First Friday: Remarkably Bright Creatures


March 1, 2024    
8:00 am - 9:30 am


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2018 Avenue B, San Antonio, Texas, 78215

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Join us as we celebrate Womens History Month
Remarkably Bright Creatures
by Shelby Van Pelt
Presented by: Anna Downey

This is a poignant and captivating novel that intertwines the lives of its characters in unexpected ways. The story is set in the fictional town of Sowell Bay and primarily revolves around Tova Sullivan, a recent widow in her 70s. Tova, grappling with the loss of her husband and the unresolved disappearance of her son Erik thirty years ago, finds solace and purpose working as a night janitor at the local aquarium.

The novel takes a unique turn with the introduction of its most unusual character: Marcellus, a giant Pacific octopus. Marcellus is not just any octopus; he possesses extraordinary intelligence and a keen observational ability. Through his eyes, readers are offered a unique perspective on human behavior and emotions. Marcellus becomes a central figure in the story, forging a special bond with Tova and playing a pivotal role in unraveling the mystery of her son’s disappearance.

The narrative beautifully explores themes of grief, healing, and the search for closure. Tova’s journey is one of self-discovery and resilience, as she navigates her twilight years while still yearning for answers about her son. The novel also delves into the lives of other characters in Sowell Bay, creating a rich tapestry of interconnected stories.

Shelby Van Pelt’s debut novel is a testament to the power of unexpected friendships and the resilience of the human spirit. It’s a heartwarming and thought-provoking read that celebrates the connections between humans and the more-than-human world, reminding us of the profound impact that creatures, both big and small, can have on our lives.


Friday, March 1, 2024
Presentation: 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM (US Central Time)

Meet Life Long Learners and Open Discussion:
9:15 AM – 9:30 AM (US Central Time)

WHERE (either):

In Person
Wittigs Building
2018 Ave B, Suite 200, San Antonio, Texas

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