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; the thrilling Southern Gothic mystery The Gates of Evangeline by Hester Young; and Michelle Hoover’s acclaimed literary novel Bottomland.
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, business, history and science. For fiction, he represents literary fiction, mystery and crime, thriller, suspense and horror, and historical novels.
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: The Bankers Who Broke the World, and Jim Carrey and Dana Vachon’s novel Memoirs and Misinformation, as well as books by New York Times columnist Charles Blow; filmmaker Bong Joon-ho, director of Parasite; Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post critic Robin Givhan; comedian-writer-actresses Jessi Klein, Casey Wilson, and June Diane Raphael; New Yorker editor/writer Mary Norris; New York Times reporters Jeremy Peters and Vanessa Friedman; former New Yorker Cartoon Editor Bob Mankoff; performance artist Marina Abramovic; feminist and lawyer Linda Hirshman; Ms. magazine co-founder Letty Cottin Pogrebin; opera legend Jessye Norman; lawyer and journalist Steven Brill; scholar and television producer Henry Louis Gates Jr.; fashion designers Isaac Mizrahi, Zac Posen, and Betsey Johnson; former New York City Schools Chancellor Dr. Rudy Crew; Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI); former Congressman Steve Israel; actor and environmentalist Ted Danson; actor-writers Gabourey Sidibe, John Lithgow, Julianne Moore, Parker Posey, Gina Gershon, and Rosie Perez; and institutions including New York magazine, The Women’s March, and The Wall Street Journal.
Kuhn graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and worked for many years as a magazine editor. He was Senior Editor at Vanity Fair, Features Director at The New Yorker (where he also edited the “Talk of the Town” and “Shout & Murmurs” pages as well as a dozen of the magazine’s non-fiction Special Issues), and Editor in Chief at Brill’s Content. In 2002, he founded 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.
Toby Mundy represented the recent bestsellers Damaged Goods, Oliver Shah’s biography of Philip Green; The Road to Somewhere by David Goodhart; Red River Girl by Joanna Jolly, Who Can You Trust? by Rachel Botsman; and Maestra by Lisa Hilton. His clients include Tobias Buck, Stephen Bush, Ruth Brandon, James Crabtree, Michael Dine, Daniel Finkelstein, Charles Handy, Tiffany Jenkins, Andrew Keen, Ivan Krastev, Ian Leslie, Owen Matthews, Paul Morland, Arkady Ostrovsky, Nicolas Pelham, Leigh Phillips, Richard V Reeves, Jonathan Rowson, Donald Sassoon, Geoffrey Wheatcroft, Christian Wolmar and Emma Young. He also represents organisations such as The How to: Academy; Stylist magazine; New Scientist, the TLS and The Browser.com.
Before becoming a literary agent, Toby founded Atlantic Books Limited, where he served as chief executive and publisher from 2000 to 2014, publishing a significant number of number of bestsellers and prize-winning titles. He won ‘Editor of the Year’ and Atlantic Books also won ‘Imprint of the Year’ (2005, 2008) and ‘Independent Publisher of the Year’ (2008) at the British Book Awards. He is also executive director of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-fiction, the most prestigious non-fiction book prize in the UK; chair of trustees of Wimbledon BookFest, a registered charity; chair of the advisory board of The Sunday Times — Audible Short Story Award; and a patron of the UK’s National Festival of the Humanities, which is run by the University of London’s School of Advanced Study. He was a non-executive director of Prospect Publishing Limited for 10 years, where he was also a contributing editor and editorial board member. He has also been an active advisory board member of, the Legatum Institute and Demos think tanks, and has appeared regularly on the Evening Standard’s list of London’s 1,000 Most Influential People. In 2016, he appeared in Esquire magazine’s list of Britain’s 100 ‘Most Connected’ men.
He is looking for gripping narrative non-fiction, and well written, mind-expanding works in the areas of history, biography, memoir, current affairs, sport, popular culture and popular science. He also represents a small number of thriller writers and literary novelists.
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 bestselling and award-winning authors. Her clients include Cheryl Strayed, author of the international bestsellers Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things; Anthony Marra, award-winning author of the New York Times bestselling novel A Constellation of Vital Phenomena and the story collection The Tsar of Love and Techno; Monique Truong, winner of the Asian American Literary Award for The Book of Salt; Hanna Pylväinin, Whiting Award winner for her novel We Sinners; novelist Christopher Castellani, winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship for his novel Leading Men; and Whiting Award winner Safiya Sinclair, author of Cannibal.
