New Orleans, La – January 22, 2023 – Hundreds of book lovers will convene at City Park’s Pavilion of the Two Sisters on Saturday, January 28, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. for the BLK INK Book Festival. More than 65 authors from diverse backgrounds, including Louisiana native, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Farrah Rochon; New York Times Best Science Fiction and Fantasy author Alex Jennings; and native author, folklorist, and Louisiana Poet Laureate Dr. Mona Lisa Saloy, will be featured at the free event.

Hosted by local author and entrepreneur Michelle Jackson, BLK INK pays homage to new and diverse writers in every genre.

“BLK INK is the first live book fair hosted in collaboration with the Black Writers Workspace, an online community of over 13,000 writers I started in 2020,” said Jackson. “Although the event’s goal is to celebrate all published authors, our exhibitor’s showcase has attracted writers dedicated to telling stories steeped in New Orleans’ traditions and the Black experience. What better place to showcase this work than a city known for its culture and creativity.”

With more than 30 authors traveling to New Orleans from places as far as Washington State, BLK INK aims to draw hundreds of book enthusiasts from across the region who look at and beyond the bestseller’s list to find written works of art.

The event will kick off at 11 a.m. at the Pavilion of the Two Sisters located at 1 Victory Avenue, New Orleans, an indoor European-style venue known for its picturesque backdrop of the city’s Botanical Garden. Throughout the day, guests will enjoy author interviews with Jennings, Rochon, and Saloy; the Reading in the Garden series featuring live book readings by BLK INK authors; a Baldwin & Co. pop-up bookstore; a live DJ; and the Zulu Tramps. Also, the first 100 guests will receive a free tote bag.

Leading up to the event, on Friday, January 27, from 6-9 p.m., the BLK INK Martinis & Manuscripts Authors Mixer will take place at Baldwin & Co. Bookstore’s NOLA Art Bar. Baldwin & Co. is one of the city’s premier Black-owned bookstores in the historic Marigny neighborhood.

The event is co-sponsored by PR Solutions LLC and and supported by Time with Ty. Entrepreneur and book enthusiast Desiree Young will emcee. Dr. Mona Lisa Saloy’s participation is sponsored by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

To pre-register and view the exhibitor’s roster for the free event, visit

For more information contact, Michelle Jackson at