Early bird registration for YALSA’s Young Adult Literature Symposium ends Sept. 1

Stephanie Kuenn

YALSA Communications Specialist




For Immediate Release

August 19, 2008

CHICAGO — Early bird registration ends Sept. 1 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 25 percent over advanced and 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 Picturing the Story: Teens Get Graphic @ your library, a preconference focusing on illustrated materials for teens, followed by two days of programs, poster sessions and receptions. Registrants can also sign up for the optional Genre Luncheon on Saturday, in which they can meet and mingle with young adult authors over lunch. Details, including a preliminary program, are available at
www.ala.org/yalitsymposium by clicking on “Programs & Presentations.”

Early bird registration costs $195 for YALSA members, as well as members of the Tennessee Library Association and the Tennessee Association of School Librarians; $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. Registrants can attend the preconference for an additional $75. Rooms at the Millennium Maxwell House are offered at a special rate for registrants of $119 per night.

To find out how to reserve a hotel room and see the full list of registration rates, visit

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 by e-mail,