What's On - 22nd September: Lessons in Chemistry with Bonnie Garmus

Firmdale Book Salons:
In conversation with Bonnie Garmus

Thursday 22nd September, 6.30pm - 8pm

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We are delighted to welcome Sunday Times best selling author Bonnie Garmus to Firmdale Book Salons on Thursday 22nd September. Take a seat in our Drawing Room and join Bonnie Garmus who will explore and discuss her bestselling debut novel Lessons in Chemistry with journalist and debut author Kate Maxwell. The in-depth conversation will be followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.

£20 per person and include a glass of wine or non-alcoholic cocktail.

Lessons in Chemistry
Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing. However, it’s the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute take a very unscientific view of equality. Except for one: Calvin Evans; the lonely, brilliant, Nobel-prize nominated grudge-holder who falls in love with - of all things - her mind. True chemistry results. But like science, life is unpredictable. Which is why a few years later, Elizabeth Zott finds herself not only a single mother, but the reluctant star of America’s most beloved cooking show ‘Supper at Six’. Elizabeth’s unusual approach to cooking (''combine one tablespoon acetic acid with a pinch of sodium chloride'') proves revolutionary. But as her following grows, not everyone is happy. Because as it turns out, Elizabeth Zott isn’t just teaching women to cook. She’s daring them to change the status quo.

Bonnie Says..
'In Lessons in Chemistry I was looking to address the long-standing problem of how brilliant minds have been routinely barred from science through systemic sexism, racism, and cultural barriers. Science is the one field in which keeping minorities—women, people of colour, people of all genders—out, is not only unacceptable, it’s perverse given that science itself doesn’t recognize intellectual limitations within these groups'.

'I loved it, and am devastated to have finished it' - NIGELLA LAWSON

'A book that sparks joy with every page. Lessons In Chemistry is both funny and rousing: it had me laughing one minute and air-punching the next. Bonnie Garmus has created an unforgettable heroine' - ELIZABETH DAY

'A timeless book, written with furious elegance, black humour and delightful quirk. Elizabeth Zott is an iconic heroine - a feminist who refuses to be quashed, a mother who believes that her child is a person to behold, rather than to mould, and who will leave you, and the lens through which you see the world, quite changed.' - PANDORA SYKES