Old Firehouse Books is beyond excited to partner with Sourcebooks to celebrate New York Times-Bestselling author Marie Benedict and her new book, Her Hidden Genius! Marie will be in converstation with Nathalia Holt on February 2nd at 7pmMT. The event will be taking place exclusively on Zoom, and requires advance registration at this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-event-marie-benedict-celebrates-her-hidden-genius-tickets-213605619157 Please note that the event is free, but you must register on the Eventbrite website.
There will be limited signed bookplates for those who purchase the book!
Rosalind Franklin has always been an outsider—brilliant, but different. Whether working at the laboratory she adored in Paris or toiling at a university in London, she feels closest to the science, those unchanging laws of physics and chemistry that guide her experiments. When she is assigned to work on DNA, she believes she can unearth its secrets.
Rosalind knows if she just takes one more X-ray picture—one more after thousands—she can unlock the building blocks of life. Never again will she have to listen to her colleagues complain about her, especially Maurice Wilkins who'd rather conspire about genetics with James Watson and Francis Crick than work alongside her.
Then it finally happens—the double helix structure of DNA reveals itself to her with perfect clarity. But what unfolds next, Rosalind could have never predicted.
Marie Benedict's powerful new novel shines a light on a woman who sacrificed her life to discover the nature of our very DNA, a woman whose world-changing contributions were hidden by the men around her but whose relentless drive advanced our understanding of humankind.
About Marie Benedict: Marie Benedict is a former lawyer and the author of novels inspired by women whose achievements have been overlooked or underappreciated throughout history and are highly relevant and critical to modern life. She has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, CBS This Morning, and Good Morning America. Her books include the New York Times bestsellers The Only Woman in the Room, The Mystery of Mrs. Christie, and The Personal Librarian (co-authored with Victoria Christopher Murray), as well as The Other Einstein, Carnegie’s Maid, and Lady Clementine.
About Nathalia Holt: Nathalia Holt, Ph.D. is the New York Times bestselling author of The Queens of Animation: The Untold Story of the Women who Transformed the World of Disney and Made Cinematic History (Little, Brown, 2019), Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us from Missiles to the Moon to Mars (Little, Brown, 2016) and Cured: The People who Defeated HIV (Penguin Random House 2014). Her work has appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, Slate, Popular Science, and Time. She is a former fellow at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard University. She lives with her husband and their two daughters in Pacific Grove, CA.
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