Kwame Mbalia will be the keynote speaker for Black Ink 2021 | blackinkcharleston.org screenshot

Black Ink, Charleston’s book festival dedicated amplifying Black authors’ voices, will have open registration through Dec. 14. The festival, taking place between Jan. 14-16, showcases dozens African American authors, mostly from the Lowcountry and surrounding areas.

Kwame Mbalia, author of Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, will be the keynote speaker for Black Ink 2021. Mbalia is a New York Times-bestselling writer from North Carolina.

Now in its fifth year, Black Ink will be held online to maintain safety protocols during the pandemic. The festival will host workshops for authors and programs for readers during the virtual event. The full program list will be announced at a later date.

To register, authors can head over to the Charleston Friends of the Library’s website. Author registration is $75, but attending the festival is free to the general public.