The smash hit of 2022, charming book clubs and social media alike.

After a male colleague took credit for her work, Bonnie Garmus channelled her rage into the unforgettable protagonist of Lessons in Chemistry Elizabeth Zott – a chemist-turned-celebrity cook who surreptitiously teaches housewives to subvert the status quo.

With her debut, Bonnie became a multimillion-copy-bestselling novelist, whose novel has also been adapted into an Apple TV series starring Brie Larson. This 1960s-set comedy has inspired readers worldwide with its message that it's never too late to change everything – including yourself.

Join Bonnie to chat science, sexism and success in your sixties at the 2024 Sydney Writers' Festival. 

Bonnie Garmus appears thanks to the support of The Salon.

This event is fitted with assistive listening systems.


Bonnie Garmus (International)

Bonnie Garmus

Bonnie Garmus is a copywriter and 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 wonderful daughters. Born in California and most recently from Seattle, she currently lives in London with her husband and her dog, 99. Her first novel, Lessons in Chemistry, is an international bestseller. It was voted Dymocks Book of the Year for 2022 and the International Book of the Year 2023 at the Australian Book Industry Awards. It has been translated into more than 40 languages and has been adapted as an Apple TV series starring Brie Larson.