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LSUS To Host First Annual Conference For Young Adult Literature-Louisiana

September 26, 2018
Author John Corey Whaley


SHREVEPORT, LA- LSUS is hosting the very first annual Conference for Young Adult Literature-Louisiana (CYALL) on November 2nd. Everyone is invited to attend. Registration is $15 for current students and $35 for others. Lunch will be provided. Educators, scholars and librarians will give presentations based on the theme, “Bridging the Classics.”  A tour of the new exhibit, The Young and the Restless: Literature for the Art of Growing Up, will also take place.

CYALL will be the first of its kind in our area. Brian Sherman, Dean of the library and conference organizer says the goal is to “create an opportunity…to discuss strategies and techniques that can be used to infuse young adult literature into the secondary school curriculum.” 

CYALL will feature author Corey Whaley, a native of the region, as its keynote speaker. Whaley won the Michael L. Printz and William C. Morris awards in 2012 for his young adult novel, Where Things Come Back. His second book, NOGGIN, was a 2014 finalist for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. His most recent work, Highly Illogical Behavior, a LAMBDA Award finalist, was published in 2016. Whaley currently lives and writes in Los Angeles. Whaley believes young adult literature holds importance to more than just teenagers.

 “Our stories transcend and blend genres and explore universal truths and experiences that any reader can identify with in which they can find some deeper connection. It’s important because there are very few better ways to teach someone empathy than through fiction,” Whaley said.

The Conference is also accepting applications for presenters until October 1st, giving regional college faculty, graduate students, librarians and high school teachers the opportunity to share their views and research on the genre.  

“This conference will explore young adult literature from an academic, pedagogical, and bibliographic point of view and we are accepting proposals for 12-15 minute presentations on topics concerning the connection between young adult literature and the standard works that we would find on a college or high school English/Language Arts syllabus,” Sherman said. “Papers might explore this connection from a scholarly or from a pedagogical perspective. Panel sessions of up to four panelists, as well as poster sessions are also encouraged.”

For more information about CYALL, go to or contact Brian Sherman at


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