After her academic work, Plagiarism and Literary Property in the Romantic Period appeared in 2007, Tilar J. Mazzeo gained New York Times bestseller status with The Widow Clicquot, a biography of Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin, the eponymous founder of the champagne house Veuve Clicquot (Harper Collins 2008). As a cultural historian, she proceeded with three European follow-ups, The Secret of Chanel No. 5: The Biography of a Scent. (2010), Irena's Children, (2016), the story of Polish social worker Irena Sendler who saved the lives of thousands of Jewish children during World War II, and The Hotel on Place Vendôme (HarperCollins $33.99 2014), which became another New York Times bestseller in travel writing and was a Los Angeles Times bestseller for more than 20 weeks.

In The Hotel on Place Vendôme she describes intrigues at the Ritz Hotel in Paris during the Nazi occupation, As soon as the Nazis far too easily overtook Paris in 1940, Adolf Hitler ordered the Ritz Hotel to remain in its luxury mode, serving as headquarters for his highest-ranking officers, including Riechsmarshal Herman Goring while simultaneously attracting rich patrons and artists like Coco Chanel, Ingrid Bergman, Ernest Hemingway and Marcel Proust. Celebrities slept with fascists; Wehrmacht officers plotted to assassinate the Fuhrer. It's a story of opulence and nasty, evil, ambitious people.

In January, 2014--just prior to hitting the promo circuit to hype The Hotel on Place Vendôme--Mazzeo received her permanent residency papers for Canada. She now lives in Saanichton with her husband, Dr. Robert Miles, a Canadian professor of English, where she is the proprietor and winemaker at Parsell Vineyard. As a wine writer she has contributed to Food and Wine and Mental Floss, and written The Back Lane Wineries of Napa and The Back Lane Wineries of Sonoma (Ten Speed Press).

Previously, Mazzeo was the Clara C. Piper Associate Professor of English at Colby College in Maine and held teaching appointments at the University of Wisconsin, Oregon State University, and the University of Washington. She was also the Jenny McKeon Moore Writer in Residence in the Creative Writing and English program at the George Washington University from 2010-2011 and a Washington Scholar at Pembroke College, Cambridge, UK in the late 1990s.

She has since begun work on a biography of Eliza Hamilton, the wife of Alexander Hamilton.

[BCBW 2018]