Advanced registration ends Oct. 3 for YALSA’s Young Adult Literature Symposium

Stephanie Kuenn

YALSA Communications Specialist



For Immediate Release

September 30, 2008

CHICAGO — Advanced registration ends Oct. 3 for the inaugural Young Adult Literature Symposium, Nov. 7–9, at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville, Tenn., presented by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Registrants will save more than 10 percent over onsite registration fees. Registration is available at

The symposium, funded in part by the William C. Morris Endowment, will take place biennially beginning this year. The 2008 theme is “How We Read Now.” The symposium begins with a preconference focusing on illustrated materials for teens, followed by two days of programs, poster sessions and receptions. Details, including a preliminary program, are available at by clicking on “Programs & Presentations.” Unfortunately, both the Friday preconference and the Saturday genre luncheon are sold out, and YALSA is unable to accept any more names on the waiting list.

“Attendees will be able to immerse themselves completely in the literature programs on a broad range of topics, from fandom to curriculum connections, to urban lit,” said Sarah Cornish Debraski, YALSA president. “Expect very refreshing takes on literature and teens—you’ll be sure to come away inspired.”

Advanced registration costs $245 for members of YALSA, the Tennessee Library Association and the Tennessee Association of School Librarians; $295 for ALA personal members; $350 for nonmembers; and $50 for students, who must be enrolled full-time in a library and information science program. Prices will go up to the onsite rates for registrations made online, faxed or postmarked after Oct. 3.

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, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail at