What is Street Lit?Characteristics of Street Lit:Urban setting
Meets the needs/ interest of an ignored group of readers Relationships Fast pace racy contents Reader can relate to the stories The Book Cover’s visual component is very seductive.
Bad writing style Degrading Glorifying Negative behavior
Provides education Diversity Creating new reader Cautionary Tales
INGAGED WITH YOUR PATRONS! Ask them what they are reading & why they enjoy what they are reading. Join a Book club (Librarian Book Club) Start a book club with your patron
Native Son (1940) Richard Wright The Street(1946) – Ann Petry Down These Mean Streets(1967) Piri Thomas Pimp (1969) – Iceberg Slim Dopefeind (1971) - Donald Goines Daddy Cool(1974)- Donald Goines
True to the Game – Terri Woods Coldest Winter Ever – Sister Souljah Fly Girl – Omar Tyree Push (Precious) – Sapphire B More Careful – Shannon Holmes Let that Be the Reason – Vickie Stringer A Hustler’s Wife – Terri Wood
The Readers Advisory Guide to Street Literature by Vanessa Irvin Morris Assist Professor Drexel University Urban Grit: A guide to Street Lit by Megan Honig Yong Adult Materials Specialist New York Public Library
Publisher Triple Crown Publication Kensington Publishing Gorilla Convict Publication Grand Central Publishing Wahida Clark Publishing Simon and Schuster Cash Money Content
Web Respectable street Lit. Book reviewer! Library Journal’s “Word on the Street lit” column http:/libraryjournal.com Street Literature: Vanessa I. Morris http://streetliterature.blogspot.com Phat Fiction: Susan McClelland http://phatfiction.blogspot.com Miss Domino K.C. Boyd: http://missdomino.blogspot.com Street Fiction http://www.streetfiction.org
Your collection should always reflect the literature need & want of the community it serves.