Indiana student wins YALSA’s 2010 Morris/Nonfiction Book Trailer Contest

Contact: Stephanie Kuenn

Communications Specialist



For Immediate Release

March 2, 2010

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), named Emily Fitch of Fort Wayne, Ind., the winner of the 2010 Morris/Nonfiction Book Trailer contest. Fitch created a book trailer based on “The Everafter
,” a 2010 William C. Morris finalist.

“I'm super pumped to say the least. I actually found out I won when I was at the library and Mari, the librarian, kept asking me why I hadn’t checked my e-mail yet that day,” Fitch said. "I always think it’s cool when I can find something different or a story that can present something in a way that I never thought of before. My goal wasn’t exactly to show every scene, but rather to portray though the images and music the feeling I got while reading the book, the sort of feelings of loneliness and longing that the main character experiences.”

She won a $100 gift card to Powell's Bookstore, as well as $100 in books and materials from YALSA. Her librarian, Mari Hardacre, won $200 in materials from YALSA for sponsoring Emily.

“We offer a number of contests just through our library, but it's great when there are national opportunities for teens as well,” Hardacre said. “She's a multi-talented young woman.”

YALSA also named finalists in the contest: Jennifer Gessel, Baleigh Janusik and Katrina Ruppel of Caldwell, Ohio, sponsored by librarian Judy Brown, for their trailer for “Flash Burnout” (2010 Morris winner); and Petra Rantanen of Urbana, Illinois, sponsored by librarian Frances Harris, for her trailer for “Almost Astronauts” (2010 Nonfiction finalist).

The winning trailer and the two finalists’ video can be seen at Videos from all entrants can be found by visiting and searching for “yalsamorris” and “yalsanf.”

For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos and audio books for teens. For more information about YALSA or for lists of recommended reading, viewing and listening, go to, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail,