Black Ink: A Charleston African American Book Festival announced registration is now open to Black authors for the 2022 event, whose mission is to amplify the voices of Back authors. The free festival, which will be virtual due to safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, will take place January 13-15, 2022.
The festival will host Beverly Jenkins, the recipient of the 2017 Romance Writers of America Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as the 2016 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for historical romance. She has been nominated for the NAACP Image Award in Literature, was featured both in the documentary “Love Between the Covers” and on CBS Sunday Morning. Since her debut publication of Night Song in 1994, she has been leading the charge for multicultural romance and has been a constant darling of reviewers, fans, and her peers alike, garnering accolades for her work from the likes of The Wall Street Journal, People Magazine, and NPR.
In its sixth year, the annual event will feature dozens of African American authors, most from the Lowcountry and surrounding areas. It will also host workshops for authors and programs for readers throughout the three-day virtual event, which is free for the public.
Registration for featured authors of the festival is now open. While the event will be virtual, there are still ample opportunities for readers to connect with authors. Registered authors will be hosted on the event’s virtual platform so that attendees can speak to authors, receive exposure on Black Ink’s social media and digital platforms, have the opportunity to network with other authors in online groups, and more. Registration is $75 per author and registration closes on Dec. 24, 2021. Space is limited.
For more information about Black Ink, which is hosted by 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, visit www.blackinkcharleston.org.