Esmond Harmsworth has represented the #1 Wall Street Journal business bestseller and New York Times bestseller Breakthrough: Secrets of America’s Fastest Growing Companies by Keith McFarland; Amanda Ripley’s New York Times bestseller The Smartest Kids in the World—And How They Got That Way; and PEN/Faulkner winner Sabina Murray, author of The Caprices, A Carnivore’s Inquiry, and Valiant Gentlemen.
Born in London, Harmsworth was educated in England before graduating magna cum laude from Brown University and cum laude from Harvard Law School. He was a founding partner of the Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Literary Agency which merged with Kuhn Projects to form Aevitas.
Based in Boston, Harmsworth represents serious nonfiction books on topics such as politics, psychology, culture, and society. For fiction, he represents literary fiction, mystery and crime, popular (mainstream) fiction, and young adult and middle grade fiction.
David Kuhn has represented Amy Schumer’s #1 New York Times bestseller The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo; Liaquat Ahamed’s Pulitzer Prize winning bestseller Lords of Finance; New York Times columnist Charles Blow’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones; Jessi Klein’s bestseller You’ll Grow Out of It; New Yorker editor Mary Norris’s bestseller Between You and Me; Marina Abramovic’s Walk Through Walls; Linda Hirshamns’ bestselling Sisters in Law; and Jessye Norman’s Stand Up Straight and Sing!
Kuhn graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and worked for many years as a magazine editor (Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Brill’s Content) before founding, in 2002, Kuhn Projects, which merged with Zachary Shuster Harmsworth in 2016 to form Aevitas.
Kuhn, based in New York, represents nonfiction books that will educate, entertain, and enlighten in the areas of memoir, current events, history, politics, culture, style, food, music, and entertainment.
Todd Shuster represents such authors as James S. Hirsch, who wrote the New York Times bestselling Hurricane; Oscar-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson, author of the bestselling memoir Around the Way Girl; Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent Jeffrey Gettleman; and Deval L. Patrick, former Governor of Massachusetts. Todd also works with numerous prestigious institutions including The Boston Consulting Group, The Boston Globe, and Jeter Publishing, Derek Jeter’s eponymous imprint at Simon & Schuster. Films Todd has helped shepherd to the big screen include Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon; Black Mass, starring Johnny Depp; and The Pursuit of Happyness, starring Will Smith.
Following college at Yale and law school at Northeastern University, Shuster practiced publishing and entertainment law at the law firms of Palmer & Dodge and Ropes & Gray. He founded the literary agency Zachary Shuster Harmsworth which recently merged with Kuhn Projects to form Aevitas.
Based in New York, Shuster represents both fiction and nonfiction. His nonfiction list primarily focuses on current affairs, politics and civil rights, health and wellness, memoir, business, and history. His fiction list includes both literary and commercial novels, including mysteries and thrillers.
Jennifer Gates has represented numerous New York Times bestselling and award-winning authors, among them Mira Bartók, author of the bestselling and NBCC Award winner The Memory Palace and the forthcoming The Wonderling; Maya Soetoro-Ng’s Ladder to the Moon; Eva Longoria’s Eva’s Kitchen; Thomas P.M. Barnett’s The Pentagon’s New Map; and Chris Gardner’s #1 New York Times bestseller The Pursuit of Happyness.
Gates received her BA in Psychology from Wesleyan University and worked in social services before becoming an editor at a division of HarperCollins. She joined Zachary Shuster Harmsworth as an agent in 1997. Jennifer Gates is a Senior Partner with Aevitas and Director of Strategic Partnerships.
Based in New York, Gates represents a range of nonfiction, including narrative and expert-driven works, memoir, current affairs, pop culture, as well as literary fiction and children’s books.
Laura Nolan represents New York Times bestselling authors, chefs, musicians, and celebrities including Neil Patrick Harris; actor and math advocate, Danica McKellar; actor Christine Lahti; musicians Sara Bareilles, John Fogerty, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, and Martha Wainwright; Master Chef Anita Lo; and bestselling investigative journalist Scott Carney among others.
