Everything YA in One Day

Date: Friday, September 8th

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 14th at 5:00 PM or when spaces are filled.

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About This Workshop:

Join us for the Inland Library System YA Interest Group’s second 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 STEAM programming, marketing to teens, and how to be stronger advocates for teens. Throughout the day there will be plenty of time to network and share your own great ideas!

CLA President, Helen McAlary will kick-off the event with the first of the morning’s keynotes, followed by Courtney Saldana, Library Journal’s 2016 Mover & Shaker and Ontario City Library’s Youth Services Supervising Librarian. The event will culminate in a panel discussion about intersectionality themes in young adult literature. The panel features YA Authors Elana K Arnold (What Girls are Made Of) and Brandy Colbert (Little & Lion) as moderators—and Jeff Garvin (Symptoms of Being Human), Aditi Khorana (The Library of Fates), Nicole Maggi (The Forgetting), and Lilliam Rivera (The Education of Margo Sanchez) as panelists! Book sale and signing to follow. Panel bios and full schedule of the day’s activities follow below.

Meet the Panel

(Moderator) Elana K. Arnold

Elana K. Arnold writes books for and about children and teens. Some of her books have been included on the LA Public Library's Best Books of the Year list, the Bank Street Best Book list, the YALSA "Best Fiction for Young Adults" list, have been ALAN picks, and have been selected for inclusion in the Amelia Bloomer Project. Her YA novel, INFANDOUS, won the Moonbeam Children's Book Award and the Westchester Fiction Prize. She holds a master's degree in Creative Writing/Fiction from the University of California, Davis, where she has taught Creative Writing and Adolescent Literature.

(Moderator) Brandy Colbert

Brandy Colbert is the author of the young adult novel Pointe, which was named a best book of 2014 by Publishers Weekly, BuzzFeed, Book Riot, and the Chicago and Los Angeles public libraries. Her short fiction and nonfiction has been featured in critically acclaimed anthologies, and her next novel, Little & Lion, will be published in August.

Jeff Garvin

Jeff Garvin is an author, musician, and actor. His debut novel, Symptoms of Being Human, is an ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection, a Lambda Literary Award Finalist, and garnered starred reviews from Booklist and Publishers Weekly. Before becoming a novelist, Jeff acted on TV and toured as the lead singer of a rock band. He has a BFA in Film from Chapman University and lives in Southern California.

Aditi Khorana

Aditi Khorana spent part of her childhood in India, Denmark and New England. She has a BA in International Relations from Brown University and an MA in Global Media and Communications from the Annenberg School for Communication. She has worked as a journalist at ABC News, CNN, and PBS, and most recently as a marketing executive consulting for various Hollywood studios including FOX, Paramount and SONY. MIRROR IN THE SKY is her first novel. She lives in Los Angeles and spends her free time reading, hiking, and exploring LA’s eclectic and wonderful architecture. Her second book, LIBRARY OF FATES, a feminist historical fantasy set in fictional ancient India, about a louche misogynistic dictator overthrowing a tiny, idyllic kingdom and the women who must wrench it back from him is out in July 2017.

Nicole Maggi

Nicole Maggi is the author of THE FORGETTING (Sourcebooks Fire), a thriller about a girl who has a heart transplant and starts to remember the life of her donor. The novel was a 2016 International Thriller Writers Thriller Award finalist, a 2015 Junior Library Guild Selection, and a #1 Kindle Bestseller. She is also the author of THE TWIN WILLOWS TRILOGY, a YA fantasy comprising of WINTER FALLS, IN THE MOUTH OF THE WOLF, and THE BLUE WOODS (Medallion Press). Born in upstate New York, Nicole holds a BFA from Emerson College and toiled for many years as an actress off-off-off-Broadway. A decade ago, she and her husband fled NYC for the sunny West Coast. She resides in Los Angeles with her family, where she works with children’s entertainment performers, does yoga, and is a Girl Scout Troop Leader in addition to writing full-time. Her next novel will be out in 2018 from Sourcebooks Fire.

Lilliam Rivera

Lilliam Rivera is an award-winning writer and author of The Education of Margot Sanchez, a contemporary young adult novel available now from Simon & Schuster. Recently named a "2017 Face to Watch" by the Los Angeles Times, Lilliam's work has appeared in Tin House, Los Angeles Times, and Latina, to name a few. She lives in Los Angeles with her family where she’s completing her second novel.

Event Schedule


8:30 AM

9:00 AM

Keynote #1 (McAlary)

9:00 AM

9:20 AM

Keynote #2 (Saldana)

9:20 AM

10:00 AM

Session #1

10:15 AM

11:15 AM

Session #2

11:30 AM

12:30 PM


12:30 PM

1:30 PM

Session #3

1:30 PM

2:30 PM

Author Panel

2:45 PM

3:30 PM


3:30 PM

4:15 PM

Session #1

Session #2

Session #3

Intersectionality in YA Author Panel*

Moderators: Elana K. Arnold & Brandy Colbert
Panelists: Aditi Khorana, Jeff Garvin, Nicole Maggi, Lilliam Rivera