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Special Update: 2014 ALAN Workshop Panels

If you're trying to decide if this is going to be the year when you break down and attend the ALAN Workshop immediately following NCTE, the program described in this newsletter could well tip the balance. ALAN President Walter Mayes has done a superb job of planning panels on an array of topics. Read it all here and start making plans for two days you won't forget. 

Anne McLeod, Editor
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Is the Sky the Limit? Using Teen Literature to Forge Connections in a World Increasingly Without Boundaries

ALAN Workshop 2014 - National Harbor, MD


Is the Sky the Limit? Using Teen Literature to Forge Connections in a World Increasingly Without Boundaries

ALAN Workshop 2014 - National Harbor, MD

Day One: 
Monday, November 24, 2014


7:15 - 8:00 AM  - Registration


8:00 - 8:10 AM  - Welcome! Walter M. Mayes, ALAN President (2013-2014)                                                                  

8:10- 8:30 AM  - Keynote Speaker: Libba Bray (Little Brown Books for Young Readers)


8:30 - 9:05 AM  - Boys to Men: The Journey Through Male Adolescence in Contemporary Teen Literature

Eric Devine, Press Play (Running Press)

James McMullan, Leaving China: An Artist Paints His World War II Childhood (Algonquin)

Jason Reynolds,When I Was the Greatest (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

Andrew Smith, The Alex Crow (Penguin Young Readers Group)




9:05 - 9:35 AM  - Girls to Women: The Journey through Female Adolescence in Contemporary Teen Literature
Jenny Han, To All the Boys I've Loved Before (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

Dawn O'Porter, Paper Airplanes (Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS) 

Raina Telgemeier, Sisters (Graphix/Scholastic)




9:35 Booktalks!


9:40 - 10:10 AM - The Writing Process: From the Writer's Fingers to the Reader's Hands

Kwame Alexander, He Said, She Said (Amistad, HarperCollins)

Chris Lynch, Little Blue Lies (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)




10:10 - 10:25   BREAK


10:25 - 10:45 AM  - M.T. Anderson & Paolo Bacigalupi: In Conversation

M.T. Anderson, Feed (Candlewick)

Paolo Bacigalupi, The Doubt Factory (Little Brown Books for Young Readers)




10:45 - 11:25  - Celebrating Our True Identities: Personal Stories of Transgendered Teens and Their Families

Arin Andrews, Some Assembly Required: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers), accompanied by his mother, Denise Richter

Katie Hill, Rethinking Normal: A Memoir in Transition (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers), accompanied by her mother, Jazzlyn Hill

Susan Kuklin, Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out (Candlewick)





11:25 - 12:15 PM - Breakout Sessions                   

In a World of Disappearing Boundaries, Everything Old Is New Again: The On-Going Popularity of Fairy Tales as the Basis for Contemporary YA Literature

Lois Stover, Chair, Marymount University, Arlington, VA

Eva Thomas, Unionville/Chadds Ford School District, West Chester, PA

Connie Zitlow, Ohio Wesleyan University, Powell, OH

How Graphic Novels Connect Students to Social Justice Issues Worldwide

Michelle Falter, Chair, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Margaret Robbins, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Forging Connections Through Technology

Jennifer Shettel, Chair, Millersville University of PA, Lititz, PA

Lesley Colabucci, Millersville University of PA, Lancaster, PA

Jennifer Risser, Lampeter Strasburg School District - Martin Meylin Middle School, Lititz, PA

Pushing Against Boundaries in the Ivory Tower: Teachers of Young Adult Literature

Terri Suico, Chair, Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN

Kevin Cordi, Ohio Dominican University, Columbus, OH

Victor Malo-Juvera, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Linda Spears-Bunton, Florida International University, Miami, FL

Erin Buckingham, Saint Mary's College, Annapolis, MD

Caroline Corsones, University of Notre Dame/Saint Mary's College, Mendon, VT

Humanizing Emotional Disorders with Portrayals in Literature

Krystal Bailey, Brigham Young University alumni, Aubrey, TX

Divergent and Beyond! Exploring the World of Veronica Roth in a Simulated Universe with Unlimited Boundaries
Jeffrey Kaplan, Chair, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

Elsie Olan University of Central Florida, Winter Springs, FL

Yolanda Hood, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

From Recreational Reader to Preservice Practitioner: Using YA Literature with Preservice Teachers to Connect Theory and Practice

Jon Ostenson, Chair, Brigham Young University, Highland, UT

Dawan Coombs, Brigham Young University, Draper, UT

Middle School Readers: Celebrating the "Young" in Young Adult Literature

Nancy Johnson, Chair, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA

Scott Riley, Singapore American School, Camden, ME

What a Girl Wants: Mapping the Evolution of Female Sexuality through the Eras of Contemporary Young Adult Literature
Jennifer Hubert Swan, Chair, Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School, New York, NY

Laura Lutz, Convent of the Sacred Heart, New York, NY

Defying the Censors in Defense of Democracy

Wendy Glenn, Co-Chair, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

Barbara Ward, Co-Chair, Washington State University, Pullman, WA

David Gill, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, NC

Teri Lesesne, Sam Houston State University, Montgomery, TX

Mark Letcher, Purdue University Calumet, Crown Point, IN

Reagan Mauk, Holy Shelter Middle School, Wilmington, NC


12:15 - 1:00 PM  - Lunch


1:00 - 1:30 PM  - Format, Content, & Style: Differences as Bridges, not Boundaries

Adele Griffin, The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone (Soho Press)

David Lubar, Character Driven (Tor Teen)

Pam Mu´┐Żoz Ryan, Echo (Scholastic Press Novel/Scholastic)



1:30 - 2:00 PM  -  Online Fandom, Gaming, and Social Networking: 
How the Virtual World Is a Bridge to the Literary World

Melissa de la Cruz, Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Prequel (Disney Publishing Worldwide)

C.J. Farley, Game World (Akashic Books)

Sarah Mlynowski, Don't Even Think About It (Random House)



2:00  Booktalks!


