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Friday, November 14, 2014
Half Day Pre-Conferences
Keeping it Real: Using Nonfiction to Motivate Readers, Friday November 14, 8:30am-12:00pm, Tickets $69
What are the qualities of good nonfiction for young adults? What resources are available for librarians who work with teens? How can we effectively use nonfiction with teens? This preconference will feature the voices of educators, librarians, and authors. Come prepared to discuss the role nonfiction plays in your library and how we can extend that role to meet the demands of the emphasis on nonfiction in new curriculum. Facilitators: Karin Perry, Teri Lesesne Participating authors: Cynthia Levinson, Susan Campbell Bartoletti, and Steve Sheinkin.
Tough It Out! Rugged Characters in Young Adult Books, Friday November 14, 1-4:30pm, Tickets $69
Fighting to the death, girl assassins, guys with anger management issues and teens connected with high school sports are trending topics in young adult books. Today’s teens are totally in tune with WWE and MMA and the violence associated by these events, and over eight million teens—both boys and girls—participate in high school sports. Join us as we examine the young adult books—fiction and nonfiction—featuring tough guys and girls whether they’re competing to survive in a dystopian world or finding themselves conflicted about serious problems connected with sports.
Facilitator: Rollie Welch, Summer Hayes, Ellsworth Rockefeller Participating Authors: Matt de la Pena, Patrick Jones, Andrew Smith, Blythe Woolston
Practical Ideas to Amp Up Your YA Literature Programming, Friday November 14, 1-4:30pm, Tickets $69
For over 15 years, teen services and school librarians have turned to YALSA’s YA-YAAC e-mail list for practical programming guidance. E-mail list topics include book-themed programming; concerns regarding promoting popular, but poorly-written books; author visits; bookstore and publisher partnerships; integrating new technologies into book-themed programming; and more. In the recent book Practical Programming, YALSA highlights the most practical e-mail list advice addressing common issues as well as literary programs created by librarians in the field. Join us as we share pragmatic resources that can be replicated by a variety of librarians and library workers across the globe, regardless of budget.
Facilitator: Monique Delatte Starkey and Debbie Anderson, Youth Services Administrator, County of Los Angeles Public Library (CoLAPL)
Saturday & Sunday, November 15-16, 2014
Programs, Papers, and Posters
GenreQueer: Smashing the Closet
Panelists will explore the representation of LGBTQI people in young adult genre fiction (mystery, fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, romance, sports fiction, etc.). The discussion will include an overview of the genre, a guide to any prominent stereotypes or tropes involving LGBTQI people, and examples of books that librarians should consider including in their collections.
Presenters: Christie Gibrich, Katelyn Browne Participating authors: Malinda Lo, Robin Talley, Kristen Elizabeth Clark
YA Realness: what makes 'contemporary realism' feel true to readers?
Award-winning authors known for their contemporary realistic YA fiction discuss their approaches to writing authentic stories, including the role of characters' race, culture, gender, sexuality, and economic status, and consider the question of whether realistic YA always invites controversy and censorship by including truths that make readers uncomfortable.
Presenters/Participating Authors: Sara Ryan, Sara Zarr, Matt de la Peña, Lauren Myracle, Jo Knowles, Coe Booth
Bridge to Tweenabithia: Reader’s advisory for the gap between juvenile and young adult
Middle-schoolers. Tweens. Are they juveniles or young adults? Which books should we give them? Are books being written for them? Which books feature characters and life situations that reflect their own lives? This session provides insight into today’s tweens based on research and anecdotal evidence. Librarians will leave this session ready to match their tween patrons with the perfect books using our reader’s advisory best practices as well as booklists including various genres, maturity levels, and reading levels.
Presenters: Jenna Goodall, Jessica Liddell Participating authors: KA Holt, Steve Sheinkin, Kekla Magoon, P.J. Hoover
Quick 'n Dirty Urban Fiction
Think you know urban fiction? Think again. Urban fiction has quietly been growing and mutating, masked by the popularity of paranormal romance and dystopian literature. It has emerged as a complex and entertaining genre that boasts several subgenres including street lit, faith-based literature and Hispanic and Latino fiction, all with broad teen appeal. Erica, a Youth Collection Development specialist and Elena, a Youth Services Librarian will discuss the genre as it stands today, the challenges of managing and maintaining an urban fiction collection as well as its appeal and subgenres.
