20 Apr 2019

Liz Calder: Star ex-pat publisher is honoured in Christchurch

From Saturday Morning, 11:04 am on 20 April 2019
Liz Calder

Liz Calder Photo: supplied/ UC

Elisabeth Calder emigrated from England to NZ with her family in 1949 and returned in 1958 after graduating with a BA in English literature from the University of Canterbury.

This week she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) by UC for a stellar career in editing and publishing that saw her co-found Bloomsbury Publishing and discover some of the greatest writers of our times including Salman Rushdie, John Irving, and Anita Brookner.

Books under her auspices included The Handmaid's TaleThe English PatientMidnight's Children and numerous others, and number several Booker and Nobel prize winners. Liz Calder was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2018.