Early bird registration now open for YALSA’s YA Lit Symposium

Contact: Stephanie Kuenn

Communications Specialist




For Immediate Release

April 13, 2010

CHICAGO —The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) opened registration for its second Young Adult Literature Symposium, Nov. 5–7, at the Albuquerque Marriott in Albuquerque, N.M. Early bird pricing begins at $195 for YALSA members and is available until Sept. 10, after advanced registration pricing will apply. Registration is available at

The 2010 theme is “Diversity, Literature, and Teens: Beyond Good Intentions.” The Young Adult Literature Symposium is funded in part by the William C. Morris Endowment.

“The theme is ripe for large and small group conversations and chances to learn how to build, market and advocate for diverse library collections for teens,” said Linda W. Braun, YALSA president. “Anyone interested in topics such as street lit, GLBTQ literature for teens or connecting religious teens to literature will find something of interest.”

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 and
  • 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.

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. Rooms at the Albuquerque Marriott 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

YALSA also created a Ning for the symposium at http://yalsayalitsymp10.ning.com. The ning aims to help librarians, teachers, and others interested in the symposium connect to other others who plan to attend or who are simply interested in the topic and would like to connect to colleagues and peers virtually.

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,