Urban Fiction

Author Iceberg Slim
Iceberg Slim

Have you checked out our Urban Fiction collection in The Center for the Reader? The genre made its debut in the 60’s and 70’s and most stories had inner city settings. Topics such as gangs, violence, drugs, poverty, and prostitution are typically found in stories in this genre, although there is a subgenre of Christian fiction. Iceberg Slim and Donald Goines are considered the pioneers of the genre. Iceberg Slim was inspired by his own life and his stories focused on the gritty reality of urban living (and not just what the media described). Donald Goines is known for his rough and rudimentary writing style and his prose often includes street language. Goines has pulled a lot of his inspiration from Iceberg Slim and also goes by the pen name Al C.

Contemporary urban fiction authors include Sister Souljah, Ashley Antoinette and K’Wan.  For these hot, gritty, urban stories, come to The Center for the Reader and check out our Urban Fiction section. We have a few suggestions, just to get you started:

The Coldest Winter Ever                               Mama Black Widow
Black Gangster                                 Luxe Two

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