amy spalding

The Summer of Jordi Perez

(and the Best Burger in Los Angeles)


Seventeen years old, fashion-obsessed, and gay, Abby Ives has always been content playing the sidekick in other people’s lives. When she lands an internship at her favorite local boutique, she’s thrilled to take her first step into her dream career. She doesn’t expect to fall for her fellow intern, Jordi Perez. Then again, nothing is going as expected this summer. Suddenly, she doesn’t feel like a sidekick. Is it possible Abby’s finally in her own story?

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. Her latest book is The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles). Find more info about Amy at her website.


Friday, October 19

9:00-9:45am • Panel Discussion – Nice for What?

Location:  DSU 3023-25

Sheroes tend to get a bad rap. But if female characters don’t get written from all angles, the same old character will keep showing up. And writing the same-old is way too blasé for these authors.

Along with these authors:
NoNieqa Ramos
Brenda Rufener
Tanaz Bhathena
Amanda Foody
Moderated by Kelly deVos

6:00-6:45am • Panel Discussion – Forging Fierce Females

Location: 643 Sports Bar (360 E 8th Ave)

Bring your bestie and make a mental reservation to join these wonderful authors to talk books over dinner. All of these authors write fierce female characters that aren’t afraid to stand up for themselves and their friends. (The taproom will be reserved, but no drinks unless you’re 21 or older!)

Along with these authors:
NoNieqa Ramos
Sarah Nicole Smetana
Katie Cotugno
Courtney Stevens
Moderated by Kate Hart