Keeping it Real: Finding the True Teen Experience in YA Literature, Nov. 14 - 16, 2014, Austin, TX. 

YALSA’s 2014 Young Adult Literature Symposium will gather together librarians, educators, researchers, authors and publishers to explore what’s ‘real’ in the world of teen literature.  How is young adult literature reflecting the real and amazing diversity of today’s 42 million teens and it what ways has it fallen short?  Who are today’s teens, really?  What are the ‘real’ issues that they want and need to read about, and how do they want to read about them?  What are some innovative ways that literary nonfiction is being use to support the secondary school curriculum? Why are realistic teen experiences in books sometimes controversial when they accurately portray a young person's life? How are the evolving areas of identity and sex(uality) being explored in YA literature and nonfiction? 

 

 

The preliminary program has been announced!

 

Over 45 authors are participating in the Symposium, check out the complete list of participating authors.

 

Registration is open.  Register early for the best rates.

The special hotel rate of $124 doesn't last forever, so be sure to book your room by October 14th.

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Love books? We do too! Download our new Android Teen Book Finder app! http://bit.ly/1r172A1

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Find the best books and media for teens, as selected by library staff and educators across the United States! The Teen Book Finder, generously funded by a grant from t...

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Looking for the best of the best recommended teen reading? Get our Reads 4 Teens digital download! It includes 37 pamphlets & 8 bookmarks http://bit.ly/1tib9dr

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Voting for the 2014 Teens' Top Ten is going on now through October 18! Encourage teens to vote for their favorites! http://www.ala.org/yalsa/reads4teens/read4teens

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Speaking of libraries: have you visited YeLL lately - the YALSA e-Learning Library? Access our recordings for free professional development and training and pick up quick tips on new book titles, programming, and developing college and career readiness resources! http://bit.ly/1BuYk4n. Not a YALSA member? You can purchase these same recordings at http://bit.ly/1jOlibg.

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Voting opens for the 2014 Teens' Top Ten THIS Friday, August 15! Need a refresher of the nominees? Check out the video below! http://youtu.be/AAN8lWTXA9o

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Nominees for the 2014 Teens' Top Ten. Learn more at http://www.ala.org/yalsa/teenstopten

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Love books? We do too! An android version of our Teen Book Finder app is now available! Download it today through the Google Play store! http://bit.ly/1r172A1

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Find the best books and media for teens, as selected by library staff and educators across the United States! The Teen Book Finder, generously funded by a grant from t...

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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey is a 2014 Teens' Top Ten nominee! Check out a book trailer for it below and remember voting starts August 15! http://youtu.be/DwupiGSNaWw

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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey is a 2014 Teens' Top Ten Nominee. Find more information on Teens' Top Ten at www.ala.org/yalsa/reads4teens

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In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters is 2014 Teens' Top Ten nominee. Check out a book trailer for it below and let us know your thoughts about the book! http://youtu.be/1OKlE1txb34

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Okay Facebook friends - curious minds want to know: If you had a friend who had never read a YA book before and asked you for a recommendation of where to get started, what book or series would you recommend? (image courtesy of GoXunuReviews, cc license)

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Here's the forum for letting the symposium attendees in on all of those little-known coffee shops, restaurants and attractions you know about that make St. Louis interesting.Continue

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Hi Everybody,Can someone describe what happens at the symposium? Is there lots of discussions? I have the program but that does not really give me a sense of what to expect.Thanks,AContinue

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