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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Rocking the Drop on KING 5 News!

Justina reporting in on our KING 5 news interview-o-rama!

Welcome to the Second Annual Operation Teen Book Drop, brought to teen patients in Children's Hospitals all around the country by readergirlz,

GuysLitWire, YALSA, and amazing publishers, including my own (Little, Brown Books!).

The morning started with an interview on KING 5 News. Egads, I hate TV and radio interviews. Anchorwoman, Joyce Taylor, wanted to do a short segment on me for her Hometown Heroes show. While flattering, it was also very awkward. While I am glad to be back in my Hometown, I am not feeling very heroic. I asked if she might want to shoot the Seattle-area divas dropping books off at our Children's Hospital. Thankfully, Joyce was interested. So I was flanked by my girls: Lorie Ann Grover, Holly Cupala, and Dia Calhoun. And we all very much missed our Melissa Walker.

Deep breath. Bright lipstick. And then Lorenzo the camera man started shooting every breath, um, and er as Joyce and I chatted about my books, community service (including the Find Beauty Challenge), and readergirlz.

Since I hate watching myself on TV, chances are I won't catch the feature story when it airs in 2-3 weeks. But for now, here's the crew:

Kira Haller (Children's Hospital), Holly Cupala, Dia Calhoun, Lorie Ann Grover, Justina Chen Headley, Joyce Taylor.

Photographs all captured beautifully by S.Y. Headley.

~Justina, readergirlz correspondent du jour!


Unknown said...

Felt great to drop my book at the Winchester Hospital today. This is such a nice thing you all have set up. And I know the teens who benefit from your hard work will be grateful. Thanks for initiating this effort!

Reyna Meinhardt said...

Thanks so much for putting together this program! That is so neat that you and this program will be on TV! I dropped of a book today, its nice to know that it will make someone happy!

Vivian Mahoney said...

You all look fantastic!

Melissa Walker said...

OMG, you guys look stunning! LA, your scarf totally pops!

Little Willow said...

What a great opportunity! Hurrah for the news team for supporting a great cause. Way to rock it, divas!

Molly/Cece said...

Yay for a fab cause! Yay for great success!

Llehn said...

Awesome! Thanks for sharing such a great story! Can't wait till next year!


Lorie Ann Grover said...

Thanks, Melissa! And Vivian. :~)

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