Janet brings in-depth knowledge of the publishing industry and extensive editorial experience to her work as an agent. 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.
At Aevitas, Janet represents literary fiction, memoir, and creative/narrative nonfiction with a compelling storyline. In both fiction and nonfiction, she seeks diverse, singular voices, and unique perspectives.
Janet 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.
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 BA from Mount Holyoke College and MA 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.
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. 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. She splits her time between New York and Seattle.
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, as well as Smithsonian scientist Nick Pyenson’s Spying on Whales, and Emory Professor Ruby Lal’s Empress, 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 agent 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 (or co-represented) #1 NY Times bestseller Max Einstein by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein (on behalf of the Albert Einstein Estate), and NY Times bestsellers Tough As They Come by Travis Mills and Marcus Brotherton, Getting Back to Happy by Marc and Angel Chernoff, and I Am Enough by Grace Beyers.
Richter spent over a decade on Simon & Schuster’s Executive Committee in the roles of President, Children’s Book Division and President of Sales and Distribution, and brings a wide range of publishing and media expertise to his role at Aevitas. His areas of interest include self-help, music and pop culture, military history and memoir, history, thriller, men’s fiction, business, celebrity, sports celebrity and faith. He has deep experience and interest in children’s books, having overseen two of the nation’s top children’s publishers: Simon & Schuster and Candlewick Press.
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.
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 Seattle, Rob 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.
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; the acclaimed novels Marlena by Julie Buntin and Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong; 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.
Jon Michael Darga has edited titles across a diverse range of genres, including Dianne Hales’ La Passione: How Italy Seduced the World; transgender activist Sarah McBride’s memoir Tomorrow Will Be Different; Nico Tortorella’s poetry collection all of it is you.; and the paperback edition of Pulitzer Prize winner Sheri Fink’s Five Days at Memorial.
Darga graduated from the University of Michigan with Honors with a BA in English and Creative Writing, and later attended the Columbia University publishing program. Before coming to Aevitas, he worked as an editor at Crown, a division within Penguin Random House.
Darga represents both nonfiction and fiction as an Aevitas agent based in New York. He is most interested in voice-driven pop culture writing and histories that re-cast the narrative by emphasizing unexpected or unheard voices.
Trevor Dolby has published scores of bestselling books during his thirty-five year career in UK non-fiction publishing. He was the UK publisher of multi-million selling Dave Pelzer’s A Child Called It trilogy, world-renowned historian James Holland, and the first UK internet bestselling phenomenon The Darwin Awards. He created the international bestselling, Pythons on the Pythons and U2 on U2. He was one of the first publishers to establish the celebrity memoir, editing David Essex, Ronnie O’Sullivan, Terri Hatcher, Colin Montgomery, Martin Kemp, Peter Kay, Phil Collins and many more. As Publisher and Managing Director of HarperCollins Entertainment division, he managed the worldwide publishing rights to J.R.R. Tolkien, and the UK and commonwealth rights to The Simpsons, Agatha Christie and C.S. Lewis. In 2007 Trevor launched ‘Preface’ as an imprint of Random House, where he published many bestselling authors including GQ Editor Dylan Jones, historian Henry Hemming, military historian Peter Caddick-Adams, and many bestselling cook books. He established a high-end contract business for Penguin Random House creating illustrated books for international brands including Patek Philippe, Pinewood Studios, Soho House, The Groucho Club, Marbella Club and Davidoff. He remains the publisher of Lady Fiona Carnarvon and books associated with ‘Highclere, The Real Downton Abbey’.
He won the ‘Imprint and Editor of the year’ at the 2003 British Book Awards; and was a Non-Executive Director of Maverick Television. He has spoken widely on the relationship between film, TV and books including at MIPCOM in Cannes. In 2010 he delivered the annual Whitcombe lecture and for ten years wrote a regular column for BookBrunch, the publishing industry daily. He is a Non-Executive Director of the Chalke Valley History Festival.
Trevor is looking for popular science with a clear relevance to everyday life, narrative history, military history, humour, biography, popular culture, natural history and great memoirs by passionate people whose lives have been well lived.
