Bob Denver's widow to read her new children's book online

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PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — Dreama Denver couldn't tout her new children's book at a pair of canceled events, so she's going online to read it.

The widow of actor Bob Denver is set to read “Four Bears in a Box” on Friday afternoon on Facebook Live.

The book's launch in Houston and at a conference at The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We won’t let social distancing keep us apart,” Dreama Denver said in a news release. “We thought, if folks can't safely come to see us, we'll come to them online and try to bring folks a bit of happiness during this unprecedented event.”

Bob Denver gave his wife the idea for the book more than two decades ago after he heard Dreama Denver read to their severely autistic son, Colin, to soothe him, the statement said. The couple had retired to her hometown of Princeton, West Virginia.

Bob Denver, who starred in the 1960s TV sitcom “Gilligan's Island” and before that in “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis,” died in 2005.

Last year while spring cleaning, Dreama Denver found typewritten pages and sketches of the bears and secured a book deal.