Urban Fiction: It’s new, it’s popular, and it’s here!

Urban fiction is a fairly recent literary phenomenon which has been termed hip-hop, gangster, street fiction or ghetto lit as well. With urban areas as the setting, this literature is especially popular with younger African-Americans as the demand for novels authentically conveying the urban experience increased. For example, crime stories generally revolve around the often tragic choices and journeys some young men and women make into the less savory side of life. Yet, reading about the tragic lives of others can be a cautionary tale to those who wish to avoid suffering the same fate, and there are sub-genres such as Urban Christian fiction.

Many titles are controversial and considered risqué for younger readers.   Decide for yourself!   Experience the rich and diverse lives of friends and families, even strangers, as they struggle and thrive in the urban environment.  A full list of titles available through the University Libraries can be found by searching for the subject “Urban Fiction” in our library catalog.

The University Libraries will feature a display on Urban fiction during the first few weeks of Fall semester.  Please stop by the Carlson Library Information Commons to see what we have.  The Urban Fiction Brochure from the display has more information about the genre.   Books in the display may be checked out.