Núria Amat was born in Barcelona in 1951. She has since lived in Colombia, Mexico, Berlin, Paris, and the United States.
Amat teaches courses on Archival Sciences and Technology and is a professor of Library Studies at the University of Barcelona. She oversees the Vidas Literarias series, a collection of biographies of the most celebrated authors.
Her novel El país del almazas was a Rómulo Gallegos Award finalist in 2001; Reina de América won Barcelona's Premi Ciutat in 2002 and is coming out in English this year under the title Queen Cocaine.