Everything YA

Date: Friday, September 7th, 2018

Time: 9 am - 4:30 pm

Location: Circle City Center 365 N. Main St., Corona, CA 92880


  • $25 for ILS Members
  • $30 for Non-ILS Members
  • Presenters will receive a special discount!

Registration Deadline: August 20th at 5:00 PM or when spaces are filled.


Join us for the Inland Library System YA Interest Group’s third annual Everything YA mini-conference specifically for Teen/Tween librarians. This event will provide teen and tween librarians with programming ideas for several recurring events—as well as helpful advice regarding YA Collection Development, Technology & Teens, Serving Challenging Communities, and much more. Throughout the day there will be plenty of time to network and share your own great ideas!

Deputy State Librarian Narinder Sufi will kick-off the event with the first of the morning’s keynotes, followed by Candice Mack, Senior Librarian/Manager, System-wide Teen Services, Los Angeles Public Library. The event will culminate in a panel discussion, “Identity in YA.” The panel features YA author Jeff Garvin (Symptoms of Being Human) as moderator, along with authors Amy Spalding (The Summer of Jordi Perez), Lindsey Summers (Textrovert), and Anthony Breznican (Brutal Youth). A local bookseller will be on hand to sell copies of the authors’ books, and a signing will follow the panel. Panel bios and full schedule/description of the day’s activities follow below.


Narinder Sufi was appointed Deputy State Librarian for the California State Library in August 2017 by Governor Jerry Brown. Narinder has over 14 years’ experience in library management, project management and community development background. Prior to this role she was director of libraries and community development at Luton Culture in England.

At California State Library Narinder’s role is to support the management team to deliver their objectives. She supports state librarian in achieving his vision for 'California State Library – to make this institution the best it can be' by doing everything required on the ground. As a deputy state librarian she will assist state librarian in developing strategic direction and policy to ensure the California state library delivers to its agenda and manage resources as effectively as possible.

Narinder has a Master’s degree in information management (librarianship) from Thames Valley University in London. She is also a Prince II qualified project manager.


Candice (Wingyee) Mack is the Managing Librarian of systemwide Young Adult Services for the Los Angeles Public Library and currently serves as a member of the 2019 We Need Diverse Books Walter Dean Myers Award Jury, the 2018 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Jury and the American Library Association's Policy Corps. She is also a past President of the Young Adult Library Services Association, a 2012 ALA Emerging

Leader, a 2006 ALA Spectrum Scholar and an adjunct instructor in UCLA's Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Her passions for connected learning, social justice, child & adolescent development and an unusual coincidence led her to pursue teen services librarianship.

Meet the Panel

(Moderator) Jeff Garvin


Jeff Garvin grew up in Orange County, California, the son of a banker and a magician. He started acting in high school, and enjoyed a fifteen-year career including guest-starring roles in network television series ranging from The Wonder Years to Roseanne to Caroline and the City. Recently, he’s returned to the big screen in an independent horror feature.

While studying at Chapman University, Jeff won awards for classical guitar and visual storytelling before graduating with a BFA in Film. As the front man of his rock band, 7k, Garvin released three albums and toured the United States. When the band dissolved in 2011, Jeff, who had always written short stories and lyrics, found his passion in full-length fiction

His debut novel, Symptoms of Being Human, tells the story of Riley, a 16-year-old gender fluid teen who starts an anonymous blog to deal with hostility from classmates and tension at home. But when the blog goes viral, a storm of media attention threatens Riley’s anonymity. The novel is an ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection, a Lambda Literary Award Finalist, and garnered starred reviews from Booklist and Publishers Weekly. It is available now from Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins

Jeff lives in Southern California with his wife, children, dog, cats, and a respectable collection of books and guitars.

Amy Spalding


Amy Spalding grew up in St. Louis, but now lives in the better weather of Los Angeles. She has a B.A. in Advertising & Marketing Communications from Webster University, and an M.A. in Media Studies from The New School. Amy studied longform improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.

By day, she manages the digital media team for an indie film advertising agency. By later day and night, Amy writes, performs, and pets as many cats as she can.

Lindsey Summers


Lindsey Summers is a self-proclaimed bookworm. Growing up, she begged for new books rather than clothes. It wasn’t until Wattpad that she gained the courage to start writing her own stories. Her first novel, The Cell Phone Swap, has received more than 79 million hits online.

Lindsey credits her aversion to toe closed shoes to being born in Hawaii. While she’ll always be a local girl at heart, she now lives in Los Angeles, California. When not writing, Lindsey can usually be found drinking coffee or at the beach with her nose in a book.

Anthony Breznican


Anthony Breznican was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1998. He has worked as a reporter for The Arizona Republic, Associated Press, and USA Today. He is currently a senior staff writer for Entertainment Weekly. Brutal Youth is his debut novel.

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