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2 June

Lessons in Chemistry: Bonnie Garmus in Conversation

*SOLD OUT* please email The Poly ( to be added to a waiting list. We may have some tickets available on the door but this cannot be guaranteed. 

Bonnie Garmus will be joining us in Falmouth to talk all about Lessons in Chemistry and its incredible debut success. Bonnie will be in conversation with Cathy Rentzenbrink.

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.

But 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. 

About Bonnie: 

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. 

About Cathy: 

Cathy Rentzenbrink is an acclaimed memoirist whose books include The Last Act of Love, How to Feel Better and Dear Reader. Her first novel is Everyone is Still Alive and Write It All Down is a friendly and down to earth guide to writing a memoir. Cathy regularly chairs literary events, interviews authors, runs creative writing courses and speaks and writes on life, death, love, and literature. Despite being shortlisted for various prizes, the only thing Cathy has ever won is the Snaith and District Ladies’ Darts Championship when she was 17. She is now sadly out of practice.

Paperback copies of Lessons in Chemistry will be available on the night at The Poly or from 2nd March at Falmouth Bookseller

Lessons in Chemistry: Bonnie Garmus in Conversation


Friday 2nd June, 7pm

Tickets £7/£5 +£1 Poly fund




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