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1 HOW WE READ NOW 2008 YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE SYMPOSIUM YALSA: Young Adult Library Services Assocation Nashville, Tennessee Nov. 7-9, 2008 Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium, Nashville

2 These are the workshops that were presented at the symposium. The ones Ms. Andronik attended are highlighted in red. PRECONFERENCE Friday, Nov. 7 Picturing the Story: Teens Get Your Library SESSION 1 Saturday, Nov. 8, 8:30-10 a.m. Listening is Reading: Teens Choose Books Out Loud Audiobooks, podcasts, etc. Never Enough Nonfiction Speakers included Gillian Engberg, Managing Editor, Books for Youth, Booklist; Tim Jones, Assistant Director, Marketing, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers; Susan Kuklin, author; David Mowery, Division Manager, Youth Services, Brooklyn Public Library, N.Y.; Luann Toth, Managing Editor, Book Review, School Library Journal. O f special interest was Susan Kuklins description of how she came to research and write her latest book, No Choirboy, based on her interviews with teens incarcerated for capital crimes.

3 Thrilling Young Adults: How to Keep the Attention of Todays Teens Featured authors: Margaret Peterson Haddix; Patrick Jones. SESSION II Saturday, Nov. 8, 10:30 a.m. – noon Books between Cultures Speaker: Mitali Perkins, author Ms. Perkins was born in India. When she was very young, her family moved to New York, and then to California; she now lives in Boston. Her novels (Monsoon Summer; The Not-So-Star- Spangled Life of Sunita Sen) feature young characters dealing with prejudices, stereotypes, ideals of beauty they dont fit into, and generational culture clash. Paper Presentations Librarians who work with teens present their work on topics ranging from manga to gang culture.

4 Reading: Its Not Just about Books Anymore Speaker: Linda W. Braun, Educational Technology Consultant, Librarians & Educators Online, N.Y. SESSION III Saturday, Nov. 8, 1:30 – 3 p.m. Beyond the Rainbow Canon: Books for LGBT Teens Speakers: Angie Miraflor, Teen Services Librarian, and Daisy Porter, Senior Librarian, San Jose Public Library, CA Daisy and Angie talked about library services for straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, and questioning teens. Their top ten must-read gay YA novels: Absolutely, Positively Not! David LaRochelle (BMHS owns) Boy Meets Boy David Levithan (BMHS owns) Girl Blake Nelson Gravel Queen Tea Benduhn (BMHS owns) The Manny Files Christian Burch The Necessary Hunger Nina Revoyr Nick & Norahs Infinite Playlist Rachel Cohn & David Levithan (BMHS owns) Pages for You Sylvia Brownrigg The Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky (BMHS owns) Prep Curtis Sittenfeld

5 Connections: YA Literature and Curriculum Speaker: Jane P. Fenn, Librarian, Corning-Painted Post West High School, Painted Post, N.Y. Fandom, Fan Life, and Participatory Culture How to use the elements of participatory culture to plan interactive, teen-friendly programs for your librarians and classrooms. SESSION IV Saturday, Nov. 8, 3:30 – 5 p.m. Inside the Authors Studio: Printz Award Winners Speakers: Joel Shoemaker, Teacher Librarian, South East Junior High, Iowa City, Iowa; Terry Trueman, author; Gene Luen Yang, author. Following the format of the Bravo TV program Inside the Actors Studio, Joel Shoemaker moderates a discussion of the works of two Printz Award-winning authors, including questions from the audience. Trueman is the author of Stuck in Neutral (about the rich inner life of a boy with severe disabilities) and Inside Out. Yang won the Printz Award for his semi-autobiographical American-Born Chinese, the first graphic novel to be so honored.

6 Just Keepin It Real: Teens Reading Out of the Mainstream Speaker: Rollie Welch, Collection Manager, Cleveland Public Library Addressing inner city teens reading tastes…centering on the action- driven plots of realistic fiction, the draw of graphic novels and …the booming market of street lit. Zine-a-paloosa 2008: Teens and Zines! Speaker: Julie Bartel, Library Director, Judge Memorial Catholic High School, Salt Lake City, UT The varied voices, creative presentation, and DIY ethic of zines makes them a perfect addition to the participatory culture of blogs and youtube, with a cut-and- paste, hold-in-your hands twist with proven teen appeal.

7 SESSION I Sunday, November 9, 8:30 – 10 a.m. Hit List or Hot List: How Teens Read Now Speakers: Coe Booth, author; RoseMary Chance and Teri Lesesne, Professors of Library Science, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX; Barry Lyga, author; Julie Anne Peters, author. Some of the novels most likely to generate a teen following are also the most likely to be challenged or banned in certain communities. Coe Booth has written Tyrell and Kendra, about inner-city youth. Barry Lygas Boy Toy, about a teen molested by a teacher, is hard to find in mainstream bookstores despite excellent reviews and publicity. Julie Anne Peters novel Luna tackles the difficult subject of a transgender teen with lyrical grace.

8 Quickest of YALSAs Quick Picks Speakers: Diana Tixier Herald, Library Media Coordinator, Mesa Valley School District, Grand Junction, CO; David Lubar, author; Diane Monnier, Library Youth Services Consultant Each year YALSA publishes a list of quick picks: surefire teen hits. Booktalks are a great way to introduce teens to these selections. Teen Readers Advisory: How Research Informs Practice Speakers: Michael Cox, Youth/Teen Librarian, Pueblo City- County Library District, CO; Jessica Moyer, Doctoral Student, Literacy Education, University of Minnesota Twin Cities. How does adolescent reading research…influence readers advisory services to teens? Real life video examples of YA RA interviews created by Michael Cox…accompany the presentation. CLOSING GENERAL SESSION Sunday, Nov. 9, 10:30 – noon Speakers: Kevin J. Anderson, author; Rebecca Moesta, author.

9 And yes, being in Nashville, Ms. Andronik did manage to get tickets to the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Auditorium. It was like watching rather than listening to Garrison Keillors Prairie Home Companion, only with a more country-western flavor! Among the headliners were Kevin Costner ( yes, THAT Kevin Costner, who is following in the footsteps of Joaquin Phoenix and trying his hand at music instead of acting for a change of pace), Mel Tillis, and Randy Travis. Fans of the genre tell me the latter two are major country stars. NASHVILLES GRAND OLE OPRY

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