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)

The presentation:


Teen Interviews:

  • Robin B.

    | She/Her Teen Librarian, Public Library of Brookline

    Editor in Chief

    Robin E. Brenner is Teen Librarian at the Brookline Public Library in Massachusetts. She has chaired the American Library Association Great Graphic Novels for Teens Selection List Committee, the Margaret A. Edwards Award Committee, and served on the Michael L. Printz Award Committee. She is currently the President of the Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table for ALA. She was a judge for the 2007 Eisner awards, helped judge the Boston Globe Horn Book Awards in 2011, and contributes to the Good Comics for Kids blog at School Library Journal. She regularly gives lectures and workshops on graphic novels, manga, and anime at comics conventions including New York and San Diego Comic-Con and at the American Library Association’s conferences. Her guide, Understanding Manga and Anime (Libraries Unlimited, 2007), was nominated for a 2008 Eisner Award.

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