Black Ink: A 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 of all ages.
Black Ink is a project of the Charleston Friends of the Library in partnership with the Charleston County Public Library and the College of Charleston's Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture. The festival is free to the public.
The 2022 festival will feature award-winning and best-selling romance author Beverly Jenkins as its keynote speaker.
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 Beverly 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 Book Festival/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 Diasporic 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 For African American History and Culture
• Kaia Alderson, Author
• Piper Huguley, Author
Thursday, Jan. 13 at noon
Grab some food and pull up a chair at one of the tables in the virtual 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.
Writing for Harlequin
Thursday, Jan. 13 at 3 p.m.
In this panel, you'll hear from current Harlequin authors as they talk about their careers and experiences writing for the renowned romance publisher.
Michelle Lindo-Rice/Zoey Marie Jackson
Denise N. Wheatley
Conversation with Monique Patterson
Thursday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m.
Join Black Ink Book Festival 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 of 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
FRIDAY, JAN. 14
Friday, Jan. 14 at 10 a.m.
Black Ink Book Festival will share any announcements for the day and open up the rest of the hour for networking among authors, sponsors, and attendees.
The Evolution of the Black Female Character in Fiction and Romance
Friday, Jan. 14 at 11 a.m.
Panelists will discuss how there is much more to Black history and lives than pain and hard times, and how Black romances in particular can be deeply and unapologetically Black and relatable without highlighting the struggles.
Maya Hollinshead, Charleston County Public Library
VaLinda Miller, Turning Page Bookshop
Gerald Moore, Charleston County Public Library
Deborah Jones Wheeler, Charleston County Public Library
Friday, Jan. 14 at noon
Grab some food and pull up a virtual 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 3 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
• Victoria Christopher Murray, Author
Speed Dating—Black Ink Authors Edition
Friday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m.
Black Ink’s featured authors want to meet you! Pull up a seat at one of the virtual tables in the lounge area and enjoy a speed date with our Black Ink Book Festival 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
Saturday, Jan. 15 at 10 a.m.
Black Ink Book Festival will share any announcements for the day and open up the rest of the morning for networking among authors, sponsors, and attendees.
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 will deliver the 2022 keynote address for Black Ink Book Festival.
*Festival programs are subject to change.