Liz Calder

b. 1938

Liz Calder was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2018.

Liz Calder joined Victor Gollancz in 1972, and after she discovered Angela Carter and John Irving she was hired by Tom Maschler as fiction editor at Jonathan Cape. The authors she discovered and nurtured there include Julian Barnes, Salman Rushdie and Anita Brookner. In 1986 she became a founder of Bloomsbury Publishing, where she was the prime mover in the successful careers of Will Self, Anne Michaels, David Guterson and Joanna Trollope. Margaret Atwood and Nadine Gordimer followed her to Bloomsbury from Cape. She was always interested in, and supportive of, writers throughout the world – Ahdaf Soueif, Isabel Allende, Michael Ondaatje and David Grossman, to name but a few. In 2003, she founded the Paraty Literary Festival in Brazil, attracting major writers from all over the world. Carmen Callil says of her, ‘Liz Calder has been a rare publisher, one whose taste and discrimination has brought diversity and value to the published literature of the UK.’ Liz is also in 2018 being elected an Honorary Fellow of the RSL.