Max Edwards represents both non-fiction, working with a number of journalists, thinkers and academics writing for a trade audience, and adult fiction, predominantly commercial, SFF and crime novelists. Non-fiction he represents include Sunday Times Middle East Correspondent Louise Callaghan for Father of Lions; Suzanne Wrack, The Guardian’s Women’s Football Correspondent for A Woman’s Game: The History of Women’s Football; palaeontologist Dr David Hone for The Modern Age of Dinosaurs; and Jay Owen’s Planet of Dust: How We Live in a Changing World. Fiction includes Aliya Whiteley’s Clarke Award shortlisted The Loosening Skin, crime novels from Guy Morpuss and fantasy from Juliet E. McKenna.
Max graduated from Kings College, London with a degree in English language. He worked as a bookseller at Blackwell’s in Oxford and for Sports Interactive, developers of the computer game Football Manager, before moving into publishing. He worked at a number of literary agencies including United Agents and Rogers, Coleridge and White, and set-up Apple Tree Literary in 2019 before joining ACM UK.
In fiction, Max is looking for commercial and genre novels, and is a massive fan of novels that mix genres in a unique way. He’s a sucker for high concepts, smart plots and unique characters – twists and turns, good (and bad) guys with depth and life. Max is also looking for great stories that can be told through non-fiction; either unique or surprising takes on a subject, or something wildly original. He’d love to hear from academics mixing the arts and science in a new way, journalists wanting to take their writing beyond the article, sports writers with a new way of exploring what we play (particularly football/soccer), or writers with an untold history to tell.
Lori Galvin represents both adult fiction (especially women’s fiction and thrillers) and non-fiction (personal development and cookbooks). Based in Boston, a few of her clients and their projects include Kwame Onwuachi for his memoir Notes from a Young Black Chef (Knopf ‘19); Hannah Kirshner for her travel memoir Foreign Woman Works in Sake Bar (Viking ’20), the Li siblings for Double Awesome Chinese Food (Roost ’19) and Cambria Brockman for the thriller Tell Me Everything (Ballantine ‘19), which has been optioned by Netflix. She also represents fiction writers John Frain, Sara Goudarzi, Erik Hage, Geertje Hoogenboom, and Nicole Seavey.
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.
Granger takes on projects with the potential to leave a mark. He, along with Todd Shuster, worked with former deputy director of the FBI Andrew McCabe on his #1 New York Times bestseller The Threat. Granger is especially proud of having worked with Julie Yip-Williams to bring her The Unwinding of the Miracle (a #6 NYT bestseller) into the world. He also helped Senator Jeff Flake and the young activists David and Lauren Hogg find readerships for books that shaped the national conversation.
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 has a BA from the University of Tennessee and an MA from the University of Virginia.
Based in New York, Granger represents primarily non-fiction and is obsessed with topics across an extremely wide spectrum—politics; food culture; actual innovation in design, tech and science; fame. What binds these things is a yen for intensely original ideas and writing that pushes boundaries.
Natalie Jerome has worked at Penguin Random House, Pan Macmillan, Bonnier Books and HarperCollins where she was Publisher for ten years. Specialising in Non-Fiction with a specific focus on entertainment and lifestyle, Natalie has commissioned and published books by a host of high profile names during her career including the multi-million copy-selling One Direction titles as well as books from Chris Evans, Alan Carr, George Best, Scarlett Moffatt, Gary Barlow, JLS, Little Mix, the ‘Victoria’ TV tie-in, Professor Steve Peters and Rochelle Humes. While at Bonnier Books, she launched new wellness imprint Lagom. She was described by the UK’s Bookseller magazine as a “brand publishing wizard” and in 2018 was included in its “Industry Top 100”.
Natalie graduated in English from Sussex University during which time she completed an exchange program to Rutgers University in the US where she also studied English. As one of the few editors of BAME background in the UK, Natalie has worked to improve diversity within the publishing industry. She was a founding trustee and is advisory board member of Creative Access, a mentoring and graduate trainee scheme for BAME candidates looking for paid internships across the creative industries and media sector. In October 2016 Natalie was highly commended for her work at the National Business in the Community Race Equality Awards.
