Tilar J. Mazzeo is the New York Times bestselling author of books that include The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It, The Secret of Chanel No. 5: The Intimate Story of the World’s Most Famous Perfume, and The Hotel On The Place Vendôme: Life, Death, And Betrayal At The Hôtel Ritz In Paris (all HarperCollins). She also writes extensively on wine for the media and is the author of The Back Lane Wineries of Napa, The Back Lane Wineries of Sonoma (Ten Speed Press), and the forthcoming guide to The Back Lane Wineries of the Pacific Northwest. She is currently working on the story of the Holocaust heroine, Irena Sendler, the “female Schindler.” Irena’s Children is forthcoming with Gallery / Simon & Schuster in 2016. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington, Seattle, and today writes narrative nonfiction and memoir on the history of war, women, and luxury.
She teaches English as the Clara C. Piper Associate Professor of English at Colby College and teaches narrative nonfiction at writer’s workshops in the Canadian Gulf Islands of British Columbia. She divides her time between Saanichton, British Columbia; New York City; and Portland, Maine.