2:05 - 2:40 PM  - Do Not Look Away!: Why Books about Violence, Drugs, and Mental Illness Are Essential to Our Teens

Kekla Magoon, How It Went Down (Henry Holt / Macmillan Children's Publishing Group)

G. Neri, Knockout Games (Carolrhoda Lab)

Lauren Oliver, Panic (HarperCollins)

Meg Wolitzer, Belzhar (Penguin Young Readers Group)




2:40 - 2:55 PM - Break  


2:55 - 3:15 PM  - E. Lockhart & Fiona Wood: In Conversation

E. Lockhart, We Were Liars (Random House)

Fiona Wood, Wildlife (Little Brown Books for Young Readers)




3:15 - 4:00 PM  - Common Core: Bridge or Barrier? The Opportunities Presented by Using Vibrant Nonfiction Books in the Classroom                              
Andrew Aydin, March: Book 1 (Top Shelf)

Loree Griffin Burns, Beetle Busters (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Sy Montgomery, Chasing Cheetahs (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

George O'Connor, Olympians (First Second / Macmillan Children's Publishing Group)

Elizabeth Rusch, The Next Wave (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Steve Sheinkin, The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights (Roaring Brook Press / Macmillan Children's Publishing Group)





4:00 - 4:20 PM  - Jennifer Donnelly & Marie Rutkoski: In Conversation

Jennifer Donnelly, Deep Blue (Disney-Hyperion)

Marie Rutkoski, The Winner's Trilogy (Farrar, Straus and Giroux / Macmillan Children's Publishing Group)




4:20  Booktalks!


4:25 - 5:10 PM  - 2014 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Panel 

The 2014 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award honors exemplary titles published in 2013 that have strong literary merit, widespread appeal, and a positive approach to life.- Chaired by Kellee Moye

Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award 2014 Winner: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (St. Martin's Griffin)




Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award 2014 Honor Books

Jumped In by Patrick Flores-Scott (Henry Holt / Christy Ottaviano Books)

The Milk of Birds by Sylvia Whitman (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)

Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg (Arthur A. Levine Books)

Winger by Andrew Smith (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)




5:10 PM - Closing

Day Two: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Please note: There is no lunch break today; we end at 2:00 PM

8:00 - 8:15 AM  - Membership Chair, TAR Editors, and Nilsen-Donelson Award

Karin Perry, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX

Wendy Glenn, Ricki Ginsberg, and Danielle King, University of Connecticut

Mary Arnold, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Maple Heights, OH


8:15 - 8:35 AM  - Coe Booth & Christopher Paul Curtis: In Conversation

Coe Booth, Kinda Like Brothers (Scholastic Press Novel/Scholastic)

Christopher Paul Curtis, The Madman of Piney Woods (Scholastic Press Novel/Scholastic)




8:35  Booktalks!

8:40 - 9:10 AM  - Fantastic Genre Fiction: The Bridge from Our World to Other Worlds

Colleen Gleason, The Spiritglass Charade (Chronicle Books)

Brandon Sanderson, The Rithmatist (Tor Teen)

Cat Winters, The Cure for Dreaming (Amulet Books)



9:10 - 9:50 AM  - Parent & Child: Writing as an Examination of Boundaries with Your Own Child

Ying Compestine & Vinson Compestine, Secrets of the Terra Cotta Soldier (Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS)

Clare Dunkle & Elena Dunkle, Hope and Other Luxuries and Vanishing Girl (Chronicle Books)

Neal Shusterman, Challenger Deep (HarperCollins), accompanied by his son, Brendan



9:50 - 10:25 AM  - How to Make an Award-Winning (and Terrifying) Audio Book:  How a Writer, a Narrator, and a Producer Collaborate, and How Teachers Can Use Audio to Enrich the Lives of Readers and Nonreaders

Daniel Kraus, author, Scowler (Listening Library)

Kirby Heyborne, narrator, Scowler (Listening Library)

Kelly Gildea, producer, Scowler (Listening Library)

- Moderated by Teri Lesesne, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX



10:25 - 10:40 PM  - Break  

10:40 - 11:15 AM- Outsider Culture as a Connection: Struggling to Find One's Place

Atia Abawi, The Secret Sky (Penguin Young Readers Group)

Patricia Dunn, Rebels by Accident (Sourcebooks)

Tanuja Desai Hidier, Bombay Blues, (Scholastic Press Novel/Scholastic)

James Klise, The Art of Secrets (Algonquin)



11:15  - 11:45 PM  - Music

Mary Amato, Get Happy (Egmont USA)

Frank Portman, King Dork Approximately (Random House)
Len Vlahos, The Scar Boys (Egmont USA) 



11:45 AM - 12:15 PM  - Historical Fiction

Megan Frazer Blakemore, The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill (Bloomsbury)

Graham Salisbury, Hunt for the Bamboo Rat (Random House)

Dana Walrath, Like Water on Stone (Random House)


12:15  Booktalks!

12:20 - 1:20 PM  - A Master Class on Young Adult Literature with
  Chris Crowe & Don Gallo

1:20 - 1:40 PM  - Closing Keynote Speaker: Victoria Stapleton (Little Brown Books for Young Readers)

1:40 - 1:55 PM  - Walter M. Mayes - Synthesis


1:55 - 2:00 PM  - The Handing Over

Walter Mayes, ALAN President 2014

Daria Plumb, ALAN President 2015 

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