YALSA blog: Concluding thoughts about YALSA’s 2010 YA Lit Symposium

November 9, 2010

All right, I promise this is my last post about YALSA’s 2010 YA Lit Symposium. Now that I’ve written all about each session I attended and had time to digest and discuss a little bit, I posted some final thoughts about themes that ran throughout all those sessions.

This symposium was a really great experience. I had a lot of fun, met some awesome people, and learned a lot. And oh man the author signing and happy hour on Saturday afternoon was so great! We each got a tote bag and five tickets and once the doors opened and we were let in, we were able to exchange each ticket for a signed copy of a book by the authors at the symposium. I walked away with copies of Looks by Madeline George, The Social Experiments of Dorie Dilts: The School for Cool by PG Kain, Ash by Malinda Lo, Girl Coming in for a Landing by April Halprin Wayland (and I got to tell her I love her picture books, too!), and Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can’t Have by Allen Zadoff. I wish I’d been able to get Christina Diaz Gonzales’s The Red Umbrella or Ruta Sepetys’s Between Shades of Gray, but alas, the lines and the layout of the room and the number of tickets conspired against me. I really, really appreciated that we got time to talk to authors and get their books without having to pay for an additional event.

Anyway, since I’m going to be going to both Annual 2012 and Midwinter 2013, I’m not sure yet if I’ll be able to go to the third YA Lit Symposium in St Louis in 2012, but I so hope I can go. This was such a fantastic conference!

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  • 1. Fiona  |  November 9, 2010 at 11:52 PM

    Thanks Gretchen for your wonderful summaries of the sessions you attended at the symposium. Sounds like it was extremely interesting and beneficial.

  • 2. Tweets that mention Libra&hellip  |  November 10, 2010 at 12:25 AM

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  • 3. April Halprin Wayland  |  November 14, 2010 at 3:37 AM

    And now I have the chance to thank you for your symposium summaries! Lovely to meet you (for a blink of the eye!)

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