Based in London, Natalie is looking for distinct, original voices and fresh perspectives that engage and empower readers. She has a specific interest in commercial Non-Fiction across areas of health and wellness, food, current events, culture, music and entertainment as well as looking for vibrant new authors in children’s fiction.
Sarah Lazin began her publishing career on the editorial staff of Rolling Stone in 1971. In 1976, she established Rolling Stone Press, the book packaging division of the company, which she continued to represent for thirty years and which created hundreds of successful titles for Rolling Stone, Men’s Journal, and US Magazine. She also created book packaging divisions for Ms. Magazine, The Village Voice, Musician, Playboy, and Vibe Magazine, and created books for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum, The Experience Music Project, and The International Center for Photography.
She is the co-founder and past president of the American Book Producers Association, has served on the boards of the Women’s Media Group, and The Association of Authors’ Representatives. She has taught at publishing seminars including Rice, Radcliffe, Denver, and New York University, and has served on the staffs of the Jackson Hole Writers Conference and the Maui Writers Conference. She received an MA in history from New York University.
Based in New York, Sarah represents a range of nonfiction writers working in fields such as popular culture, biography, history, politics, journalism, memoir, parenting, health, practical nonfiction, contemporary affairs, social issues, and general reference. She also handles fiction from literary works and short stories to commercial novels, and represents some photographers and illustrators and several estates. She accepts submissions through referral only.
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.
Will Lippincott has represented projects such as the New York Times bestseller A Colony in a Nation by Emmy Award-winning MSNBC host Chris Hayes, the national bestseller Unfinished Business by Anne-Marie Slaughter, the New York Times bestselling memoir Slow Dancing with a Stranger by Meryl Comer, the acclaimed history of the Russian ballet Bolshoi Confidential by Princeton music historian and critic Simon Morrison, and Killing the Messenger by New York Times bestselling author David Brock.
For thirteen years Lippincott worked as a literary agent and founding partner of Lippincott Massie McQuilkin. Prior to becoming an agent in 2003, Will was publisher of strategy+business magazine and a business development director at the global consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton; publisher of The New Republic; and book publishing director at The New Yorker. Most recently, Lippincott served as Chief Operating Officer of Shareblue Media, the fast-growing digital news and opinion platform.
As an agent based in Los Angeles, Will’s interests center on politics, journalistic narratives, history, health, technology, and memoir, with a special focus on multi-media storytelling.
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, style, pop culture, and compelling narrative nonfiction. She divides her time between our New York office and her home in Western Massachusetts.
Penny Moore represents standout authors such as Morris Award Finalist, Akemi Dawn Bowman, author of titles, Starfish and Summer Bird Blue; Beth Evans, author/illustrator of I Really Didn’t Think This Through; Nicki Pau Preto, author of Crown of Feathers; Lyla Lee, author of The Mindy Kim Series; and Katie Zhao, author of The Dragon Warrior.
Moore graduated from the University of Georgia with a double degree in Linguistics and Japanese Language & Literature. During her time as an undergraduate, she also studied comparative literature at top universities in Japan and South Korea. Penny joined Aevitas in 2018, starting in the industry as an assistant/associate agent at FinePrint Literary Management in 2014, then joining Empire Literary as an agent two years later, where she built out the children’s portion of the agency’s list.
Moore mainly represents children’s literature, including picture books, middle grade, and young adult. She also has an interest in select platform nonfiction projects that speak to younger audiences. Though she’s interested in all genres, she’s specifically seeking inventive works featuring breakout voices and compelling plot lines that will make young readers feel seen and heard for the first time.
Karen Murgolo has edited and published hundreds of books as a book editor. Her authors in cookbooks included #1 New York Times Bestselling author, Gwyneth Paltrow, Daniel Boulud, Gordon Ramsay, and Gail Simmons; in wellness: Misty Copeland, Nobel Prize Winner Elizabeth Blackburn, MD and David Ludwig, MD; and in lifestyle: Bobbi Brown, Christie Brinkley, and Ellen DeGeneres. Karen has edited transformational memoirs by Pulitzer Prize nominee, Regina Brett, and others.
Karen has a BA with honors in Government from Wesleyan University and attended the Radcliffe Publishing Procedures Course. Prior to joining Aevitas, she had worked at Grand Central Publishing, Bulfinch Press, and The Literary Guild/Doubleday Book Clubs.
