Urban Literature Grabs Young Adult Readers

Submitted by rochelle on Tue, 03/16/2004 - 23:56

Here's a story from the Toronto Star about the growing demand for Urban Literature by younger readers. According to the article, urban literature is a genre that "appeals to teenage girls and young adults who want to read books that reflect the raw voices of inner city life and the hip-hop culture that informs it." Urban lit authors that most librarians might recognize include Eric Jerome Dickey, Sister Souljah and Sharon Flake. I highly recommend the article to YA librarians and those who buy popular fiction. Time to weed out a few of the extra copies of Harry Potter and make room on the shelf for this genre.