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 conference hotel is now full; however YALSA has made arrangements with the Embassy Suites next door.  Room rates are $124 for a king and $144 for a double,  The rooms are only available until October 23rd, so be sure to book online now

All meetings and events for the symposium will be held at the Hyatt Regency at 208 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704

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Why are libraries important for teens? Watch this video and read our report on The Future of Libraries Services for and with Teens to find out! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQhDuShczzc http://www.ala.org/yaforum/future-library-services-and-teens-project-report

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Every day in October on our YA Lit blog, The Hub, we're featuring blog posts by teen guest bloggers. Check out today's titled "Teen Romance in YA Lit". http://www.yalsa.ala.org/thehub/2014/10/23/teen-romance-in-ya-lit/

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Help teens flourish in college and get ahead of the game in college readiness with our Outstanding Books for the College Bound digital download collection of pamphlets, posters, and booklists! http://bit.ly/1kRFAGQ

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Apply now for our Summer Reading Resources & Teen Intern Program grants! Each are worth $1000. Twenty of each grant will be awarded to libraries in need. Apply by Jan 1, 2015. http://bit.ly/1bxbC33

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Haven't registered for our YA Lit Symposium in Austin (Nov 14-16, 2014) yet? You can still register online to see and meet over 45 participating authors including renowned ya lit author, R.L. Stine who will be speaking at our closing session! http://bit.ly/ZEA6FG

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Need recommended reading for teens? Find great recommended reading for teens with our Teen Book Finder app for android and iOS! http://bit.ly/1r172A1 (android) http://bit.ly/S8Wi6Z (iOS)

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Psst...have you heard? The 2014 Teens' Top Ten titles were announced yesterday! Check them out below! http://youtu.be/nykmNiyF5yw

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Why are libraries important for teens? Read and download our report, "The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action" and see how you can help libraries and teens. http://www.ala.org/yaforum/future-library-services-and-teens-project-report

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It's the moment you all have been waiting for! Here are the official 2014 Teens' Top Ten titles! http://youtu.be/nykmNiyF5yw

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Need great recommended reading for teens? Find great recommended reading for teens with our Teen Book Finder app for android and iOS! http://bit.ly/1r172A1 (android) http://bit.ly/S8Wi6Z (iOS)

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Hi all, I have a friend coming to Texas with me who is not a librarian. Can anyone local recommend things within walking distance she might be interested in while I am at the conference?Continue

Hidden Sweet Spots of St. Louis

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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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Post and discuss here any suggestions for future Ya. Lit. Symposiums.

 
 
 

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