Writers MeetUp for June 11th. Topic: Urban Writing and Publishing | Notes & Resources.

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Urban Lit Resources

What Is Street Lit? Podcast — Podcast chat via BlogTalkRadio (July 2010) featuring author K’wan Foye, street lit bloggers and street lit readers.

Book Lists

Urban Fiction Booklist — September 2009 — Miranda Doyle [1]
EveryDay Life by MG Hardie [2] — July 2008]]
New Urban Fiction — May 2007 — from Miranda Doyle
Urban Fiction Booklist
Sex, Drugs, and Drama: More Books Like “The Coldest Winter Ever” VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) VOYA article
Urban/Street Lit Reading List Suitable for Public Library Collections (last update 2008) by Vanessa Irvin Morris Urban/Street Lit/Public
Urban/Street Lit Reading List Suitable for School Library Collections (Grades 6 and Up) (last update 2008) by Vanessa Irvin Morris Urban/Street Lit/School
Urban Fiction Resources by Vanessa Irvin Morris Urban Fiction Papers & Booklists

My Favorite Urban Fiction Titles for Teens, from Miranda Doyle, San Francisco
Urban Fiction for Teens — Library Summer Camp 2009 — Miranda Doyle Powerpoint
Latino Urban Fiction/Nonfiction List — Miranda DoyleList

Urban Teen Fiction [3]

Publishers/Popular Titles/Authors

The Cartel Publications The Cartel Publications
Triple Crown Publications Triple Crown Publications
Red Bud Ave Publications LLC Red Bud Ave Publications
Macavelli Press Macavelli Press <bPrioritybooks Publications
G Street Chronicles GstreetChronicles (
Jazoli Publishing / Truth Hurts THUGS ARE FOR FUN series;Jazoli Publishing / Truth Hurts Pub
Kensington Books’ Dafina Dafina
Simon and Schuster’s Atria/Strebor Books Atria/Strebor
St. Martin’s Griffin paperbacks St. Martins
Xlibris Corporation The Street Life Series
Random House – One World One World
Urban Books Urban Books
Urban Literature LLC. – Urban Literature

Review/Discussion Web Sites

Street Fiction: Urban Fiction Book Reviews
Raw Sistaz Blog and reviews
Black issues book review Black Issues
QBR: The Black Book Review QBR
Urban Book Reviews Urban Reviews
Thumper’s Corner Thumpers
Coast2Coast Readers Coast2Coast
Essence Forums Essence
The Urban Book Source Voice of Urban Literature
Streetwise Urban Fiction Library Journal July 15 2006
Library Journal publishes a monthly column reviewing recent Urban Fiction/Street Lit books called The Word on Street Lit.
(To find The Word of Street Lit articles, go to Library Journaland type “word on street lit”.)

Bestseller Lists

There are no definitive, well-established sources that can be used to determine what are the bestselling Urban Fiction/Street Lit books as there are for general Fiction books. The sources shown below list bestsellers for African-American Fiction in general but include books considered as Urban Fiction or Street Lit. While these lists are not as comprehensive as the New York Times or Publishers Weeklybestsellers lists, they are helpful for developing an Urban Fiction/Street Lit collection for a public library.

African American Literature Book Club AALBC Bestsellers Lists (includes Urban Fiction and Street Lit)
Black Expressions Book Club Black Expressions New Releases and Bestsellers
Books of Soul – lists Urban Fiction Bestsellers Books of Soul Bestsellers
Essence Magazine – search for “essence book club” for bestsellers lists Essence

Bookseller Lists All African American Literature to include Urban Fiction.
African American Literature Book Club-Urban/Street Fiction list African American Literature Book Club (AALBC)
Black Expressions Urban titles for sale Black Expressions
Black Books Direct Urban Fiction List Black Books Direct
Hip Hop Books for Urban Culture Hip Hop Books
Urban Reviews Urban Reviews
Street Gangs’ Book Club Bookclub
Hood Stories Books
CB Book Distribution CB
The Urban Book Source Voice of Urban Literature

Articles for Librarians

Takin’ It To The Streets (VOYA) [4] Street Fight (School Library Journal) [5]
The Word on the Street No. 1 Library Journal February 7 2008
Streetwise Urban Fiction Library Journal July 15 2006
Library Journal Street Lit Takes a Hit Library Journal
Selling Urban Fiction (article) Publisher’s Weekly, 1/06 Publisher’s Weekly
Library School Dissertation: Street Lit Novels and Triangle-Area Public Libraries: A Search through the OPACS (Online Public Access Catalogs)Street Lit
What Librarians Say About Street Lit — SLJ Feb. 2009 [6]

Writer & Publisher Resources

Book Distributors

Online Book Sellers

Books to get:

How to Succeed in the Publishing Game
Product Details
Product Details

Local urban bookstores:

hood books

20900 dequindre, detroit, warren mi 3135157961

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Michigan Radio Shows

Looking for Radio Shows around Michigan, whether online or offline, we’d like to show our support to your endeavors by posting them here to let listeners know about you.

Please let us know in 250 or less, what your show is about, date/time we can hear it, the host, what city it broadcast in (online included), and the website where we can find more information about it!

Thanks in advance.

Don’t forget to tune in to our radio shows on the Michigan Literary Network.

Contact us if you’d like to be a guest!

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Michigan Bloggers: Who Are You?

As an addictive blogger writer and reader, I’d love to know what you’re blogging about.


In an effort to gather the Michigan blogosphere about, I’m issuing myself a challenge to find out each and every blogger in Michigan.


I invite you to come to this page on our site and post your blog address there and say a little about it in 100 words or less.


Not a blogger? If you know of a Michigan Blogger, you could tell us about the blog and how you like it too.


Thanks a lot

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