2010 Literary Award Speeches

Edwards Award Speech | Morris Award Speech | Nonfiction Award Speeches | Printz Award Speeches

Read remarks from the 2010 awards ceremonies, honoring YALSA's literary award winners.


Edwards Award Speech

On June 26, Jim Murphy spoke at the Margaret A. Edwards Award Luncheon during the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. Murphy won the 2010 Edwards Award for significant and lasting contribution to writing for young adults for An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793; Blizzard! The Storm That Changed America; The Great Fire; The Long Road to Gettysburg; and A Young Patriot: The American Revolution as Experienced by One Boy. Read his 2010 speech (PDF).


Morris Award Speech

In 2010, L.K. Madigan won the Morris Award for best first novel for teens for Flash Burnout. Madigan could not attend the ceremony at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston, Mass. However, she did send the following video acceptance:


Nonfiction Award Speeches

Deborah Heiligman won the first YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award. The award was presented to Heiligman at a ceremony at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston, Mass. In addition, honor book honorees Philip Hoose ( Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice), Tanya Lee Stone ( Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream), and Sally M. Walker ( Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland) spoke at the ceremony. Candace Fleming was unable to attend. YALSA has provided a transcript of Walker's speech (PDF).


Printz Award Speeches

The 2010 Printz Award Program and Reception took place on June 28, 2010 during the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. Winner Libba Bray ( Going Bovine) accepted her award, as did honor book authors John Barnes ( Tales from the Madman Underground: An Historical Romance, 1973) Deborah Heiligman ( Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith), Adam Rapp ( Punkzilla), and Rick Yancey ( The Monstrumologist).

Video of the ceremony, courtesy of Booklist, can be watched at the Booklist video page. YALSA has provided text of speeches from Bray, Heiligman, Rapp, and Yancey.

Libba Bray's speech (PDF)

Deborah Heiligman's speech (PDF)

Adam Rapp's speech (PDF)

Rick Yancey's speech (PDF)