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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Is this your first time at the YALSA's YA Literature Symposium or any conference?  Join this group and get answers to your questions and share your expectations and packing lists!
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Kristine Hall replied to Michelle Frost's discussion Question for locals.
"Hey Michelle! I am not local to Austin - actually up near Dallas - but I may as well be for all the time I spend there. :-) I'm not sure how much walking your walker is willing to do, but there's so much! First, they Hyatt is right on a…"
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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?See More
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Is this your first time at the YALSA's YA Literature Symposium or any conference?  Join this group and get answers to your questions and share your expectations and packing lists!
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Question for locals.

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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

Started by Tom Spicer in Uncategorized. Last reply by Jamie Krakover Nov 2, 2012. 16 Replies

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

First Time at YA Lit Symposium

Started by Anna Lynn Martino in Sample Title. Last reply by Hannah Berry Oct 31, 2012. 15 Replies

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

Suggestions for future YA Lit. Symposiums

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

 
 
 

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