Jonah Straus is the founder of Straus Literary, a boutique literary agency based in San Francisco with a presence in New York. He specializes in literary fiction, often with an international or multicultural outlook, as well as journalism, history, narrative nonfiction, and the culinary arts.

Jonah Straus got his start in the warehouse at Atrium Publishers Group, an independent book distributor in Northern California, and went on to hold positions in production, editorial, sales, and marketing at several publishers in the San Francisco Bay Area.

He moved to New York in 2005, where he worked in marketing for arts and literary programs, including the Selected Shorts NPR reading series at Symphony Space. He established Straus Literary in 2007, and moved the agency back to San Francisco in 2013 while maintaining a regular presence in New York.

Fiction clients include Achy Obejas (Lambda winner, Days of Awe, Ballantine), John Keene (Whiting Award, Counternarratives, New Directions), David Hollander (L.I.E., Ballantine), Gregory Brown (debut novel, The Lowering Days, forthcoming, HarperCollins), Adriana Lisboa (Saramago Prize, Crow Blue, Bloomsbury), celebrated Canadian writer Clark Blaise (The Cruelest Gift, forthcoming, Knopf), and Eric Gamalinda (Man Asian Prize finalist, The Descartes Highlands, Akashic).

Nonfiction writers include health care journalist Sarah DiGregorio (Early, HarperCollins), Brazilian bestseller Drauzio Varella (Lockdown, Simon & Schuster), 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.


Literary fiction that takes the reader on a journey to another place, another time, or that explores an under-represented culture.

Memoir, Biography, History, Narrative Nonfiction, Nature Writing


Achy Obejas
Sarah DiGregorio
Gregory Brown

Specializes In

FICTION: Family Saga, Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural

NONFICTION: Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, Food & Lifestyle, History, Multi-Cultural, Nature/Ecology, Travel


FICTION: Crime, GLBT, Historical Fiction, Humor/Satire, Mystery, Short Story Collections

NONFICTION: Adventure/True Story, GLBT, Humor, Investigative Journalism, Memoir, Music, Narrative, Parenting, Politics, Pop Culture, Psychology, Science