Explore the universe of teen reading at YALSA’s full-day preconference

Contact: Stephanie Kuenn

Communications Specialist, YALSA

(312) 280-2128



For Immediate Release

March 17, 2009

CHICAGO — Join the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), at Genre Galaxy, its full-day preconference on July 10 at the ALA’s Annual Conference, and discover how to connect to teen library users with books. Authors scheduled to appear include Holly Black (“The Spiderwick Chronicles,” “The Good Neighbors, Book One: Kin”), Cecil Castellucci (“Janes in Love,” “Beige”), David Lubar (“Sleeping Freshman Never Lie,” “True Talents”) and Dom Testa (“The Comet’s Curse”).

Attendees will focus on books that explore five genres surging in popularity with young adults: urban fiction, science fiction and fantasy, nonfiction, mysteries with horror and thrilling elements and romance that incorporates humor or sports. They will experience literacy activities and sample programs based on teen books, as well as learn tips for collection development.

This full-day preconference takes place July 10, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tickets cost $195 for YALSA members, $235 for ALA members, $285 for nonmembers and $195 for student and retired members. Lunch is included. Registration for ALA Annual Conference is not required to attend the YALSA preconference. Registration is available at

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,