Vella to Speak at Tea with Friends on March 14

Christina Vella, biographer, historian and adjunct professor at Tulane University, will be the featured speaker at the fourth annual "Tea with Friends" on Saturday, March 14, at 2 p.m. at Sims Library. Guests at this members' tea of the Friends of Sims Library will enjoy a variety of teas and a selection of delectable sandwiches and pastries.

Vella is the author of Intimate Enemies: The Two Worlds of the Baroness de Pontalba, chosen as one of the best books of the year by The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and The Times-Picayune and made into an opera by Thea Musgrave; The Hitler Kiss: A Memoir of the Czech Resistance (with Radomir Luza); and Indecent Secrets: The Infamous Murri Murder Affair. She is now at work on a biography of Kemal Ataturk.

Vella received her Ph.D. in European and U.S. history from Tulane University. A professor of history for over twenty years, Vella now devotes most of her time to writing and lecturing and has spoken at the Louisiana Festival of the Book, the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival, and the American Biographical Association, to name just a few. She has appeared on NPR, A&E, and the History Channel, and serves as a consultant and writer for the U.S. Department of State. Vella received the 2010 Preservation Award from the Foundation for Historical Louisiana.

The tea is free to members of the Friends of Sims Library. Non-members may reserve a seat for $25, which includes a one-year individual membership in FOSL. Unlimited mimosas will also be available for $10. Reservations must be received by Wednesday, March 11.

To reserve a seat, or to find out more about FOSL, please call Janie Branham at 549-2186 or email

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 2:14:50 PM CDT