2019

October 5, 2019 • Memminger Auditorium
56 Beaufain Street, Charleston.

Keynote Speaker:

Nikki Giovanni, world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator.

60 black authors.

 

Sponsors included the Charleston Friends of the Library, MOJA Arts Festival, Charleston County Public Library, South Carolina Humanities, Avery Research Center of the College of Charleston, Rotary Club of Charleston, the YMCA, the College of Charleston's Race and Social Justice Initiative and the College of Charleston's Friends of the Library. 

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2018

September 8, 2018 • Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun Street.

Keynote Speaker:

Terry McMillan, author of such New York Times#1 bestselling novels as Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back.

59 black authors.

 

Sponsors included the Charleston County Public Library, Charleston Friends of the Library, Library Foundation of the Lowcountry, South Carolina Humanities, Avery Research Center of the College of Charleston, T-Mobile, Rotary Club of Charleston, David Aylor law offices, Palmetto Surety, Statehouse Report, and South State Bank.

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2017

September 23, 2017 • Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun Street.

Keynote Speaker:

Kwame Alexander, poet and young-adult author who won the 2015 Newberry Award for the nation’s best children’s book.

54 black authors.

Sponsors included the Charleston County Public Library, Charleston Friends of the Library, South Carolina Humanities, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Rotary Club of Charleston, Avery Research Center, YMCA of Greater Charleston, YWCA of Greater Charleston, and CharlestonGOOD.

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