As an Aevitas agent based in New York, Karen seeks expert authors with compelling book ideas in the health and wellness areas; engrossing narratives on nature, science, food, and popular culture; delicious cookbooks, transformational memoirs, and inspirational and informational books that help readers live better lives.
Sara has come to Aevitas with twenty years’ experience in the world of publishing, having worked with a host of major brand names in fiction ranging from crime writer Minette Walters to bestselling women’s fiction author Elizabeth Buchan, Roman epic series writer Robert Fabbri and award-winning science fiction writer Chris Beckett. She was the UK editor for Kevin Kwan’s international bestseller, Crazy Rich Asians along with Robert Ludlum’s hugely successful Bourne series. She acquired and published the bestselling cult hit Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell which spent six weeks at the top of the New York Times bestseller list.
Sara has a particular passion for Irish writing and has previously published rising stars in Irish fiction: Eithne Shortall, Catherine Ryan Howard and Rachel Donohue. She enjoys the process of working with authors on their ideas, honing their craft and turning their creativity and talent into commercial success. She is passionate about storytelling, with particular interest in genre and reading group fiction. Sara enjoys working closely with writers, helping to shape and develop their work and advocating on their behalf. She has a very deep network of contacts in the publishing industry, built over twenty years of work, and seeks to use that knowledge to give her clients the best possible publishing journey.
Read more about Sara’s work on her website here: www.saraokeeffe.co.uk
Lauren Sharp represents award-winning journalists, historians, and academics from the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, top universities, prominent think tanks, 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.
Michael Signorelli joined Aevitas after years working as an editor. He published the New York Times bestselling novels The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell, House of Earth by Woody Guthrie, and The North Water by Ian McGuire. In nonfiction, he edited Flash by Christopher Bonanos, winner of a National Book Critics Circle Award, and The Most Dangerous Animal of All by Gary Stewart and Susan D. Mustafa, a New York Times bestseller and the basis of a forthcoming mini-series on the FX Network
Signorelli graduated from Hamilton College with a BA in English Literature. He began his career at HarperCollins Publishers, before joining Henry Holt & Company as a senior editor. Most recently, he was the Managing Director of Gotham Ghostwriters.
At Aevitas Creative Management, Michael oversees a list of literary and commercial fiction as well as nonfiction spanning science, current affairs, sports, and cultural history.
Becky Sweren has represented projects such as the New York Times bestseller From the Corner of the Oval by Beck Dorey-Stein, the LA Times bestseller Barons of the Sea by Steven Ujifusa, the New York Times bestseller The Secret Life of the American Musical by Jack Viertel, the National Book Award Longlist A Cure for Suicide by Jesse Ball, and acclaimed narrative nonfiction such as The Fox Hunt by Mohammed Al Samawi.
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, unexplored history, big ideas that challenge conventional wisdom, and voice-driven memoirs that shed light on cultures, places, or industries.
Simon Targett has been engaged in the media and publishing industry for more than 25 years as a writer, editor, historian and media consultant. He is co-author of New World Inc: How England’s Merchants Founded America And Launched The British Empire (Little, Brown US; Atlantic Books UK) and collaborative writer on two business books: The $10 Trillion Prize: Captivating The Newly Affluent in China and India (Harvard Business Review Books) and Rocket: Eight Lessons To Secure Infinite Growth (McGraw-Hill).
An award-winning journalist and former Associate Editor of the Financial Times, he has served as a judge at the prestigious British Press Awards and written for a wide range of publications, including The Economist, the Washington Post and the Boston Globe. He served as the first Editor-in-Chief of The Boston Consulting Group and founded Thinking Cap Communications, a strategic thought leadership consultancy. Simon has a PhD from Cambridge University and lectures on journalism, PR and British and American history.
Based in London, Simon’s interests stretch across a wide range of non-fiction—including business and leadership, history, journalism, current affairs, biography, sport, music, popular science, nature, travel, genealogy—as well as historical fiction. The common factor is an emphasis on big ideas, great stories, and fine writing.
