The YA Literature Symposium is still 4 months away, but that doesn't mean we can't start thinking about the future of young adult literature this weekend at ALA Annual in sunny Anaheim, Cal. Here are some sessions you might be interested in:
Have always wanted to be on a YALSA book selection committee but couldn't bring yourself to dedicating a full year to reading? Participants in this preconference will evaluate dozens of YA books, explore the styles and themes of YA fiction through recent years, and make educated guesses on which titles will have staying power. The goal is to pick the one book that will have staying power and be read 45 years from now in the year 2057! Why 45 years? The Outsiders is still being widely read and it was written in 1967, 45 years ago. A list of books that will be discussed will be sent to participants in advance.
Authors panel of Kenneth Oppel, Kendare Blake, Jackson Pearce, and Cindy Pon will discuss the genre appeal of paranormal fiction for young adults and how they've each taken a fresh approach to the genre. Attendees will hear about what the YA paranormal genre has to offer than with a chance to hear about the wide variety of styles and contents within the genre. The panel will give particular insight in how approaching this best-selling genre from a unique perspective makes it even more relevant and interesting to a diverse audience of teen readers.
Always a popular session, this is a chance for librarians and publishers to hear what teens really think are the best books of the year. You can follow the discussion live on twitter with the #bfya hashtag or the live coverage on The Hub, YALSA's teen literature blog.
Then of course you can always be a fly on wall for these committee meetings: