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OC Reads


OC Reads is a program designed to bring people together through literature by encouraging them to read the same book and participate in discussions and other events centered on that book.

Each year, the OC Reads Committee selects a book and invites community members to read and discuss this book together. The reading experience is supplemented by a series of free programs offered at the library in the form of book discussions, presentations, and activities related to the book’s themes. The series of events culminates in a visit by the book’s author where audience members can engage with the author and have their books signed.

We hope you will join us in this celebration of books, reading, and community.

Remarkably Bright Creatures
by Shelby Van Pelt

Shelby Van Pelt Remarkably Bright Creatures

Join us for A Talk, Q&A, and Book Signing
Saturday, October 19, 2024 at 2:00pm in the Lecture Hall

Shelby Van Pelt’s Remarkably Bright Creatures, was published by Ecco/HarperCollins (US) and Bloomsbury (UK) in Spring 2022. For fans of A Man Called Ove, this luminous debut novel about a widow’s unlikely friendship with a giant Pacific octopus reluctantly residing at the local aquarium—and the truths she finally uncovers about her son’s disappearance 30 years ago.

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 the Puget Sound over 30 years ago. As she works, 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 tentacles for his human captors—until he forms an unlikely friendship with Tova.

Ever the detective, Marcellus deduces what happened the night Tova’s son disappeared. As his affection for Tova grows, Marcellus must use every trick his old, invertebrate body can muster to unearth the truth for her before it’s too late. Charming, compulsively readable, and full of wit, Shelby Van Pelt’s debut novel is a beautiful exploration of friendship, reckoning, and hope–a reminder that sometimes taking a hard look at the past can help uncover a future that once felt impossible.

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

**More details to be announced soon about the OC Reads Series of Events this Fall 2024!**

OC Reads Previous Titles

2024Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

2023 - The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb

2022 - The Butterfly’s Daughter by Mary Alice Monroe

2021 - The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

2020 - The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict

2019 - Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

2018 - Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and The Triumph of Trust by Michael Hingson

2017 - One Amazing Thing by Chitra Divakaruni

2016 - The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

2015 - Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

2014 - Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson

OC Reads Previous Titles

ISBN: 9780062993885
Title: Orphan Train : A Novel
Author: Christina Baker Kline
ISBN: 9781401341589
Title: One Amazing Thing
Author: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
ISBN: 9781400204724
Title: Thunder Dog : The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust
Author: Michael HingsonSusy Flory
ISBN: 9780735219090
Title: Where the Crawdads Sing
Author: Delia Owens
ISBN: 9780691201740
Title: The Only Woman in the Room : Golda Meir and Her Path to Power
Author: Pnina Lahav
ISBN: 9781492671527
Title: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek : A Novel
Author: Kim Michele Richardson
ISBN: 9781439170687
Title: The Butterfly's Daughter
Author: Mary Alice Monroe
ISBN: 9780593315415
Title: The Violin Conspiracy : A Novel (Good Morning America Book Club)
Author: Brendan Slocumb