Registration is now open for YALSA’s Young Adult Literature Symposium, Nov. 5–7, at the Albuquerque Marriott in Albuquerque, N.M. Early bird pricing begins at $195 for YALSA members and is available until Sept. 10. Registration is available at

The 2010 theme is “Diversity, Literature, and Teens: Beyond Good Intentions.” The Young Adult Literature Symposium is funded in part by the William C. Morris Endowment. Today’s generation of teens is the most diverse ever. Does today’s young adult literature reflect the many different faces, beliefs and identities of today’s teens? What impact is this generation having on young adult literature and vice versa?’ Join YALSA as we explore the depth and breadth of contemporary literature in search of an answer to these questions.

YALSA will offer pre-symposium special events that require additional registration on Friday, November 5, including a full-day preconference (“On Beyond Stonewall: The Uphill Journey of Young Adult Fiction with Gay/Lesbian/Queer Content, 1969-2010”) and three mini forums (on teen readers’ advisory, street lit and urban teens, and fat acceptance in YA literature) and hot air balloon rides. On Saturday, registrants can add the Bill Morris Memorial Author Luncheon and a reception and tour of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center to their registration.

Early bird registration costs $195 for YALSA members and members of the New Mexico Library Association; $245 for ALA personal members; $300 for nonmembers; and $50 for students, who must be enrolled full-time in a library and information science program. Rooms at the Albuquerque Marriott are offered at a special rate for registrants of $99 per night. You can also enjoy discounts on airfare through United.

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Questions? Contact us at or 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4390.

About Stephanie Kuenn

Stephanie Kuenn is the communications specialist for YALSA, where she is responsible for YALSA's web content, publications, and media relations. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in library and information studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds an M.S. from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a B.A. in history and journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She enjoys baking, watching sports, and reading. Her favorite book is "All the King's Men" by Robert Penn Warren.

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