Nolan has worked for over twenty-five years in the publishing industry, both as a literary agent and as a digital pioneer, having helped launch Barnes & Noble’s e-book publishing program in 2001. Before joining Aevitas, Nolan was the head of book publishing division for Paradigm Talent Agency.
Based in New York, Nolan represents platform-driven narrative nonfiction in the areas of celebrity, music, investigative journalism, women’s issues, alternative health, and lifestyle. She is passionate about cookbooks and food narrative informed by politics or science. She is seeking challenging ideas, incisive writing that asks “big” questions, and artists who are successful in one medium but whose talents and passion translate into narrative.
Janet Silver represents a roster of acclaimed writers. Her clients include Cheryl Strayed, whose memoir, Wild, has sold more than 4 million copies; Anthony Marra, author of the New York Times bestselling novel A Constellation of Vital Phenomena; Monique Truong, winner of the Asian American Literary Award for The Book of Salt; and Hanna Pylväinin, Whiting Award winner of the novel We Sinners.
Janet has in-depth knowledge of the publishing industry and extensive editorial experience. Before joining Aevitas, she was Publisher at Houghton Mifflin, where she worked with such renowned authors as Philip Roth, Jhumpa Lahiri, Tim O’Brien, and Jonathan Safran Foer. She has been a trustee of the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and is on the advisory board of Ploughshares magazine. She was recently profiled in Poets & Writers.
Janet represents literary fiction, memoir, and creative/narrative nonfiction with a compelling storyline. In both fiction and nonfiction, she seeks diverse, singular voices, unique perspectives—and great writing! Based in Boston, she travels regularly to New York.
Lane Zachary represents such prestigious writers as Ha Jin—author of Waiting, War Trash, A Map of Betrayal and winner of The National Book Award, The PEN/Hemingway Award, and The PEN/Faulkner Award—and Pulitzer Prize winner Gail Caldwell, whose memoir Let’s Take the Long Way Home was a New York Times bestseller. Lane helped uncover and sell two never-before-seen Louisa May Alcott novels: A Long Fatal Love Chase and The Inheritance. She also represents the parents of Marina Keegan for the international bestseller, The Opposite of Loneliness, and recently sold veteran theater critic Patti Hartigan’s authorized biography of August Wilson.
After receiving her MA from Mount Holyoke College and BA from Boston University, Lane worked at Little Brown & Co, then as a literary agent at Palmer & Dodge. She founded Zachary Shuster Harmsworth which merged with Kuhn Projects to became Aevitas.
Based in Boston but often in New York, Lane represents fiction, memoir, biography, women’s issue books, history, race, and current affairs. She is interested in books with stunning prose that have the capacity to change the world.
Bridget Wagner Matzie has represented projects such as the #1 New York Times bestseller Shattered by Jon Allen and Amie Parnes, the national bestseller The Case for Impeachment by Allan Lichtman, the New York Times bestseller The Party Is Over by Mike Lofgren, the acclaimed novel The Private Life of Mrs. Sharma by Ratika Kapur, the LA Times bestseller Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy by Eric Wilson, and the New York Times bestselling novel Daemon by Daniel Suarez, among others.
Matzie graduated from Colgate University with a BA in English and Writing. She attended the Columbia University publishing program and subsequently worked for ICM in New York and London, as an agent and rights director at The Sagalyn Agency, and as foreign rights manager at Random House India.
Matzie represents nonfiction and commercial fiction as an Aevitas partner based in Washington, DC., where Washingtonian Magazine listed her as one of DC’s top book agents. She is most interested in strong original ideas, new and international voices, big-think topics and books that challenge readers and create discussion.
Rick Richter recently represented New York Times bestseller Tough as They Come by Sgt. Travis Mills and Priscilla Gorilla by Barbara Bottner and Michael Emberley. He currently represents diverse selection of children’s author/illustrators and adult nonfiction, including reporters from The Boston Globe and The Washington Post.
Richter was a founding employee and then president of the prestigious children’s publisher Candlewick Press. He then served over a decade on the Executive Committee of Simon & Schuster in the roles of President, Sales and Distribution and President and Publisher, Children’s Books.
