Spring Book Club Social with Shelby Van Pelt

Graphic for Spring Book Club Social with Shelby Van Pelt and ECCO on Thursday, March 23 at 6:30 pm at the Bookmarks Bookstore. Join Bookmarks for a Book Club Social with author Shelby Van Pelt on Thursday, March 23 at 6:30pm!

This is a great event for book clubs to find their next read, for individuals to create a stellar to be read list for the spring and summer, and for people to get connected to book clubs. This event is presented with support from Ecco and HarperCollins.

Shelby Van Pelt is making a special appearance and will be chatting about her book Remarkably Bright Creatures. She will also be signing books! HarperCollins sales representative Onyew Kim will be recommending great books from various genres for book clubs. Attendees will receive the Bookmarks Book Club Discount on all recommended books at this event.

Tickets are $10 (+ tax and fees), including desserts, and wine. Tote bags with galleys will be given out while supplies last. Bookmarks will be closing the bookstore early for this exclusive event. Please visit Eventbrite to register for the event.

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  • When: Thursday, March 23rd at 6:30 pm
  • Where: Bookmarks
  • Cost: $10 (+tax & fees)
  • Booksigning opportunity with Shelby Van Pelt after the event
  • Books will be available for purchase at the event, and you will receive the book club discount on titles discussed
  • Please visit Eventbrite to register for the event

About Shelby Van Pelt

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.

About Remarkably Bright Creatures

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.

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Event date: 
Thursday, March 23, 2023 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Bookmarks Bookstore
634 W 4Th St Suite 110
Winston-Salem, NC 27101