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agent : jonah@strausliterary.com
Jonah Straus
Straus Literary
319 Lafayette Street, Suite 220, New York, NY 10012
646-843-9950
646-390-3320 (fax)
http://www.strausliterary.com
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Intl Bestseller, Lyons Press Oct '13

Writing is where it all begins. Throughout history, many of the greatest human achievements had their genesis when a writer first sat down to articulate an idea, whether large or small, real or invented. As we hurtle into the future, the importance of writing will only increase, even as the forms and methods of disseminating it shift and change, because there is no substitute for a great idea.

Straus Literary is a full-service boutique agency with offices in New York and San Francisco and is dedicated to cultivating quality writing and unique ideas in a range of genres. Agent Jonah Straus works closely with authors throughout the writing and publishing process, from concept and editing to marketing and publicity, and also utilizes an extensive network of international subagents and contacts in film and television.


years experience: 9
GENRES & SPECIALTIES
General fiction, Mystery, Biography, History, Travel, Lifestyle, Cookbooks, African-American, Historical Fiction, Memoir, Current Events, Politics, Humor, Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural, Works in Translation
LEADING CLIENTS
FICTION
Paulo Lins - Author of acclaimed Brazilian novel CITY OF GOD, the basis for the major motion picture
Nicholas Mennuti - Author of Literary Thrillers; Debut WEAPONIZED (Mulholland / Little, Brown) optioned for film by Universal Studios
Adriana Lisboa - Celebrated Brazilian novelist and winner of Saramago Prize; SYMPHONY IN WHITE and CROW-BLUE (Bloomsbury Circus)
Tatiana Salem Levy - Rising international writer, winner of the São Paulo Literature Prize and a GRANTA Best Young Brazilian Novelist
Alberto Olmos - Prolific blogger and GRANTA Best Young Spanish Novelist; ENEMY ARMY (Random House Mondadori)
Clark Blaise - Canonical Canadian writer; LUNAR ATTRACTIONS (Doubleday); I HAD A FATHER (HarperCollins)
Lucía Etxebarría - Edgy and irreverent Spanish novelist and winner of the Primavera and Planeta Prizes
Robie Macauley (estate) - Novelist, critic, teacher, Iowa Writer's Workshop, editor, Houghton Mifflin; A SECRET HISTORY OF TIME TO COME (Knopf)
Carlos Drummond de Andrade (estate) - The greatest Brazilian poet of the 20th Century, published by Knopf and FSG
Eric Gamalinda - Filipino writer of literary fiction; shortlisted for 2009 Man Asian Literary Prize; EMPIRE OF MEMORY (Anvil)
David Hollander - Writing professor at Sarah Lawrence and noted author of literary fiction: L.I.E (Villard/Ballantine)
Marcos Aguinis - Argentina's top living writer: AY CARMELA (Random House Mondadori); THE SAGA OF A MARRANO (Planeta)
Jose Dalisay, Jr. - Acclaimed Filipino novelist, Man Asian Literary Prize shortlist; Palanca Prize: IN FLIGHT (Schaffner)
Adi Da Samraj - Philosophy and Fiction: EASY DEATH (Dawn Horse); REALITY IS ALL THE GOD THERE IS (Inner Traditions)
Kim Chinquee - Pushcart Prize-winning author of literary and flash fiction: OH BABY (Ravenna); PRETTY (White Pine)
John Keene - Whiting Award winner; poetry and literary fiction: SEISMOSIS (1913 Press); ANNOTATIONS (New Directions)
Robert Lax (estate) – Celebrated Poet: LOVE HAD A COMPASS (Grove), CIRCUS DAYS AND NIGHTS (Overlook)

CULINARY, TRAVEL, PHOTOGRAPHY
Gastón Acurio - Peruvian chef, owner of 29 restaurants worldwide, incl. Astrid y Gastón in Lima (#14 best in world) and La Mar Cebicheria in NYC & SF
Normand Laprise - Pioneer of New Québecois Cuisine, renowned Montréal Chef, book TOQUÉ won Beard award in 2013
Blaine Wetzel - Chef at Willows Inn on Lummi Island, WA; Food & Wine Best New Chef; protegé of Rene Redzepi, Noma; THE BEST MEAL OF YOUR LIFE (Running Press)
Paul Grieco - Wine director, partner at Hearth Restaurant and Terroir Wine Bars in NYC
David Kaplan - Owner of Death & Co in the East Village and Demi Monde in NYC, and bars in LA, Philadelphia, Wyoming and Mumbai; DEATH & CO (Ten Speed)
Julie Reiner - Owner of Clover Club in Brooklyn and Flatiron Lounge in Manhattan; co-founder of Pegu Club
Lou Di Palo - Owner of Di Palo's Fine Foods in Little Italy, America's foremost expert on the foods of Italy; DI PALO'S ITALIAN FOODS (Ballantine)
Tyler Kord - Chef at No. 7 Brooklyn, No. 7 Sub in the Ace Hotel, Plaza Hotel, and Greenpoint; formerly sous-chef at Vongerichten's Perry St.
