Tomaszewska joins Virago as senior commissioning editor

Tomaszewska joins Virago as senior commissioning editor

Rose Tomaszewska will be joining Virago permanently, after covering Sarah Savitt’s parental leave since July last year.

Tomaszewska is credited as having made "an enormous impact on the team" since she began working at Virago seven months ago. She edited and published authors on Savitt’s behalf, including Sigrid Nunez, Marjorie Celona, Stella Duffy, Una, Lara Thompson, Chibundu Onuzo and Sonia Purnell, and concluded new deals for existing Virago authors such as Åsne Seierstad, Nunez and Caroline O’Donoghue. She also made several acquisitions: Nobody Will Tell You This But Me by Bess Kalb, due to publish April 2020; Easy Beauty by Chloe Cooper Jones; and the short story anthology Hag, with contributors including Daisy Johnson and Eimear McBride.

Previously at Quercus, Tomaszewska began assisting publisher Jon Riley in 2012, working with authors including William Shaw, Claire Vaye Watkins and Polly Clark, and later commissioning. When riverrun launched in 2016, she helped shape the list alongside Riley, Niamh Mulvey and Rich Arcus, publishing books by Catrina Davies, Kim Sherwood, Natasha Carthew, Barbara Bourland, Heather O’Neill, Alev Scott and Joan Smith.

Savitt, publisher of Virago, said: "Rose is a superb editor who embraces and embodies the spirit of Virago but will also bring new voices and new thinking to the imprint. I felt very lucky to have her working with my authors while I was on maternity leave, and I am now thrilled that she will be joining us permanently. She has already found fantastic writers who, with flair and wit, tell wonderful stories while pushing boundaries. I can’t wait to see how her list develops."

Tomaszewska said: "It’s been a joy to work at Virago these few months: enlivening, inspiring and challenging in all the best ways. I’ve learnt so much from the brilliant team here–Clare Smith, Lennie Goodings, Ailah Ahmed, Donna Coonan and Sophia Schoepfer—and am looking forward hugely to working more closely with Sarah on her return, whose wisdom and taste I respect so highly. I’m delighted to be staying on, publishing the authors I’ve acquired and finding new voices for an imprint that is truly dynamic and forward-thinking."