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Bonnie Garmus

Author of #1 global bestseller Lessons in Chemistry

  • About Bonnie Garmus

    Bonnie Garmus is the author of Lessons in Chemistry, a number-one global bestseller that has captivated readers worldwide and won multiple national and international awards. Set in 1960s California, Lessons in Chemistry introduces us to Elizabeth Zott, a gifted research chemist whose career takes a detour when she becomes the unlikely star of a beloved TV cooking show.

    Praised as “irresistible, satisfying and full of fuel” by The New York Times Book Review and “the Catch-22 of early feminism” by Stephen King, Lessons in Chemistry was a #1 New York Times bestseller and Good Morning America Book Club pick. Chosen as a “Best Book of the Year” by The New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, Oprah Daily, Entertainment Weekly, and Newsweek, it has now been translated into over 40 languages and has been published in 42 territories, selling almost seven million copies. Apple TV+ also adapted Lessons in Chemistry into a Golden Globe-nominated miniseries starring Academy Award winner Brie Larson.

    In energetic and inspiring conversations before large audiences at libraries, universities, festivals, and more, Bonnie Garmus discusses the inspiration behind Lessons in Chemistry and how the exercise of writing her own role model led her to create the smart, pragmatic Elizabeth Zott. A lifelong aspiring novelist whose work was rejected 98 times, Garmus talks candidly about tenacity in “the rejection sport of writing,” and how her experience as a professional storyteller played an essential role in developing her bestseller.

    Among Garmus’s many international accolades are 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 the Year, Waterstones Author of the Year, Books are My Bag Author of the Year Award and Readers’ Choice Award, Germany and Australia’s Booksellers Book of the Year, Australia’s International Book of the Year, and many more. Lessons in Chemistry was also selected by Queen Camilla for the Queen’s Reading Room and has been on the New York TimesSunday Times and Der Spiegel bestseller lists for nearly two years.

    In addition to her career as a bestselling novelist, Bonnie Garmus is a copywriter and creative director who has worked for a wide range of clients in the US and abroad, focusing primarily on technology, medicine, and education. Born in California and most recently from Seattle, she currently lives in London.

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    An Evening with Bonnie Garmus

    In captivating conversations, Bonnie Garmus talks about her journey from copywriter and creative director to writing and publishing her own bestselling novel. With wit and candor she describes the process of creating her subversive protagonist Elizabeth Zott and how real-life experience fueled and inspired Lessons in Chemistry, delighting huge crowds at libraries, universities, festivals, and more.

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  • Praise for Bonnie Garmus


    These events were a dream for us and for the crowd too! Bonnie is magically, earnestly, authentically herself, with just the right Elizabeth Zott-esque fierce twinkle that had our audiences charmed from minute one.

    Friends of the Hennepin County Library

    Thanks to you and your team for helping to organize what turned out to be an amazing event for Loyola and the Baltimore community. Bonnie was amazing and it was one of our best Cleophas Lectures ever.

    Loyola University

    Wow, what a night. That was the largest crowd we’ve ever had for an author visit and Bonnie was truly the best. She is incredibly down to earth, so engaging, and funny! The audience loved her and we loved her. Just an absolute pleasure to work with!

    The Lane Libraries

    Praise for Lessons in Chemistry

    Darkly funny and poignant, Lessons in Chemistry paints an extraordinary portrait of an unusual life in 1960s California…Irresistible, a gorgeous tribute to resilience and the many types of love that sustain us.

    Oprah Daily

    Between the outrageous sexism and the bitter misfortune that thwart our heroine at every turn, this may not sound like a comic novel, but it is. Full of charm, energy and hope—and featuring a really great dog—it’s one to savor.

    People Magazine

    [Garmus] delivers an assured voice, an indelible heroine and relatable love stories…At the center of the novel is Elizabeth Zott, a gifted research chemist, absurdly self-assured and immune to social convention…Elizabeth is a feminist and modern thinker […] in a world nowhere ready for her mind, character or ambition…[Garmus] charm[s]. She’s created an indelible assemblage of stubborn, idiosyncratic characters. She’s given us a comic novel at precisely the moment we crave one.

    Washington Post

    Elizabeth Zott is going to be an important character to a lot of people . . . Absolute chemistry.

    Scott Simon, NPR

    Strikingly relevant…Darkly funny and poignant…Lessons in Chemistry’s excellent experiment [is] quirky and heartwarming.

    The Atlantic
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