Adam Moss joined Aevitas as a Creative Consultant in 2019. Prior to Aevitas, he spent 15 years at New York magazine and New York Media as editor-in-chief. During his tenure, New York won 41 National Magazine Awards, including Magazine of the Year. Prior to New York, Moss was the editor of The New York Times Magazine from 1998 to 2004, and later oversaw the Magazine, Book Review and Culture and Style sections. Moss is the founding editor of 7 Days, a weekly magazine that covered New York City arts and culture. Before founding 7 Days, Moss spent six years at Esquire in various editorial capacities.
Based in New York, Moss has an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from his alma mater Oberlin College, and the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism, which he was awarded in 2012. He was three times named Editor of the Year by Advertising Age—twice for his work at New York and once for his work at The New York Times Magazine. He was elected to the Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame in 2019.
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.
Kate Mack has worked with authors such as artist Kate Schelter, illustrator Joana Avillez, New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly, and the Women’s March.
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.
Rex Ogle has helmed a variety of New York Times bestselling children books and graphic novel series, including Justice League, Star Wars: Jedi Academy (by Jeffrey Brown and National Book Award Finalist Jarrett Krosoczka), Secret Hero Society, and Neil Patrick Harris’s The Magic Misfits. He has also created original IP narratives such as Meg, Jo, Beth, & Amy, a modern-day graphic novel retelling of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, and the Classroom 13 series, which was nominated for TLA’s Texas Bluebonnet Award and became a C-Y-O-A on Amazon Alexa’s Echo Dot.
Rex has fifteen years of publishing experience, having started his career at Marvel and DC Comics before moving to Scholastic and Little Brown Books for Young Readers where he worked as Senior Editor with brands like Star Wars, LEGO, Despicable Me / Minions, Minecraft, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and more. Under his own name and half a dozen pen names, he is the author of over a hundred books.
Based in Los Angeles, Rex will continue creating cross-platform commercial content.
Allison Warren joined Aevitas Creative Management in December 2016. As VP of Development in the agency’s film and television department, Warren manages the agency’s relationship with acclaimed management and production company Anonymous Content, and oversees film and television activities.
Previously, Warren served as Creative Executive at Lava Bear Films, the LA-based film production and financing company founded by David Linde (which produced the Oscar-nominated film Arrival, directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, among others), 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.
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.
Erica Bauman represents a wide variety of authors for both children and adults, including acclaimed YA author Andrew Auseon and Broadway performer Tiffany Haas.
Erica is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and has worked in the publishing industry for the last seven 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, as well as memoir and reportage. He is based in New York.
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.
Nate is interested in fiction that plays with conventions of narrative and genre, and in nonfiction that contemplates and critiques the arts, culture, history, current events, and the future. He is based in New York.
Maggie Cooper comes to Aevitas from the world of of small presses, academic publishing, and literary journals. A 2016 graduate of the Clarion Writers Workshop, she holds a degree in English from Yale University and earned her MFA in fiction from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she served as an editor for The Greensboro Review.
Maggie is a passionate reader with a taste for imaginative, genre-bending fiction; capacious historical novels; beautifully told queer stories; and smart, feminist happy endings. Her other loves include unclassifiable book projects, food and cookbooks, and writing that interrogates whiteness, capitalism, and the heteropatriarchy.
Shenel Ekici-Moling joined Aevitas’s Film and Television department in 2018 as Department Coordinator, with supporting roles in the Business Affairs and Contracts departments. She graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University with a BA in English and Creative Writing and was a William Haller Prize recipient and a Susan Ratner Writing Fellow. She originally hails from Istanbul, Turkey.
Erin Files graduated from New York University with a BA in English Literature. Prior to Aevitas, she worked at several publishing houses and agencies, mostly notably Writers House and W.W. Norton in New York and Little Tiger Press in London.
Based in New York, Erin is most interested in upmarket young adult, middle grade and adult fiction—particularly issue-driven stories that mirror the depth and diversity of the world around us. She also enjoys literary-leaning nonfiction in the areas of psychology, history, and popular science.
Based in New York, Arlie is interested in literary fiction, memoir, narrative nonfiction, and feminist nonfiction. She particularly enjoys short story and essay collections, and both fiction and nonfiction that elevates traditionally underrepresented voices.
Catharine Strong graduated summa cum laude from Colgate University with a BA in English Literature and a minor in Film and Media Studies. She joined Aevitas in 2018 after interning at Akashic Books and the literary agency Aragi, Inc. A born and raised Brooklynite, Catharine is based in New York.