Charleston’s 7th Annual Black Ink Festival Amplifies Black Voices in Literature
Charleston’s Black Ink Festival is back for a 7th year to amplify Black voices in literature. The festival will take place from January 12-14. This year’s theme is “Black to the Future,” and the keynote speaker is New York Times best-selling Sierra Leonean American author Namina Forna, author of The Gilded Ones. Dijuanna Brockington, chair of the festival’s planning community said, “The Gilded Ones caught my attention. A book about Black girls who bleed gold, are expected to serve at the behest of others, and oh yeah, are called ‘demons?’ Yeah, I was all in.” Forna’s address is slated for 1pm on January 14. Charleston-area writers Theresa Jenkins Hilliard, Jessica Mack and Herb Frazier will also be speaking at the festival.
Paramount+ Snags Dungeons & Dragons TV Series
Paramount+ has landed an eight-episode series based on the roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons. Red Notice filmmaker Rawson Marshall Thurber wrote the pilot script and is set to direct the first episode. While there is also a D&D film hitting theaters later this year, sources say that the upcoming series will be a completely separate project from the movie. The series has been in development for over a year. eOne began shopping the project to potential buyers in November, with Paramount+ winning with a straight-to-series order.
Colby Wilkens Announces Debut Romance If I Stopped Hating You
Colby Wilkens has announced that her debut novel If I Stopped Hating You will be published by SMP Romance in Fall 2024. The novel follows two enemy Indigenous horror authors who attend the same writers retreat at a haunted Scottish castle. Together, they are forced to confront the castle’s ghosts and their developing feelings. The book will be the first book in a three-book deal.
8 Indie Queer Books Out in Winter 2023 to Preorder Now
Get your library card ready and cue up your bookstore’s website, because it’s time to look at the best indie queer books out in winter 2023.