YALSA is now seeking program proposals and paper presentation for the 2014 Symposium: Keeping it Real: Finding the True Teen Experience in YA Literature.
Librarians, educators, researchers, authors, and publishers will 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 in 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 area of identity and sex(uality) being explored in YA literature and nonfiction?
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interested parties to propose 90-minute programs centering on the theme, as well as paper presentations offering new, unpublished research relating to the theme.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 www.ala.org/yalitsymposium. Proposals will be accepted until November 1, 2013.
Any questions about the Symposium can be directed to me at:
Nichole (Gilbert) O'Connor
YALSA Program Officer for Events and Conferences
1(800)545-2433 ext. 4387