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LSU Shreveport will host the second annual Conference for Young Adult Literature Louisiana

November 01, 2019

LSU Shreveport will host the second annual Conference for Young Adult Literature Louisiana

Claudia Gray, keynote speaker for CYALL conference                        


LSU Shreveport is hosting the second annual Conference for Young Adult Literature Louisiana (CYALL) next month. The conference, made possible by a grant from the Noel Foundation, will take place in the LSUS UC Theater Friday, November 8, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will also be a keynote lecture and tour of the current Noel Collection exhibit at 4:15 p.m at the Noel Memorial Library.

This year’s Keynote Speaker, Claudia Gray, is a young adult novelist and NY Times bestselling author, known for her fantasy and science fiction novels, including A Thousand Pieces of You, the Evernight series and her Star Wars novels, Star Wars: Lost Stars, Star Wars: Bloodline, Leia, Princess of Alderaan and Star Wars: Master and Apprentice.

CYALL’s mission is to create an opportunity for educators, librarians, scholars, and students to discuss strategies and techniques that can be used to infuse young adult literature into the secondary school curriculum. It also serves as a forum to discuss, demonstrate, and champion learning strategies in teaching young adult literature and discuss trends currently in the format. The goal is to provide advocates with avenues to help teens overcome adversity in their lives through the development of programming and spaces that allow young adults to learn and grow. Registration is $15.00 for students and $35.00 for teachers and members of the public. Lunch will be provided.

 “Young adult literature represents a segment of popular culture and media that is tremendously important because it speaks to a poignant transition point in life that everyone experiences,” said Brian Sherman, the Dean of the Noel Memorial Library. “So many feelings, experiences, emotions, and decisions are taking place during young adulthood, but it’s without the benefit of life experience, which an adult would have. That’s why young adult literature is important because it relates to the immediacy of being a young adult. It’s idealistic, relevant, and relatable to experiences or emotions we go through at that age.”.

This conference has been the dream of Dean Sherman for quite some time, who teaches the young adult literature class for secondary education majors at LSUS, and formerly taught the course at McNeese State University. “We’re hoping through this conference that attendees will take away ideas to relate concepts taught in the classroom with modern young adult literature, as well provide examples of how to connect literature to young adults.” said Sherman.


Information for the Conference and Conference Sessions can be found at:

Registration is at:

Sponsored by the Noel Memorial Library, the LSUS Foundation, and the Noel Foundation.

Media contacts

Dean of Noel Memorial Library Brian Sherman, 318-798-4117

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