Presenters: Erica Voell, Elena McVicar Participating authors: ReShonda Tate Billingsley
Something Wicked This Way Comes of Age: Horror Tackles the Real Issues
Teens of all types gravitate to horror fiction - perfectly nice kids with perfectly comfortable lives (as well as perfectly nice kids with difficult lives) seek out books by Darren Shan, Alexander Gordon Smith, Jeyn Roberts and the like. In our presentation, we will make the link between the psychological developments that characterize coming of age and the metaphors of horror, and argue that just because it’s all in your head, that doesn’t mean it’s not real.
Presenters: Paula Willey, Paula Gallagher
Where are the heroes of color in fantasy and sci-fi?
Through a panel discussion, we will explore the shortcoming of heroes of color in YA fantasy and sci-fi. We will discuss the roles of librarians, writers, and the publishing industry in promoting and encouraging a more diverse crop of protagonists and supporting characters. We will also speak to how the genre is a perfect place to explore diversity and provide resources for librarians to broaden their YA fantasy and sci-fi collections.
Presenters: Sarah Murphy, Kerry Roeder, Angela Ungaro Participating authors and editors: Amalie Howard, Guadalupe Garcia McCall, Joe Monti, and Cynthia Leitich Smith
Who gets to tell our stories? Authentic portrayals of Trans* Youth in YA Fiction
This panel will explore the growing field of literature being published for teens that has representations of trans* people. The panel will consist of myself, 3-5 authors (both trans* and cisgender) as well as 1-2 two teenagers. We will discuss the current crop of available novels, including ones that are widely read and reviewed as well as other ones that are not as well known. We will also explore whether or not it matters if the authors of these novels are themselves transgender and how that does or does not make a novel more authentic.
Presenters: Talya Sokoll Participating authors: Arin Anderson and Katie Hill
Whose Reality Gets Written?
The formula for YA fiction is no secret: Wrap a load of dysfunction in a layer of bleak despair and spice it up with little romantic angst. Problem is, that formula is a fantasy. Writers, editors, and readers are all making personal, particular choices. This panel will tackle these questions: Are certain realities over-represented? Are others under-represented? If so, why are some privileged while others are neglected? Does YA entail a different set of responsibilities than "adult" fiction? Who defines those responsibilities? Does narrow focus on a particular "here and now" doom books to irrelevance or rapid obsolescence?
Presenters/Participating authors: Svati Avasthi, Steve Brezenoff, Elizabeth Burns, E. M. Kokie, Andrew Karre, Blythe Woolston
Keeping it Really WEIRD (books for the fringe & reluctant readers)
Not all YA readers march to the same drummer. Some have a decidedly different point of view. This program will celebrate the diversity of all kids wonderfully weird and the books that keep them reading. By combining both fiction and nonfiction expertise, our session will cover all the freakish bases, from Roland Smith's CRYPTID HUNTERS to Kelly Milner Halls TALES OF THE CRYPTIDS and everything in between.
Presenters/Participating Authors: Kelly Milner Halls, Andrew Smith, Lisa Yee, Roland Smith, Jonathan Auxier, Joshua Gee, Bruce Coville, and moderated by Laurie Ann Thompson
You Are Welcome Here: Helping Conservative Teens to Navigate, Rather Than Skip, the YA Section
Should we ban the Hunger Games for its violence or abandon Shakespeare’s works for their sexual humor? Come join our conversation about how to engage young adults with literature that may be “touchy” and learn titles to recommend to teens who are interested in maintaining their religious identity, culture, and/or beliefs. Are there ways to save “troublesome” titles? What do you recommend to the teen who is serious about practicing her faith? We may not all agree on specifics, but we’ll give strategies for how to approach touchy subjects in a book group or classroom as well as titles to order and recommend so that you can help teens to find the right book!
Presenters: Nicole Jenks May, Laretta Henderson, Ph.D., Zaynab Martin, Dorene Alama
Keeping it Real: Sharing Poetry with Tweens & Teens
What is true and relevant in providing meaningful connections between students and poetry? As they are poised between childhood and adulthood, we seek out poems that are fresh and authentic, along with approaches that are engaging and interactive. This session will feature a diverse panel of published poets talking about their poetry, their process, and their inspiration, as well as the educator perspective on sharing poetry using the latest media and technology for promoting involvement and participation. A handout of works by panelists and related poetry teaching resources will be provided, plus time for final questions and responses.