Based in Boston, Richter is most interested in children’s books of all ages, narrative nonfiction in the areas of history, music and musicians, sports and sports celebrities, self-help, comedians as authors, big think books on controversial social policy, and men’s fiction.
Jane von Mehren represents leading thinkers including paleontologist Stephen Brusatte’s The Rise and Fall of Dinosaurs, historian Susan Stryker’s Changing Gender, psychoanalyst Erica Komisar’s Being There, and fiction such as Janet Benton’s Lilli de Jong and Kevin Morris’s All Joe Knight.
She holds a BA with honors from Vassar College. Before becoming an agent, von Mehren was an editor and publishing executive at Houghton Mifflin, Penguin, and Random House, most recently as a Senior Vice President and Publisher at Random House.
Working out of Aevitas’s New York office, von Mehren is interested in narratives in the areas of business, history, memoir, popular culture and science, books that help us live our best lives, literary, book club, and historical fiction.
Sarah Bowlin joined Aevitas in early 2017 after a decade as an editor of literary fiction and nonfiction. She has worked on the international breakout novel How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti; the New York Times Notable Book, The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips; the National Book Award-nominated The End by Salvatore Scibona; and works by the award-winning novelist, Juan Gabriel Vásquez.
Bowlin has a BA in American Literature from New York University. Originally from the South, she got her start in publishing at Riverhead Books and was most recently a senior editor at Henry Holt & Company.
As an Aevitas agent based in Los Angeles, she is focused on bold, diverse voices in fiction and nonfiction. She’s especially interested in stories of strong or difficult women and unexpected narratives of place, of identity, and of the shifting ways we see ourselves and each other. She’s also interested in food history, wine, and dance.
Michelle Brower has represented National Book Award finalist Erika L. Sánchez, the New York Times bestseller The House Girl by Tara Conklin; bestselling historical fiction author Hazel Gaynor; the Barnes & Noble Discover Pick The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler; and After Disasters by Viet Dinh, which was named a finalist for the 2017 PEN/Faulkner Prize.
After graduating from New York University with a MA degree in literature, Brower began her career in agenting at Wendy Sherman Associates. Before joining Aevitas, she was a Senior Vice President at Folio Literary Management.
Brower represents fiction and narrative nonfiction out of the New York office of Aevitas. Her interests include book club fiction (a commercial concept with a literary execution), literary fiction (including with an element of genre), and smart women’s fiction. She also represents select young adult, middle grade, and memoir projects. Some of her favorite non-client writers are Emily St. John Mandel, Maggie Shipstead, Tana French, and Barbara Kingsolver.
Michelle Brower is currently closed for submissions. Please check back at a later date.
During his three decades in publishing and journalism, Nick Chiles shepherded many bestselling books from conception to publication as a celebrity co-author, writing New York Times bestsellers with R&B icon Bobby Brown, civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton, and gospel legend Kirk Franklin, among others.
Chiles served as a newspaper reporter, magazine writer, and magazine and website editor-in-chief during his years in journalism, winning nearly 20 major awards—including a 1992 Pulitzer Prize as part of a New York Newsday team. He has also spent considerable time teaching writing to young people, helping to mold the next generation of Morrisons and Rowlings. Chiles is a graduate of Yale University.
Based in Atlanta, Chiles is deeply interested in nonfiction and fiction stories of individuals taking on entrenched institutions, writing that fearlessly pushes us to look at each other in fresh ways, voices that shine a light on the darkest corners of our society. He is on the lookout for original takes on American heroes—or crowning new ones—in areas like sports, music and the arts.
Lori Galvin is interested in both fiction (especially thrillers and smart women’s fiction) and non-fiction (cookbooks, memoir, and personal development). Based in Boston, she is currently representing projects for Washington Post columnist Cathy Barrow, Top Chef finalist Kwame Onwuachi, and Shark Tank winner Kim Nelson of Daisy Cakes. She also represents writers Cambria Brockman and Hannah Kirshner, as well as writer, poet, and translator Eleanor Goodman.
Some of her favorite non-client fiction authors include Megan Abbott, Margot Livesey, Celeste Ng, and Tom Perrotta.
Prior to joining Aevitas, Galvin was executive editor at the multimedia publisher America’s Test Kitchen, where she led a team that produced dozens of landmark cookbooks. Galvin was also an editor at Houghton Mifflin, a restaurant cook, and ran a bed-and-breakfast in Maine.
Over the past two decades, David Granger has worked closely with hundreds of prominent writers, artists, actors, and public figures in his capacity as a magazine editor.
Granger was the editor in chief of Esquire magazine for 19 years, from 1997 until 2016. During his tenure the magazine won 17 National Magazine Awards and Granger was the industry’s editor of the year on three separate occasions. He was awarded the Missouri Honor Medal from the University of Missouri in 2014 for his contributions to journalism. He earned his BA from the University of Tennessee and his MA from the University of Virginia.
Based in New York, Granger has eclectic tastes. Sure, he’s obsessed with politics and current events; actual innovation in design, technology, and science; the culture of food; literary fiction; fame. But what binds these things is a yen for writing that pushes boundaries. Oh, and he has an awful weakness for American tough guy novels: The Continental Op to Reacher, with Dave Robicheaux and Harry Bosch and Buck Schatz and Isaiah Quintabe mixed in.
Sarah Levitt represents critically acclaimed fiction and nonfiction writers. Her list includes journalists, academics, historians, scientists, and musicians, among others.
Levitt graduated summa cum laude as a University Honors Scholar and Founders’ Day Award recipient from New York University, with a BA in Classics and English literature. Prior to joining Aevitas, Levitt was as an agent at The Zoë Pagnamenta Agency, where she also handled contracts and foreign rights.
As an Aevitas agent based in New York, she is most interested in narrative nonfiction in the areas of popular science, big ideas, history, humor, pop culture, memoir, and reportage, in addition to voice-driven literary fiction with a bold plot and fresh, imaginative characters. She’s excited by strong female and underrepresented voices, the strange and speculative, and projects that ignite cultural conversation.
William LoTurco has represented such titles as Parental Discretion is Advised: The Rise of N.W.A and the Dawn of Gangsta Rap by Gerrick Kennedy, Significant Zero: Heroes, Villains, and the Fight for Art and Soul in Video Games by Walt Williams, and Leaving Raqqa: Two Syrian Brothers’ Journeys Through Europe, America, and The Islamic State by Jordan Ritter Conn.
Prior to joining Aevitas Creative Management, LoTurco worked at Vigliano Associates and WME in New York. He received his BA in History from The University of Connecticut.
An agent based in New York, LoTurco is interested in narrative nonfiction, biography, and memoir.
Jen Marshall has worked closely over the years with a wide range of award-winning and bestselling authors, including Margaret Atwood, P.D. James, Ayelet Waldman, Dan Brown, Mona Simpson, Chris Bohjalian, E L James, Thomas Cahill, Claire Messud, Erin Morgenstern, Joseph Ellis, and Karen Armstrong.
Marshall joined Aevitas after almost twenty years working for the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group at Penguin Random House in various roles from Director of Publicity for Anchor Books to Publicist-at-Large for the imprint. Prior to that, Jen worked as an independent bookseller. She brings to her work as an agent a thorough understanding of the publishing and bookselling industries, as well as deep expertise in public relations, social media, and audience-building. A native of northwest Connecticut, Jen graduated from Bucknell University with honors in English.
Marshall represents a range of fiction and nonfiction. She is most interested in books you would recommend to your friends in a hot minute: literary fiction, commercial fiction, crime, thrillers, speculative fiction, style, pop culture, and compelling narrative nonfiction. She divides her time between our New York office and her home in Western Massachusetts.
Lauren Sharp represents award-winning journalists, historians, and academics from the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the U.S. House of Representatives, Georgetown University, Slate, Stanford University, the New America Foundation, and elsewhere.
Sharp graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelors in English, and from the University of Cincinnati with a Masters in English, Creative Writing. Prior to joining Aevitas, she worked as an agent and rights director at ICM/Sagalyn, and interned with the Ross Yoon Agency.
Sharp is based in Washington, DC, and represents nonfiction in the areas of politics, history, current affairs, narrative nonfiction, and science.
Becky Sweren represents narrative nonfiction such as The Fox Hunt by Mohammed Al Samawi (William Morrow), Miami 1980 by Nicholas Griffin (37 INK/ Atria), and From the Corner of the Oval by Rebecca Dorey-Stein (Spiegel & Grau). She also represents literary fiction such as Lotus by Lijia Zhang (Holt), New York Times bestsellers such as The Secret Life of the American Musical by Jack Viertel (FSG), and acclaimed history such as Making Monte Carlo by Mark Braude (Simon & Schuster).
Becky graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Duke University with a BA in English and in Theater Studies. Prior to joining Aevitas, she worked at Janklow & Nesbit Associates.
She is most interested in investigative journalism, popular history, big ideas that challenge conventional wisdom, culture, and voice-driven memoirs that offer a window into places or industries.
Nan Thornton brings nearly twenty years’ worth of experience to Aevitas. A former subsidiary rights assistant at Knopf, Thornton has practiced copyright law for 12 years, representing authors and their estates as well as Pearson Education, where she was in house counsel before becoming an agent.
Thornton is a graduate of Phillips Academy, Georgetown University, and Vanderbilt Law School. A New York City native who grew up on Long Island, she is surprised to call New Jersey home.
Based in the New York office, Thornton is seeking authors working in a broad range of areas, including literary and commercial fiction, narrative nonfiction, biography, memoir, and nonfiction in the areas of health, science, business, parenting, and education.
Susan Zanger represents influential and groundbreaking content creators including Aaron Mahnke, creator of the hit podcast Lore, now a major book series and worldwide streaming television show, in addition to celebrities, athletes, and lifestyle, business, and thought leaders, among others.
Susan received her BA in Psychology and in Marketing from Syracuse University. She has held senior roles in magazine publishing and marketing and was most recently Director, Content Development at Zachary Shuster Harmsworth.
As an Aevitas agent based in New York, Susan is most interested in platform-driven narrative nonfiction with a socially conscious bent, inspirational memoir, arts and culture, pop-culture, humor, and projects with compelling storytelling potential across multiple platforms.
Rob Arnold has over a decade of experience in literary publishing. Before coming to Aevitas, he cofounded the online journal Memorious, and subsequently worked at Ploughshares, Fence Books, Beacon Press, and PEN New England, where he was associate director.
Based in Boston, Arnold is interested in literary fiction and nonfiction, graphic novels, memoir and biography, science, technology, art, and narrative nonfiction exploring issues of race, class, and gender.
Erica Bauman is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and has worked in the publishing industry for the last five years. Before coming to Aevitas she worked at Spectrum Literary Agency.
Based in New York, Erica is currently focused on representing a wide range of authors across middle grade, young adult, and adult fiction, as well as some select narrative nonfiction projects. She is most interested in novels that straddle the line between literary and commercial, imaginative tales with a speculative twist, fearless storytellers that tackle big ideas and contemporary issues, and working with and supporting marginalized authors and stories that represent the wide range of humanity.
Justin Brouckaert graduated from Saginaw Valley State University with a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing. He earned his Master of Fine Arts in Fiction at the University of South Carolina, where he was a James Dickey Fellow and an editor of the literary journal Yemassee. Before coming to Aevitas, he was the assistant director of the Southern Interscholastic Press Association in Columbia, South Carolina.
Justin is interested in character-driven literary fiction, both realist and speculative, as well as memoir and reportage. In both genres, he looks for work that explores the surreal in everyday life, as well as work that turns a nuanced eye to the world of sports. He is based in New York.
Kate Mack has worked with authors such as Kate Schelter (Classic Style), Ian Purkayastha (Truffle Boy), and Rookie Magazine (Rookie Yearbook 3; Yearbook 4; Rookie On series forthcoming).
Mack graduated from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study.
Mack represents nonfiction as an Aevitas agent based in New York. She is most interested in cultural history, fashion, music, illustrated books for adults, strong female voices, and stories that give a voice to a person or community that’s historically been silenced or ostracized.
