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The Blog of Gene Luen Yang - 2008 Young Adult Literature Symposium
2008 Young Adult Literature Symposium 

Just got back from YALSA's very first Young Adult Literature Symposium ever. It was a pretty wonderful experience. I got to hang out with such YA lit luminaries as Barry Lyga, Kaza Kingsley, and Margaret Peterson Haddix. I even got to share the stage with Terry Trueman, an incredibly charming mixture of hyperactivity and genius, both in person and in letter.

Then, of course, there were the librarians. I think I'm going to start praying that one of my kids become a librarian the way old school Catholic parents used to pray that one of their kids become a nun or priest. I always come away from a room full of librarians feeling inspired.

Some folks at the conference asked about the Powerpoint I used during my pre-conference keynote. You can download it here for the next seven days.

Administrator (Gene Yang) 
Joel - Thanks for hosting! I had a GREAT time with you and Terry.

Jenny - Everything you said was correct!

Francisca - We missed you! Sorry to hear about all the trouble you had getting to the conference. Your colleagues did a wonderful job, though.

Sue - Thanks for visiting! The factoring comic is here:


Joel Shoemaker 
You were a fabulous guest in the Writer's Studio session, Gene. Thanks for sharing.

In your YALSA presentation, I understand that you said your Rosary Comic Book was a Lentian pursuit, that rather than give up something you love (like comics) for Lent you used what you loved to explore this 40-day tradition. Could I ask you to confirm that for me? Thanks!

Gene, In spite of missing this in person, I am thrilled to have been able to "get" it now! And that a Catholic parent's prayer that his child grow up to be an info priest (aka librarian) totally cracks me up! Thank you a thousand-fold!

In your presentation at YALSA you mentioned a cartoon that you did for factoring. I thought you said it was on your website, but I'm not finding it. Can I get a copy of it to share with my math teachers? Thanks.

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