The Young Adult Literature Symposium Paper Presentations

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In November 2008, YALSA hosted its first Young Adult Literature Symposium in Nashville, Tennessee, with a theme of "How We Read Now." The symposium featured five authors presenting four papers on various aspects of young adult literature, designed to promote discussion of current issues in young adult literature. The four papers offered research and interesting viewpoints on:

* The treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered or questioning teens in YA lit ("Accept the Universal Freak Show," by Angle Manfredi)

* How manga attracts more girls to reading through unconventional narratives ("Are You There God? It's Me, Manga" Manga as an Extension of Young Adult Literature" by Lisa Goldstein and Molly Phelan)

* Reaching incarcerated teens through young adult literature ("Bullies, Gangs and Books for Young Adults" by Stan Steiner)

* Using young adult literature as a basis for teens to gain insight into our current culture ("The Age of Blank? Connecting Young Adult Readers to Each Other and The World by Thomas Philion).

The full-text of the presented papers are available in this supplement to Young Adult Library Services.

Five authors contributed papers for the symposium:

* Angie Manfredi is the Head of Youth Services for the Los Alamos County Library System in New Mexico. She is an active member of YALSA and the GLBT Roundtable and 2007 graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi SLIS program. …

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