Back for the fourth time this year, the annual Black Ink Book Festival celebrates African-American contributions to American literature and public conversation. For the first time, the fest, presented by the Charleston Friends of the Library, teams up with the City of Charleston’s MOJA Arts Festival for a special day of all things literary, held on Oct. 5. This year’s keynote speaker is poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator Nikki Giovanni. Giovanni has written over two dozen books, including volumes of poetry, illustrated children’s books, and collections of essays. You may be familiar with her book Racism 101, which includes bold essays about Americans on all sides of race issues. Or perhaps you know the author for her biography of civil rights activist Rosa Parks, titled Rosa, which won Caldecott Honors and the Coretta Scott King medal for best illustrated book. In a press release director of the Charleston Friends of the Library, Jeanell Marvin said, “She’s one of the most noted poets in America today and an inspiration for many. Whether she’s reading her own works or talking about contemporary issues, Nikki Giovanni has something to say that we all should pay attention to.” The Black Ink Book Festival will feature dozens of African American authors, with an emphasis on writers from the Charleston area.
Price: Free to attend