I was lucky enough this past weekend to present at YALSA’s 2012 Young Adult Literature Symposium in St. Louis. It was a fantastic weekend of networking, encouragement, information sharing, and delightful conversations with authors and all of my colleagues. The YA Lit Symposium allows me to make new friends, especially those fellow colleagues who I may never see at the larger annual conferences, and of course I get to catch up with old friends too.
Without further ado, here are the components of the presentation give by myself and three colleagues, Liz Burns, Leslee Friedman, and Aja Romano, on the connections between young adult literature and fandom. I wish I could say we had audio of the entire presentation, but alas, you will have to make do with the handout, presentation, and my teen interviews. Hopefully it will give those who couldn’t attend at least an idea of what we discussed.
Much of the presentation contains data from the survey I conducted this year (which you can still see and take here). I am currently working on writing this up for publication through YALSA, so I’ll give everyone a heads up when that article goes live.
Thanks to all who attended, and if anyone has any questions, please do let me know by commenting here or shooting me an email at robin at noflyingnotights dot com.
HUGE thanks to my fellow panelists: Liz Burns, Leslee Friedman, and Aja Romano. I couldn’t have done it without you all!
YA Fandom Handout (PDF)