Purpose: To provide a venue for educators, librarians, library workers, students, authors, publishers and others interested in young adult literature to gather and explore the depth and breadth of this vibrant and growing genre.
Theme: The 2014 symposium theme is Keeping it Real: Finding the True Teen Experience in YA Literature. 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?