Urban Fiction, or Street Lit, share the socio-economic realities and culture of its characters in a city landscape. Profanity, sex, and violence are usually explicit and it is common that authors of this genre draw upon their own past experiences to inform their stories. Here are several ways to easily find and check out urban fiction reading recommendations with your IndyPL library card.

1. Borrow e-books or downloadable audiobooks.

Browse urban fiction lists from OverDrive to find e-books and downloadable audiobooks. If you have never borrowed from OverDrive before, both app directions and browser directions are available as well as a video tutorial and Overdrive Support.

2. Make a selection from this list of urban fiction authors.

3. Find a book discussion near you!

You are invited to join in one of our many in-person or online book discussions that take place several times each month. In our book discussion groups we read and talk about both fiction and non-fiction books. We express our opinions (both likes and dislikes!) with other avid readers in the city.

  • Event: Adult Book Discussion at Central Library
  • Date & Time: Tuesday, May 28, 6:00pm
  • Location: Central Library
  • Description: Join us at Central Library as we discuss “Who Would Believe a Prisoner? Indiana Women’s Carceral Institutions, 1848-1920.”
  • No Registration Required.
  • Event: Zine Salon
  • Date & Time: Tuesday, May 28, 6:00pm
  • Location: East 38th Street Branch
  • Description: Join us for this special-interest book club focused on zines.  Select from our collection, or bring your favorites.  We’ll spend the first hour reading, and then share and discuss what we’ve read.
  • Register Here

Need help?

Need more help? Ask a Library staff member at any of our locations or call, text or email Ask-a-Librarian. Additionally, the Tinker Station helpline at (317) 275-4500 is also available. It is staffed by device experts who can answer questions about how to read, watch and listen on a PC, tablet or phone.