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Series of events scheduled to promote new ‘Fiona the Hippo’ book, by New York Times bestselling artist

NKyTribune staff

The celebrity status of Fiona, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Nile hippopotamus born in January, continues to grow.

A new book by New York Times bestselling artist Richard Cowdrey, Fiona the Hippo, will launch this week, with a series of events scheduled throughout the region.

Included in the events is a book signing at the Joseph-Beth location in Crestview Hills.

Cowdrey, of Bad Dog, Marley fame, tells the story of Fiona, the adorable internet sensation from the Cincinnati Zoo who captured hearts around the world with her inspiring story and plucky personality.

“Fiona’s superstar status has made her an incredible ambassador for her species,” said Chad Yelton, vice president of marketing and communications, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. “She has inspired and captivated millions of viewers worldwide and we are thrilled to celebrate the book release with friends of Fiona.”

The book explains how Fiona, born prematurely and not expected to live, defied odds and inspired millions through her spunk and determination. With the help of her caregivers at the zoo, Fiona began to thrive and became a happy, healthy hippopotamus.

Fiona the Hippo book launch events:

Monday, August 6

*             Retirement Community visit (5343 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45224)

Tuesday, August 7

*             Launch Party at the Cincinnati Zoo (3400 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45220)

*             Drawing demonstration: 10:00am – 11:00am

*             Book signing in the bookstore: 11:00am – 1:00pm

*             Ice Cream in hippo area: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

*             Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center visit: 3:30pm (3333 Burnet Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45229)

Wednesday, August 8

*             Kroger drawing demonstration and book signing: 2:00pm (Kroger store, Oakley #465; 4613 Marburg Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45209)

*             Barnes & Noble book signing: 6:00pm (B&N Store #2809 Cincinnati/Fields Ertel, 9891 Waterstone Blvd, Cincinnati, OH 45249)

Thursday, August 9

*             Joseph-Beth VIP Kids night book signing: 5:00pm (2785 Dixie Hwy, Crestview Hills, KY 41017)

Friday, August 10

*             Barnes & Noble book signing Columbus, OH: 6:00pm (B&N store #2925 OH/Columbus/Easton, 4005 Townsfair Way, Columbus, OH 43219)

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