Toby Cecchini - Cocktail and Spirits columnist for the New York Times, author of COSMOPOLITAN (Broadway/Doubleday)
Jeni Britton Bauer - Founder, ice cream company in Columbus; NYT Bestseller and Beard winner JENI'S SPLENDID ICE CREAMS (Artisan); Book 2 in progress
Juan Marí Arzak - Celebrated Spanish chef, grandfather of new Basque cuisine; number 8 restaurant in the world, 3 Michelin stars since 1989
Martin Cate - Owner of Smuggler's Cove Tiki Bar in San Francisco
Jeff Cox - Organic Food Expert; THE ORGANIC COOK'S BIBLE (Wiley), THE COOK'S HERB GARDEN (DK Publishing)
Regina Charboneau - Executive Chef, Biscuits & Blues SF and American Queen steamboat; southern foodways columnist for THE ATLANTIC
Kristin Donnelly - Senior Food Editor, FOOD & WINE magazine
Martine Barrat - Acclaimed photographer: Life, Vanity Fair, Le Monde; shows: Whitney, Centre Pompidou; DO OR DIE (Viking)

POLITICS, HISTORY, CURRENT EVENTS
Gordon Weiss - Journalist and former United Nations Spokesman, Sri Lanka; THE CAGE (Random House UK / Bellevue Literary Press US)
Alvaro Vargas Llosa - Exiled Peruvian political journalist, son of famed novelist; LIBERTY FOR LATIN AMERICA (FSG)
Jim Marrs - Bestselling writer of conspiracy theory, CROSSFIRE (Carroll & Graf); RISE OF THE FOURTH REICH (Harper Collins)
President Janez Drnovsek (Estate) - of Slovenia, author of books on peace and international relations
Laurentino Gomes - Brazilian journalist and author of bestselling popular history THE FLIGHT OF THE EMPEROR, 1808 (Lyons), over 800,000 sold in Brazil
Kurt Hollander - Mexico City correspondent for New York Times, London Guardian; LOW RENT (Grove Press)
Nicholas Balthazar - Pseudonym for Senior Congressional Aide who writes How-To books for aspiring politicos; THE PRINCE AND THE INTERN (Skyhorse)
Andrés López López - Colombian drug cartel witness; EL CARTEL DE LOS SAPOS (Planeta / Santillana)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Ángel Esteban - Biography, Spanish literature: FIDEL & GABO (Pegasus Books); DE GABO A MARIO (Vintage Español)
Drauzio Varella - Major Brazilian author; CARANDIRU STATION (Simon & Schuster UK), subject of film by Hector Babenco
Alan Weisman - Former CBS producer: LONE STAR: DAN RATHER (Wiley); PRINCE OF DARKNESS: RICHARD PERLE (Un Sq)
Carl Dawson - Historical fiction, memoir, and biography: NOVEMBER 1948 (Virginia); WILLIAM DEAN HOWELLS (California)
Susan Goodman - Literary Biographer, Guggenheim Fellow, University of Delaware: REPUBLIC OF WORDS (UPNE)

MOST RECENT SALES/ FORTHCOMING BOOKS
Gastón Acurio - PERUVIAN NATIONAL CUISINE (Phaidon)
Tatiana Salem Levy - THE HOUSE IN SMYRNA (Scribe)
Tyler Kord - NO. 7 SUB UNTITLED SANDWICH PROJECT (Clarkson Potter)
Clark Blaise - THE CRUELEST GIFT: Inherited Disease in the Age of DNA (Knopf Canada)
Martin Cate - SMUGGLER'S COVE: Cocktails, Rum and the Cult of Tiki (Ten Speed Press)
Eric Gamalinda - THE DESCARTES HIGHLANDS, debut novel (Akashic Books)
Julie Reiner with Kaitlyn Goalen - THE CRAFT COCKTAIL PARTY (Grand Central) six figure deal pre-empt
Jeni Britton Bauer - JENI'S SPLENDID ICE CREAM DESSERTS (Artisan) six figure deal on option
Clark Blaise - THE KEROUAC THAT NEVER WAS (Plympton; short fiction, electronic original)
