Conference Will Present Ideas on 'With-It' Literature

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Byline: Melissa Jenco

When it comes to teaching young adult literature in schools, Becky Anderson says it's time to replace some of the old standbys with more contemporary authors students can relate to.

Teachers and librarians will learn just how to go about that at Anderson's Bookshop's fourth annual Young Adult Literature Conference from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Holiday Inn Select, 1801 N. Naper Blvd., Naperville.

"The whole point of the conference is how to get new, cool literature integrated into the curriculum," bookshop owner Anderson said. "Kids will relate better than the tried and true stuff that's been around since our parents' and grandparents' time."

Anderson said anyone with a love of young adult literature will find the day enlightening and entertaining.

Featured authors and speakers this year include Sherman Alexie, author of "Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian"; Christopher Paul Curtis, who won the Newbery Medal for "Bud, not Buddy"; Sonya Sones, who penned novels in verse such as "One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies"; Chris Crutcher, author of "Ironman"; and Robert Sharenow, vice president of nonfiction and alternative programming at the A&E network.

"There's nothing like meeting the author behind the books," Anderson said. …