Help Keep It Real at the Next YALSA Lit Symposium

YALSA Lit Symposium

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. ‘ Join YALSA as we discuss what is ‘real’ in YA lit.

  • 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?’  Continue reading