YALSA is seeking program proposals and paper presentations for its 2014
Young Adult Literature Symposium, Keeping it Real: Finding the True Teen
Experience in YA Literature, to be held October 31 - November 2, 2014 in
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.  In what ways 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?  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?
Join YALSA as we explore what is 'real' in young adult literature.  


YALSA invites interested parties to propose 90-minute programs centering
on the theme, as well as paper presentations offering new, unpublished
research relating to the theme. Applications for all proposals can be
found at  (click "Propose a
Paper/Program"). Proposals for programs and paper presentations must be
completed online by Nov. 1, 2013. Applicants will be notified of their
proposals' status the week of Jan. 12, 2014.  





Beth Yoke, CAE

Executive Director

Young Adult Library Services Association

50 E. Huron St. Chicago, IL 60611

1.800.545.2433 x4391

fax: 312.280.5276

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