Glenview Reads Together – Remarkably Bright Creatures

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Meet the Author of Remarkably Bright Creatures

A Conversation with Author Shelby Van Pelt
Thursday, Apr 4, 7-8:30 PM • Community Room, opens a new window

The Library’s annual community-wide reading program returns! Join us for a conversation with New York bestselling author Shelby Van Pelt as she discusses her book Remarkably Bright Creatures, opens a new window on Thursday, April 4, 7-8:30 PM, opens a new window. Book sale and signing following the program, books provided by The Book Stall, Winnetka. Order online or call the Book Stall at 847.446.8880 to reserve or buy a copy by phone.

Thank you to the Glenview Public Library Foundation, opens a new window for the generous support of our program.

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, she’s now missing the mountains in the Chicago area with her husband and two children.

Book Summary

Tova Sullivan is a widow who began working the night shift at the Sowell Bay Aquarium, mopping floors and tidying up. As she works, Tova becomes acquainted with curmudgeonly Marcellus, a giant Pacific octopus living at the aquarium. Marcellus knows more than anyone can imagine and he forms an unlikely friendship with Tova and helps her uncover the truth about her son's disappearance over 30 years ago.

 

Win a family membership to the

Shedd Aquarium

Earn an entry for each adult Glenview Reads Together program you attend. You must be 18+ to enter and win the drawing.

Member benefits for 2 adults and all household children under 18 years old.

$195 value.

 

Win a family membership to the

Shedd Aquarium

Earn an entry for each adult Glenview Reads Together program you attend. You must be 18+ to enter and win the drawing.

Member benefits for 2 adults and all household children under 18 years old.

$195 value.

Discussion Points

What qualities do you think Marcellus would have as a human? What shared traits contribute to the success of his remarkable friendship with Tova?

Marcellus is an extremely smart animal. Have you encountered animals that displayed remarkable intelligence or emotional depth? Have you ever experienced a deepened relationship with an animal after earning their trust?

This novel explores different characters who are faced with major choices. Have you ever encountered a pivotal moment where a choice could drastically alter your life's course? Did you embrace the opportunity for change, or did you stick to the familiar path?

Discussion Points

What qualities do you think Marcellus would have as a human? What shared traits contribute to the success of his remarkable friendship with Tova?

Marcellus is an extremely smart animal. Have you encountered animals that displayed remarkable intelligence or emotional depth? Have you ever experienced a deepened relationship with an animal after earning their trust?

This novel explores different characters who are faced with major choices. Have you ever encountered a pivotal moment where a choice could drastically alter your life's course? Did you embrace the opportunity for change, or did you stick to the familiar path?

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