Lessons in Chemistry: An Evening with Bonnie Garmus and Renee Rosen

We are thrilled to have had such an overwhelmingly positive response to the discussion with author Bonnie Garmus (Lessons in Chemistry)! Due to popular demand, are now hosting the event at The Skokie School (520 Glendale Ave in Winnetka) with more seating for a larger crowd!

This is a ticketed program. Tickets include a copy of the book. Please note, Book Stall purchases of Lessons in Chemistry cannot be honored as tickets to this event. Purchase a ticket at the link below to grant you admission to this live author event (with a signed book included). Seating will be general admission, doors will open at 5:00.

To purchase tickets, please CLICK HERE! 

Best-selling author Bonnie Garmus will be discussing her sensational novel, Lessons in Chemistry. Laugh-out-loud funny, shrewdly observant, and studded with a dazzling cast of supporting characters, Lessons in Chemistry is as original and vibrant as its protagonist. She will be in conversation with best-selling novelist Renée Rosen. Following the talk, attendees will have the opportunity to meet both authors and have their books personalized.*Share the Lessons in Chemistry Love* We realize you may have already purchased a copy of the book, but just a reminder, this title makes an excellent gift! We also are pairing up with a local nonprofit organization that supports literacy in underfunded communities to give attendees the option of donating their book that night.

More About the Book: 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 as an average woman. But it’s the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute takes 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.

Historical Novels Review says, “Garmus tells a familiar story in a completely original voice in her delightful debut novel...Zott is an unforgettable protagonist, logical and literal and utterly herself...The novel deftly mixes comedy and tragedy, with only one very clear villain: the patriarchal culture of mid-20th century America, the days of which are numbered because of women like Zott...For those who admire a confident, bone-dry, and hilarious authorial voice, this novel achieves the difficult task of being both sharply satirical and heartwarming at the same time.”

More About the Author: Bonnie Garmus is a copywriter and creative director who has worked widely in the fields of technology, medicine, and education. She’s an open-water swimmer, a rower, and mother to two pretty amazing daughters. Born in California and most recently from Seattle, she currently lives in London with her husband and her dog, 99. You can learn more about her HERE.

More About Our Conversation Partner: Renée Rosen is a USA TODAY bestselling author. Her novels include Fifth Avenue Glamour Girl, The Social Graces, Park Avenue Summer, Windy City Blues, White Collar Girl, What the Lady Wants and Dollface as well as the young adult novel, Every Crooked Pot. Renée is a native of Akron, Ohio and a graduate of the The American University in Washington D.C. She currently lives in Chicago, you can find out more about her HERE.

More About the Venue: The Skokie School, located a few blocks from The Book Stall in Winnetka, has a newly-renovated auditorium with plenty of general admission seating. There is limited parking at the school parking lot but street parking is readily available. The Skokie School is also easily accessible via Metra (UP-N line, Winnetka stop) and Pace buses.

Event date: 

Sunday, February 26, 2023 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Event address: 

The Skokie School
520 Glendale Ave
Winnetka, IL 60093