Literary Lunch | Bonnie Garmus – Online

Sat 6 May - Mon 29 May 2023

Bonnie Garmus
Bonnie Garmus
Alex Clark
Bonnie Garmus book

Recorded at Spring Festival 2023

(Audio only)

Bonnie Garmus launched onto the literary scene last year with her blockbuster bestselling debut novel Lessons in Chemistry and a TV adaptation is out this year.  

The chemist in Bonnie’s novel is Elizabeth Zott, but science, like life, is unpredictable, and Elizabeth finds herself the reluctant star of a TV cooking show. However, she 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.’ She will explain over lunch how this led to her funny, rousing, joyful book. 

‘THE antidote to life’s current grimness: a shrewd, witty, inventive, feminist comedy you should all race to read’ – Patrick Gale 

A two-course lunch plus a glass of wine is included. The event will take place in the Ballroom at the University Arms Hotel. 

Tables will be arranged in groups of 10, and you will be allocated seats. There will be a seat plan upon arrival. 

Benefactor & Patron complimentary tickets cannot be redeemed against events at the University Arms.

Venue: Online

Duration: 1hr 30mins

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Author biography

Bonnie Garmus is a copywriter/creative director who has worked for a wide range of clients, focusing primarily on technology, medicine, and education. She is an open-water swimmer, a rower, and mother to two daughters. Most recently from Seattle, she lives in London with her husband and her dog, 99.

Chair biography

Alex Clark is a broadcaster and journalist, who writes for many publications including the Guardian, the Observer, and the Times Literary Supplement. She is a co-host on the Graham Norton Book Club for Audible and hosts the TLS podcast. She is a professional chairperson and appears all over the UK at Cheltenham, Hay and the Southbank Centre. Alex is a festival honorary patron.