About Graal Agency

About Graal Literary Agency

Graal Literary Agency was founded in 1993 as a family business by Maria and Zbigniew Kański. Maria endowed the company with her long publishing and editorial experience, while Zbigniew invested his academic and translational expertise.

Today Graal Literary Agency is proud to represent hundreds of bestselling authors, publishers and literary agencies. The agency’s success now depends to a great extent on the knowledge and enthusiasm of its steadily increasing number of young agents employed at Graal.

Our team
Maria Strarz-Kańska
Owner

Maria Strarz-Kańska

Editor, publisher, agent. Graduated in English literature from The Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Worked at Wydawnictwo Literackie, first as an editor, later as head of Foreign Literature Department. Introduced to the Polish market Allen Ginsberg, Philip Roth, James Dickey, Sylvia Plath, Jerzy Kosinski among others. After Poland regained democracy she founded a literary agency, first under her own name and in 1993, together with her husband, set up Graal Ltd. Maria loves nature trails, skiing and swimming. She is a constant reader.

Zbigniew Kański
Owner

Zbigniew Kański

M.A. in English at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, PhD in linguistics at The University of Silesia in Katowice, graduate student at the Durham University (England), State University of New York at Fredonia, and Eastern Michigan University at Ypsilanti; Senior Fulbright Fellow at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Co-founded the Graal Literary Agency, designed and developed the proprietary agency software, started and directed the academic and professional books section in the agency business. Interests: wildlife and landscape photography.

Justyna Pelaska
Agent

Justyna Pelaska

Justyna graduated from Warsaw University with an M.A. in American Cultural Studies. She joined Graal in 2012, initially as an assistant, before becoming an agent in 2016. She handles translation rights on behalf of American, British, and Australian agencies and publishing houses.

Tomasz Bereziński
Agent

Tomasz Bereziński

Tomasz zaczął współpracę z Graalem już w 2005 r. Po kilkuletniej przerwie i zebraniu doświadczenia w największym polskim wydawnictwie naukowym wrócił do nas w 2014. Tomasz reprezentuje między innymi wszystkich naszych klientów z obszaru niemieckojęzycznego.

Olga Więzowska
Assistant

Olga Więzowska

Absolwentka historii sztuki na Uniwersytecie Warszawskim. W Graalu od 2016, wcześniej realizowała swoją miłość do literatury pracując w księgarni i publikując w kwartalniku architektonicznym Rzut. Entuzjastka zwierząt futerkowych, książek o odkrywcach i bardzo złych filmów

Filip Wojciechowski
Agent

Filip Wojciechowski

Filip has a BA from Harvard College, and a MA in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University. He joined Graal in 2010, having previously worked as a translation rights manager at a publishing house. When he's not reading, he enjoys running, playing guitar, and coding.

Paulina Machnik
Agent

Paulina Machnik

Twardych zasad pracy w książkach uczyła się w wydawnictwie W.A.B., z którym była związana przez blisko dwa lata. Do zespołu Graala dołączyła w 2015 roku. Po godzinach można ją spotkać na ścieżkach rowerowych, na wykładach popularnonaukowych i spacerach przyrodniczych.

Łukasz Wróbel
Agent

Łukasz Wróbel

A graduate of Warsaw School of Economics, Łukasz has worked in the publishing industry since 2001. He was a rights manager at a publishing house before joining Graal in 2009. He likes SF/fantasy books and thrillers. Harry Dresden and Jack Reacher are his favorite literary characters.

Michał Landsberger
Agent/Assistant

Michał Landsberger

Born in 1981 in Warsaw, Michał has a degree in English Philology from Warsaw University. He has worked at Graal since 2010. He specializes in non-fiction books, mostly in business, academic, and IT titles. He prefers the written to the spoken word.