SHELBY VAN PELT- Virtual Author Event- Readings from Oconomowaukee

Virtual Author Event-
Readings From Oconomowaukee


Monday, July 11th
7:00 pm
registration required


Readings from Oconomowaukee presents a virtual evening with Shelby Van Pelt, author of Remarkably Bright Creatures, a charming, witty, and compulsively readable exploration of friendship, reckoning, and hope that traces a widow's unlikely connection with a giant Pacific octopus. Van Pelt will be in conversation with Daniel Goldin of Boswell Book Company and Lisa Baudoin of Books & Company. 

Books & Company bookseller Lynn loved this novel and says "A woman walks into an aquarium and befriends the resident octopus.....sound like the beginning of a joke? Instead, it's an absolutely delightful book about just that. If you read this and watch the documentary "My Octopus Teacher" you will likely never eat octopus again!" 


About the book: 
After Tova Sullivan's husband died, she began working the night shift at the Sowell Bay Aquarium, mopping floors and tidying up. Keeping busy has always helped her cope, which she's been doing since her eighteen-year-old son, Erik, mysteriously vanished on a boat in Puget Sound over thirty years ago.

Tova becomes acquainted with curmudgeonly Marcellus, a giant Pacific octopus living at the aquarium. Marcellus knows more than anyone can imagine but wouldn't dream of lifting one of his eight arms for his human captors--until he forms a remarkable friendship with Tova.

Ever the detective, Marcellus deduces what happened the night Tova's son disappeared. And now Marcellus must use every trick his old invertebrate body can muster to unearth the truth for her before it's too late. Shelby Van Pelt's debut novel is a gentle reminder that sometimes taking a hard look at the past can help uncover a future that once felt impossible.


About the author: 
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Shelby Van Pelt lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her family. Remarkably Bright Creatures is her first novel.

Event date: 
Monday, July 11, 2022 - 7:00pm
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Remarkably Bright Creatures: A Read with Jenna Pick By Shelby Van Pelt Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063204157
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco - May 3rd, 2022