Regina Charboneau with Harriet Bell - MISSISSIPPI CURRENT: A Culinary Journey down America's Greatest Waterway (Lyons Press)
Lou Di Palo with Rachel Wharton - DI PALO'S ITALIAN FOODS (Ballantine) Six-figure deal at auction
Laurentino Gomes - 1808: THE FLIGHT OF THE EMPEROR (Lyons Press)
Carlos Drummond de Andrade - POETRY ANTHOLOGY (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
David Kaplan and Nick Fauchald - DEATH & CO Cocktail Book (Ten Speed Press) Pre-Empt, Significant Deal
Nicholas Balthazar - THE CAPITOL HILL PLAYBOOK: A Machiavellian Guide for Modern Politicos (Skyhorse)
Adriana Lisboa - CROW-BLUE (Bloomsbury)
Nicholas Mennuti with David Guggenheim - WEAPONIZED (aka EXILE) (Mulholland Books / Little, Brown)
Jeff Cox - FERMENTATION NATION: Great Taste and Good Health with Probiotic Foods (Avery / Penguin)
Anthony Belli - THE STREET SMART SALESMAN: How Growing Up Poor Helped Make Me Rich (Wiley)
E.G. Vallianatos - POISON SPRING: A Secret History of the EPA (Bloomsbury Press)
Gordon Weiss - THE CAGE: The Fight for Sri Lanka and the Last Days of the Tamil Tigers (Bellevue Literary Press)
Drauzio Varella - CARANDIRU STATION (aka LOCKDOWN) (Simon & Schuster UK)
Lygia Fagundes Telles - THE GIRL IN THE PHOTOGRAPH (Dalkey Archive)
Paulo Emilio Salles Gomes - P'S THREE WOMEN (Dalkey Archive)
Kurt Hollander - SEVERAL WAYS TO DIE IN MEXICO CITY (Feral House)
Susan Goodman - REPUBLIC OF WORDS: The Atlantic Monthly and its Writers (UPNE)
Jose Dalisay - IN FLIGHT: Two Novels of the Philippines (Schaffner Press)
Jeni Britton Bauer - JENI'S SPLENDID ICE CREAMS AT HOME (Artisan/Workman) Six figure deal at auction
Gordon Weiss - THE CAGE: The Fight for Sri Lanka and the Last Days of the Tamil Tigers (Bodley Head/Random House UK)
Kim Chinquee - PRETTY (White Pine Press)
Avrom Bendavid-Val - THE HEAVENS ARE EMPTY: Discovering the Lost Town of Trochenbrod (Pegasus Books)
Ángel Esteban & Stéphanie Panichelli - FIDEL & GABO: A Portrait of the Legendary Friendship (Pegasus Books)
Jim Marrs - SISTERHOOD OF THE ROSE (Disinformation Company)
Jim Marrs – ABOVE TOP SECRET (Disinformation Company)
Jim Marrs – THE TERROR CONSPIRACY (Disinformation Company)
Alvaro Vargas Llosa – LIBERTY FOR LATIN AMERICA (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
MOST RECENT RIGHTS SALES
Nicholas Mennuti with David Guggenheim - WEAPONIZED (Film Adaptation Rights to Universal Studios for high six-figures, via Paradigm)
Drauzio Varella - LOCKDOWN (Carandiru Station) (Polish: Czarne via Graal Agency)
Anthony Belli - THE STREET-SMART SALESMAN (Complex Chinese: Business Weekly via Big Apple Agency)
Avrom Bendavid-Val - THE HEAVENS ARE EMPTY (Italian: Ugo Guanda Editore via Susanna Zevi Agency)
Jeni Britton Bauer - JENI'S SPLENDID ICE CREAMS AT HOME (German: Neue Umschau Verlag via Meller Agency)
Jose Dalisay - SOLEDAD'S SISTER (French: Mercure de France / Gallimard via Agence Michelle LaPautre)
Jose Dalisay - KILLING TIME IN A WARM PLACE (Spanish: Libros del Asteroide via Silvia Bastos Agency)
Avrom Bendavid-Val - THE HEAVENS ARE EMPTY (Polish: Swiat Ksiazki via Graal Agency)
Jim Marrs - THE SISTERHOOD OF THE ROSE (Czech: Pléjada via Andrew Nurnberg Prague)