Presenters/Participating authors: Sylvia Vardell, Janet Wong, Guadalupe Garcia McCall, Sara Holbrook, KA Holt, Michael Salinger, Jacqueline Woodson
Talking Bookcovers with Young Adults: Whitewashing, Sexism and More Explores the success of a program for 6th graders at the Bank Street School for Children in New York City. With their Librarian, Humanities teachers, and Diversity Director, students learn to recognize and address the implicit and explicit biases found in book covers and content. Students engage in conversations about identity, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, body image, class, and ability as they relate to books and beyond. Includes example lessons, photos, videos, and discussion questions.
Presenter: Allie Jane Bruce
Using Multicultural YA Literature to Examine the Impact of Racism on the Lives of Teens of Color
Many authors of young adult literature take a critical look at the impact of racism and poverty on the lived experiences of teens of color. Their characters are aware of the privileges white teens share and the institutionalized racism present in the economic, educational, and judicial system. In this presentation, participants will explore YA literature titles that explore the concept of white privilege and will discuss how these books can be used to give voice to teens of color and to allow teens in the dominant culture to see how the world looks from the perspective of someone else.
Presenter: Sandra Hughes-Hassell, Julie Stivers
Beyond the Books: Using Realistic YA Lit as a Springboard to Improved Teen Services
This session will provide attendees with ideas on creating and improving teen library services based on the issues teen characters face in realistic contemporary fiction and the real world. Using best practices from libraries and the LIS classroom, the presenter will highlight popular books for diverse teen audiences and plans for segueing from these titles into a variety of library and outreach opportunities. The second portion of the session will focus on breakout sessions for participant groups to use a variety of teen titles to brainstorm potential programs, classes, collaborations, and community events.
Presenters: Robin Fogle Kurz and Allie Stevens Participating authors: Evan Roskos, Stephanie Kuehn, Kekla Magoon, Meg Medina
Reaching Reluctant Readers: from creation to circulation
What types of books will transform reluctant readers into avid readers? What are the unique characteristics of books written for this reluctant reader audience? What are the best ways to promote reading to non-readers? This session starts where a reluctant reader book starts—the author—then follows it through the editing process and then what librarians can do to connect books to readers. Along the journey, learn about all aspects of books designed to hook the reluctant reader.
Presenters/Participating authors: Patrick Jones and Zack Moore
“You Are What You Read: Young Adult Literacy and Identity in Rural America,” Robin Moeller
“The Real Deal: Teen Characters with Autism in YA Novels,” Marilyn Irwin
“Mental Illness in Young Adult Fiction and Narrative Non-Fiction,” Diane Scrofano
“How Bibliotherapeutic works signifies importance with young adult readers,” Michelle Benoit
“Balancing your LGBTQ Collection,” Megan England
“Supporting Cyberbullied Young Adults Through Non-fiction,” Abigail Phillips
Beyond Eleanor and Park: The Lack of Socio-Economic Diversity in Young Adult Literature
What Happened to the Period?
Reality really?: A content analysis of selected Quick Picks titles
It Has To Be Real: Reader Connections in a Reading Workshop Classroom
Transracial Adoption and Racial Identity Development in YA Literature
Brains in chains: the experience of obsessive compulsive disorder in young adult novels
The Effects of Pinterest on Reading Attitudes in Adolescents
Finding Myself in Books: Representations of Youth in Foster Care in Young Adult Literature
Taking Off the Rose Tinted Glasses: Tell Me How it Really Is
Yesterday's Books for Today's Readers: A Collection Development Rationale with Recommendations
Events and Activities
Friday, November 14
6:30 – 8:00pm. Opening Reception, sponsored by Harper Collins. Meet and mingle with fellow YA literature enthusiast at this fun, informal event. Light refreshments along with beer, wine and soft drinks.
8:30-10:30pm. Tickets, $40. Boat Cruise. Grab a sweater and join us for a cocktail while we cruise beautiful Lady Bird Lake.
Saturday, November 15
Noon to 1:30, Tickets $45. Teens’ Top Ten Author Luncheon featuring Julie Kagawa, Lauren Oliver, and Maggie Stiefvater
5:30 – 7:00 Book Blitz! What’s more fun than the opportunity to meet and interact with dozens of YA authors? We can’t think of anything? At this event, each attendee will receive 3-5 free books, generously donated by the publishers, which can be signed by the authors. Light refreshments. Cash bar.
Sunday, November 16
Noon – 1:30 Closing session and Author Luncheon. Unwind after your busy weekend with colleagues and listen to a YA author talk about trends in YA literature.