For immediate release | April 23, 2013

PLA webinar brings urban fiction in from the street and onto the public library shelf

CHICAGO – The street lit genre is rapidly growing with both authors and fans. Get an introduction to this popular style during the hour-long webinar “Street Smart: Urban Fiction in Public Libraries,” hosted by the Public Library Association (PLA), at 1 p.m. CDT, May 15.

Presenter Vanessa Irvin Morris, assistant teaching professor, The iSchool at Drexel University, Philadelphia, will explore the historical context of the urban fiction genre, explain the characteristics and sub-genres and provide concrete ideas for collection development, readers’ advisory and programming. Morris is the author of the award-winning book, “The Readers Advisory Guide to Street Literature” (2011, ALA Editions) and the blog site,

Registration for “Street Smart: Urban Fiction in Public Libraries” costs $28 (PLA Members), $31.50 (ALA Members) and $35 (Nonmembers). Groups of any size can register for individual webinars for $129.

For more information about PLA, contact the PLA office at (800) 545-2433, ext. 5PLA, or visit PLA’s website at PLA is a division of the American Library Association. PLA’s core purpose is to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve. Its mission is to enhance the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services.


Amy Sargent

Manager, Marketing

Public Library Association (PLA)

1-800-545-2433 ext.5024