Irene Vilar was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Her memoir The Ladies’ Gallery (2009, 1996) was a Philadelphia Inquirer and Detroit Free Press notable book of the year and was short-listed for the 1999 Mind Book of the Year Award. The memoir was featured on NPR’s Fresh Air, CBS, PBS, Vogue magazine, New York Times Magazine, and in the Arts’ front page of The New York Times. Her latest memoir, Impossible Motherhood (2009), is a bestseller in Italy, and won the 2010 IPPY book award for best memoir/autobiography and 2nd place in the 12th Latino Book Awards. Vilar is literary agent for Vilar Creative Agency, and co-agent in the U.S. for Ray-Gude Mertin Literary Agency.