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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