Nate Muscato graduated from Vassar College with a BA in English and Italian. Prior to joining Aevitas, he worked at Farrar, Straus & Giroux and Sterling Lord Literistic, and taught high school students in Milan.
Muscato is interested in smart sci-fi, fantasy, and speculative fiction that introduces readers to imaginative new worlds—or presents radical new ways of imagining their own. He also seeks nonfiction writing that emphasizes intersectionality when considering the arts, culture, history, and the future. He is based in New York.
Anna Pedersen graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Haverford College with a BA in Comparative Literature. She has spent the past two years teaching writing to undergraduate students at NYU Abu Dhabi, where she also worked with the literary magazine Painted Bride Quarterly and the theater journal The Drama Review.
Pedersen is interested in literary fiction and nonfiction, memoir, history, and arts and culture. She is based in New York.
Chelsey Heller is Aevitas Creative Management’s Director of Foreign Rights, handling all translation rights for our titles. She most recently worked for the rights department at Writers House from 2010 to 2014, working with their list of New York Times and internationally bestselling authors. She began her publishing career when she interned at Foundry Literary + Media in 2009, where she first realized an interest in subsidiary rights as a career path.
Heller graduated with a BA in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007. She is based in New York.
Allison Warren joined Aevitas Creative Management in December 2016 as Creative Executive in the agency’s film and television department. Warren manages the agency’s new relationship with acclaimed management and production company Anonymous Content.
Previously, Warren served as Creative Executive at Lava Bear Films, the LA-based film production and financing company founded by David Linde (which recently produced the Oscar-nominated film Arrival, directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner), after working in film development at Fox 2000, a division of Twentieth Century Fox specializing in book-to-film adaptations, and New Line Cinema.
Based in New York, Warren received a BS in Television, Radio, and Film from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, and is originally from Philadelphia.
A Paris-based writer and public relations expert, Doreen is a former international correspondent with twenty years at The New York Times and corporate experience as a former vice president in communications for Bertelsmann, the German media company. She has covered the business of culture and book publishing and also specialized in investigative reporting, tracing the heirs of art works looted during World War II. Currently, she is associated with the historic Paris auction house of Drouot in their Grande Ecole art business program.
Ariel Foxman has worked in editorial publishing for the past two decades, at companies including Random House, Condé Nast and Time Inc. Ariel graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a BA in English and American Literature and Language and The Comparative Study of Religion. Before partnering with Aevitas, he worked as Editorial Director of the InStyle and StyleWatch brands, overseeing print, digital, international, and product. Prior to that, Ariel was the Editor in Chief of Condé Nast’s men’s magazine Cargo. He has held additional editorial positions at The New Yorker, Details, and Crown Publishers.
Pablo Galarza is a seasoned communications and marketing professional who excels at finding, interpreting, packaging, and marketing ideas, content and products to professional and retail audiences. He has reported, written and edited for Forbes Magazine, Smart Money, Money, and CNNMoney. Building on his editorial strengths, Pablo segued into helping build and run a creative agency that produced communications and marketing programs for Citigroup’s and Morgan Stanley’s Wealth Management divisions. His entrepreneurial bent soon led him to Athena Art Finance, a Carlyle Group sponsored specialty-finance start-up, where he oversaw the creation of the brand, steered marketing and helped with business development. Pablo earned a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Rutgers University.
A veteran journalist and author, Duff McDonald has been a contributing editor at New York, Fortune, and The New York Observer, and has written for The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Esquire, Business Week, Conde Nast Portfolio, GQ, WIRED, Time, Newsweek, and others. In 2004, he was the recipient of two Canadian National Magazine Awards—Best Business Story (gold) and Best Investigative Reporting (silver)—for Conrad’s Fall in National Post Business. Duff’s books include The Firm: The Story of McKinsey & Its Secret Influence on American Business (Simon & Schuster, 2013); Last Man Standing, his biography of Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase (Simon & Schuster, 2009); and The Golden Passport: Harvard Business School, the Limits of Capitalism, and the Moral Failure of the MBA Elite (HarperCollins, 2017).