For immediate release | September 21, 2010

Advanced registration open for YALSA’s YA Lit Symposium

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 YALSA’s advanced registration rate — a $25 savings over onsite registration for ALA members — they must register by Oct. 8 at

The symposium will offer attendees a chance to network with librarians and educators from across the country, meet more than 30 YA authors, learn about current trends in young adult literature and much more. Attendees will receive a certificate for their employer demonstrating that they have received more than 12 contact hours.

Registrants will save up to $25 over onsite registration fees, but only through Oct. 8. Advanced registration costs $245 for YALSA members or members of the New Mexico Library Association; $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. The onsite registration rate will apply to registrations made online or postmarked after Oct. 8.

Registration is available online at for those paying by credit card; those paying by check, money order or purchase order can download a registration form at to mail in.

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

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 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.

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,


Stephanie Kuenn