Jim Marrs - THE SISTERHOOD OF THE ROSE (Portugal: Luxcitania via Silvia Bastos Agency)
Marcos Aguinis - THE SAGA OF A MARRANO (Japanese: Sakuhinsha via The English Agency)
Ángel Esteban & Ana Gallego - FROM GABO TO MARIO (US Spanish: Vintage Español)
Gordon Weiss - THE CAGE (Australia & New Zealand: Picador/Pan Macmillan)
Joshua Gidding - FAILURE: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY (Film Option: Montabela Productions)
Ángel Esteban and Stéphanie Panichelli - FIDEL & GABO (Korean: Yemun via Amo Agency)
Jim Marrs - SISTERHOOD OF THE ROSE (Portugal: Luxcitania via Silvia Bastos Agency)
Jim Marrs - SISTERHOOD OF THE ROSE and two other books (Albanian: Bota Shqiptare)
Jim Marrs - SISTERHOOD OF THE ROSE (Bulgarian: Ciela via ELST Literary Agency)
Marcos Aguinis - THE ENLIGHTENED ONES (Japanese: Sakuhinsha via The English Agency)
Jim Marrs - SISTERHOOD OF THE ROSE (Polish: QBook via Graal Agency)
Marcos Aguinis - AY CARMELA (Serbian: Laguna)
Marcos Aguinis - AY CARMELA (Bulgarian: Tony Press via ELST Literary Agency)
Marcos Aguinis - THE SAGA OF A MARRANO (Japanese: Sakuhinsha via The English Agency)
Marcos Aguinis - THE ENLIGHTENED ONES (Film/TV option: Offside Productions for Fox Television Studios)
SPECIALIZED TRAINING, WORK EXPERIENCE, HONORS
13 years additional experience in editorial, sales, and marketing for publishers and book distributors in New York and San Francisco
SUB-AGENTS/ RIGHTS CONTACTS
Spanish / Portugal: Silvia Bastos Agency, Pau Centellas - paucentellas@silviabastos.com
Italian: Susanna Zevi Agenzia Letteraria, Susanna Zevi - office@szevi.it
French: Agence Michelle Lapautre, Catherine Lapautre - catherine@lapautre.com
German: Meller Agency, Regina Seitz - r.seitz@melleragency.com
Brazil: Riff Agency, João Paulo Riff - joaopaulo@agenciariff.com.br
Polish: Graal Agency, Filip Wojciechowski - filip.wojciechowski@graal.com.pl
Czech: Andrew Nurnberg Associates, Lucie Poláková - polakova@nurnberg.cz
Dutch / Scandinavia: Lennart Sane Agency, Philip Sane - philip.sane@lennartsaneagency.com
Russian: AK Agency, Alexander Korzhenevski, alex.akagency@gmail.com
Greek: Iris Literary, Catherine Fragou - irislit@otenet.gr
Bulgarian: ELST Literary Agency, Kalina Stefanova - kalina@eurointegra.com
Romanian: Simona Kessler Agency, Adriana Marina - marina@kessler-agency.ro
Serbian / Balkans: Plima Literary, Vuk Perisic - vuk@plimaliterary.rs
Hungarian: DS Budapest, Szabolcs Török - dsszabolcs@t-online.hu
Turkish: Kalem Agency, Sedef Ilgiç - rights@kalemagency.com
Hebrew: Deborah Harris Agency, Rena Rossner - rena@thedeborahharrisagency.com
Korean: Amo Agency, Amo Noh - amonoh@amoagency.com
Chinese: Big Apple Agency, Luc Kwanten - luckwanten-prc@bigapple-china.com
Japanese: The English Agency, Tsutomu Yawata - tsutomu_yawata@eaj.co.jp
SUB-AGENT FOR
Mertin Agency / Nicole Witt, Germany
Editorial Everest, Spain
Riff Agency, Brazil
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Please send a query letter via email with a synopsis, author bio, and two sample chapters in the body of the email. Due to the volume of submissions, we can only reply to those projects we choose to pursue.
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