As a Reader's Advisor in a public library, I am frequently suggesting, reviewing and purchasing books for teens. I'm very interested in what teens are reading and why. And, more and more, what they're asking for are books of urban fiction. So, this blog will be a place to discuss, review, suggest and talk about the allure of what I call, *PHAT Fiction and how librarians can engage this genre in the public library.
On June 28, 2010, I am coordinating a panel discussion on urban fiction at the American Library Association annual conference in Washington,DC. This panel of librarians, authors, and educators will present a 90 minute session open to all conference attendees. At the end of this presentation, all attendees will have a serviceable definition of just what urban fiction is, get ideas for teen and adult programming around urban genre fiction and learn ways to develop hip hop fiction collections within libraries.
*PHAT=popular, hip and tempting fiction.