Just over 13 months to go and I have already started counting down to the next YA Lit Symposium! I don't know about the rest of you, but this conference is the highlight of my year. I have been there from the beginning, In 2008, I was moved by Gene Yang talking about how comics are a partnership between the reader and writer. In 2010, I was verkept as I listened to Ellen Hopkins talk about the letters she gets from readers every day. And I can't wait to find out what wonderful memories I will take home from St. Louis in 2012 after The Future of Young Adult Literature: Hit Me with the Next Big Thing.
The theme this year is something that really excites me, the future and I can't wait to see how presenters, panels and researchers will interpret this theme. On days like to day, after a return from a 2 week vacation, I feel like I am just trying to survive until tomorrow. But the future is coming, whether we are prepared or not, so lets take a weekend to look into our crystal ball and share with each other what we see.
405 days til I see you in St. Louis!
2012 YA Literature Symposium Taskforce Chair