BLACK INK BOOK FESTIVAL

Black Ink:  A Charleston African-American Book Festival

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Terry McMillan, one of America’s most beloved and critically acclaimed authors, will be the featured speaker at this year’s Black Ink Book Festival on September 8. McMillan became the empowering voice of a generation of women with her New York Times #1 bestsellers Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back. She will join 60 black authors and hundreds of readers for the third annual festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Main Branch of the Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St. The event is free and open to the public.

McMillan’s books have sold millions of copies worldwide. Four have been made into major motion pictures. Known for “irreverent, pitch-perfect tales of women’s lives,” McMillan’s seven bestsellers are rich in fearless wisdom, heart-touching characters, and unforgettable stories of friendships, healing, intergenerational bonds, and women saving their own lives. “I write about what breaks my heart,” she has said. “What I don’t understand. And what I wish I could change.”

McMillan is an Essence Lifetime Achievement Award winner, a featured guest in Oprah’s Life Class, and has appeared on shows ranging from The View and Tavis Smiley to The Daily Show. As a speaker, McMillan dives into the many themes of her books and shares her own personal journey through challenges, relationships, addiction, and health issues. With signature sass and disarming authenticity, she connects to audiences through powerful storytelling and a constant credo: It’s never too late to become the person that you want to be.

“We are thrilled that Terri McMillan, one of the most inspiring authors in America today, will join us for our third festival,” announced Brittany Mathis, director of the Charleston Friends of the Library, presenter of this year’s festival. “Having one of the most influential writers is truly a dream come true.”

The mission of Black Ink: A Charleston African American Book Festival is 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. General admission to the event is FREE to the public and includes all author exhibits, featured author sessions, and entertainment. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information,  please click here.

 

The festival is free to the public. This year’s event will include the following features:  

  • Author and vendor exhibits
  • Author discussions and signings
  • A panel featuring renowned African-American authors
  • And More!

Below, you will find detailed information about the festival and how you, as a sponsor, can receive the maximum benefits and exposure. If you have any questions or require our assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us at the phone number or e-mail address above.  To sponsor this year’s, please click here.

Become a Corporate Sponsor of Black Ink.

Help inspire hundreds of readers

and encourage local African-American authors

 

Sponsorship Opportunities

Black Ink: A Charleston African-American Book Festival, offers several sponsorship opportunities to companies of all types and sizes. Should you have a specific request or need, we can also develop a sponsorship package tailored especially for you.  Donations are tax deductible.

Title Sponsor

The Title Sponsor is the most prestigious sponsorship level of our event, with significant and valuable benefits to the sponsoring company or organization.  The value of the sponsorship is $10,000.

The benefits of being the Title Sponsor include:

  • Title of “Official Title Sponsor of the 2018 Black Ink:  Charleston African American Book Festival”
  • Sponsorship exhibit area
  • A photo opportunity with the keynote speaker for ten employees
  • A copy of the flyer signed by the keynote speaker
  • Company name and logo in print advertisements
  • Company logo on Festival website
  • Company name/ logo on television advertisements
  • Company name mentioned on radio announcements
  • Company flyers distributed in Festival gift bag
  • Exclusive press release sent announcing company’s sponsorship of Black Ink
  • Full-page advertisement in Festival program
  • Right to use event name in all marketing campaigns
  • Company name featured on Festival stage

Black Ink Partner

Black Ink Partner Sponsorships are perfect for companies that have a primary goal of reaching the masses at the third annual African American Book Festival for the purpose of direct selling.  The value of the sponsorship is $5,000.

The benefits of being a Black Ink Partner are:

  • Title of “Official Partner of the 2018 Black Ink: A Charleston African-American Book Festival”
  • Sponsorship exhibit area
  • Company name in print advertisements
  • Company logo on Black Ink website
  • Company flyers distributed in Festival gift bag
  • Exclusive press release sent announcing company’s sponsorship of Black Ink
  • Half-page advertisement in Festival program
  • Right to use event name in all marketing campaigns
  • Company name featured on Festival stage

Black Ink Associate

Black Ink Associate Sponsorships are designed for entrepreneurs and small-to-medium-sized businesses with limited sponsorship budgets.  The value of the sponsorship is 1,000.

The benefits of being a Black Ink Associate are:

  • Title of “Associate Partner of the 2018 Black Ink: A Charleston African-American Book Festival”
  • Company logo on Black Ink website
  • Company flyers distributed in Festival gift bags
  • ¼ page advertisement in Black Ink program
  • Company name mentioned on Festival stage

 

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