Jonah Straus is founder of Straus Literary, a boutique literary agency based in San Francisco with an office in New York. He specializes in literary fiction, especially with with an international or multicultural perspective, journalism, history, narrative nonfiction, and the culinary arts.
Jonah got his start in publishing in the warehouse of Atrium Publishers Group, a book distributor in Northern California. He worked his way onto their sales force and over the subsequent ten years held positions in production, editorial and marketing at several publishers in the San Francisco area.
He moved to New York in 2005, where he helped promote the Selected Shorts NPR reading series at Symphony Space. He established Straus Literary there in 2007, and moved the agency back to San Francisco in 2015, keeping a satellite office in Manhattan.
Notable fiction clients include David Hollander (L.I.E., Ballantine), Adriana Lisboa (Saramago Prize; Crow Blue, Bloomsbury) John Keene (Whiting Award, Counternarratives, New Directions), celebrated Canadian writer Clark Blaise (The Cruelest Gift, forthcoming from Knopf), Tatiana Salem Levy (Granta Best Young Brazilian Novelist; The House in Smyrna, Scribe) and Eric Gamalinda (Man Asian Prize finalist, The Descartes Highlands, Akashic Books).
Nonfiction writers include journalist Alvaro Vargas Llosa (Liberty for Latin America, FSG), Brazilian bestseller Drauzio Varella (Lockdown, Simon & Schuster), premature birth expert Sarah DiGregorio (Early, forthcoming from HarperCollins) environmental whistleblower E.G. Vallianatos (Poison Spring, Bloomsbury Press) and UN spokesperson Gordon Weiss (The Cage, Random House) as well as a select group of chefs, artisans, and food and travel writers.
Sample Titles or Authors
Family Saga, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural
Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, Food & Lifestyle, History, Investigative Journalism, Multi-Cultural, Narrative, Science, Travel
Crime, GLBT, Humor/Satire, Mystery, Short Story Collections, Thrillers/Suspense
Adventure/True Story, GLBT, Humor, Medical, Memoir, Military/War, Music, Nature/Ecology, Parenting, Politics, Pop Culture, Psychology, Technology