Meet author Shelby Van Pelt – And her octopus narrator in ‘Remarkably Bright Creatures’

Well, first thing that happens when you flip open the cover of “Remarkably Bright Creatures” is you meet the remarkably bright Marcellus McSquiddles, a giant Pacific octopus.

He just happens to be a central character and narrator in this debut novel by Shelby Van Pelt.

Learn more about Marcellus when Van Pelt gives a talk and book signing at the Helena Civic Center, 7 p.m. Tuesday hosted by the Lewis & Clark Library and the library foundation.

The story tells of the surprising relationship that develops between widow Tova Sullivan, who works night shifts at the Sowell Bay Aquarium, and the curmudgeonly Marcellus, and how he solves the decades-old mystery of the disappearance of Tova’s son, Erik.

 “Remarkably Bright Creatures” is a debut novel by Shelby Van Pelt.

The story’s full of surprising plot twists and fascinating facts about octopuses.

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Marcellus was originally inspired by an internet video Van Pelt saw of an octopus trying to escape from a cylindrical container, she said in a recent IR phone interview from her home in Wheaton,

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