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Bonnie Garmus: Lessons in Chemistry


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At this exclusive Melbourne event, best-selling novelist Bonnie Garmus discusses her captivating debut, Lessons in Chemistry.

About the Event

A runaway favourite of book clubs the world over, Bonnie Garmus’s debut novel Lessons in Chemistry transports readers to early 1960s California. Elizabeth Zott – single mother and brilliant chemist – unexpectedly finds herself hosting a television cooking show, and changes hearts and minds in the process. Inspired by Garmus’s mother’s generation of overlooked and under-acknowledged women, Lessons in Chemistry examines the gender pay gap, misogyny in the workplace and women’s rights.

At her only Melbourne event on her first Australian tour, Garmus sits down with host Astrid Edwards to discuss her breakthrough novel.

Together, they’ll explore her funny and feisty heroine, the surprising fan phenomenon of Six-Thirty the dog, and how the novel’s historical setting sheds light on the truths of today.

Bonnie Garmus will be signing books after the event.  

Presented in partnership with RMIT Culture


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About the book


The bookseller for this event is Readings.


Bonnie Garmus

Bonnie Garmus is the author of Lessons in Chemistry, a number-one global bestseller and winner of several national and international awards, including Barnes & Noble’s Book of the Year, Hay Festival’s Book of the Year, Goodreads Choice Award Debut of the Year, British Book Awards Author of ... Read more

Astrid Edwards

Astrid Edwards is a bibliophile. She hosts The Garret: Writers on Writing, judges literary prizes and teaches in the Associate Degree of Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT University. She has served on the boards of Melbourne Writers Festival and Writers Victoria, and was also a Member of the ... Read more


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