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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Talking about the symposium online? Use the hashtag #yalit14!

 

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

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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

Official 2014 Teens' Top Ten

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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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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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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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Check out the latest blog post by one of our teen guest bloggers, titled "Reading with Pictures" as she writes about her experience with reading graphic novels. http://www.yalsa.ala.org/thehub/2014/10/17/reading-with-pictures-teen-blogger/

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Have your teens voted for the 2014 Teens' Top Ten yet? Don't forget to have them vote for their favorite "top ten" titles by TOMORROW, October 18! http://www.ala.org/yalsa/reads4teens/read4teens

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There's still time to register for our YA Lit Symposium in Austin taking place Nov 14-16, 2014! Avoid the lines on site by registering online now through October 30, 2014. http://bit.ly/1uXTIh5

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Voting for the 2014 Teens' Top Ten ends this Saturday, October 18! Encourage teens to vote before it's too late! http://www.ala.org/yalsa/reads4teens/read4teens

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Got a few minutes to spare? Check out the latest blog post by one of our teen guest bloggers titled "From TV to Books: How Movies and TV Shows Bring in a New Reading Audience" http://www.yalsa.ala.org/thehub/2014/10/16/from-tv-to-the-books-how-movies-and-tv-shows-bring-in-a-new-readers-audience/

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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

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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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