Moderator: Joselyn 

Speed Dating - Black Ink Authors Edition
Friday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m.

Black Ink’s featured authors want to date you! Pull up a seat at one of the tables in the reception area and enjoy a speed date with our Black Ink authors. Everyone will have ten minutes to answer icebreaker questions before the authors will move on to the next table. By the time the event is over, you’ll have a little more insight into your future favorite authors!
SATURDAY, JAN. 15

Agent and Editor Pitches
Saturday, Jan. 15 TB
Agents and editors will be accepting pitches from authors. Appointments will be assigned in advance. Below is a list of invited, suggested, and confirmed agents and editors who will be accepting pitches. These appointments are open to all. The start of the appointment depends on the level of interest.
•   TBA 


2022 Black Ink Book Festival Keynote featuring Author Beverly Jenkins
Saturday, Jan. 15 at 1 p.m.

 

Award-winning and best-selling romance author Beverly Jenkins delivers the 2022 keynote address for Black Ink Book Festival.

 

*Festival programs are subject to change. 
 

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