CHICAGO — Librarians, educators, authors and fans of young adult literature won’t want to miss the biennial Young Adult Literature Symposium, Nov. 5-7, at the Albuquerque (N.M.) Marriott, hosted by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) with a theme of “Diversity, Literature & Teens: Beyond Good Intentions.” To take advantage of the lowest rates available, they must register by Sept. 17 at www.ala.org/yalitsymposium.
Registrants will save up to 25 percent over onsite registration fees, but only through Sept. 17. Early bird registration costs $195 for YALSA members, as well as 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. The advanced registration rate will apply to registrations made after Sept. 17.
Registration is available online at www.ala.org/yalitsymposium for those paying by credit card; those paying by check, money order or purchase order can download a registration form at www.ala.org/yalitsymposium to mail in. Mailed registrations must be postmarked by Sept. 17.
Rooms at the Albuquerque Marriott in Uptown Albuquerque are offered at a special rate for registrants of $99 per night. To find out how to reserve a hotel room and see the full list of registration rates, visit www.ala.org/yalitsymposium.
Registration for the symposium includes a welcome reception on Friday night, educational sessions on Saturday and Sunday, a happy hour on Saturday evening and a general closing session on Sunday. Details, including a preliminary program, are available at www.ala.org/yalitsymposium by clicking on “Programs and Special Events.”
YALSA will offer pre-symposium special events that require additional registration on Friday, including:
- a full-day preconference (“On Beyond Stonewall: The Uphill Journey of Young Adult Fiction with Gay/Lesbian/Queer Content, 1969-2010”)
- three mini forums on teen readers’ advisory, street lit and urban teens and fat acceptance in YA literature
- 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.
For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos and audio books for teens. For more information about YALSA or for lists of recommended reading, viewing and listening, go to www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail, email@example.com.