I'm so excited to be attending the first-ever YA Lit Symposium. Considering that I became a librarian, and then a teen librarian, because of my love of reading and my interest in teen literature, an event dedicated to the best research, practices, and ideas in young adult reading.
At this point, I'm most excited about the presentation by Carlie Webber and Liz Burns, "Fandom, Fan Life, and Participatory Culture." I spoke on this topic at this year's Maryland Library Association's annual conference, and I'm eager to see what Liz and Carlie discuss. The fact that they're some of my closest friends also helps.
I'm also intrigued by presentations such as "Books Between Cultures" and "Just Keepin' It Real: Teens Reading Out of the Mainstream." There's also all the great opportunities for networking, thanks to tonight's Networking Reception and tomorrow night's Authors' Happy Hour.
I'll be semi-live blogging the presentations I attend and the ideas I discover during this weekend. By semi-live, I mean that I'll be writing posts during or immediately after the presentation, and then posting to Blogger. Many thanks to YALSA for arranging complimentary wireless access in the Internet Lounge!