Lane Zachary, a founding partner of The Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Literary Agency, received her B.A. magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke College and her M.A. in English Literature from Boston University. One of the top agents in the country for the representation of writers of serious literary fiction and nonfiction, Zachary is known for her devotion to her authors, providing them with extensive editorial guidance, and helping them to create a body of work that spans a long and successful writing career.
Todd Shuster is a founding partner of the Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Literary Agency. Following college at Yale (where he graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and law school at Northeastern University (where he subsequently taught on the adjunct faculty), Shuster practiced publishing and entertainment law at the law firms of Palmer & Dodge and Ropes & Gray.
Esmond Harmsworth is a founding partner of the Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Literary Agency. Born in London, he was educated in England before graduating magna cum laude from Brown University and cum laude from Harvard Law School.
Jennifer Gates is a partner with The Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Literary Agency. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Wesleyan University and worked previously as an editor at a division of HarperCollins.
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Mary Beth Chappell received a B.A. in Political Science from Brown University and a J.D. from Emory School of Law. Chappell attended New York University's Summer Publishing Institute and then joined Zachary Shuster Harmsworth in 2004.
Recently named one of Boston's 50 most powerful women by Boston Magazine, Eve Bridburg is an at-large agent with Zachary Shuster Harmsworth and the founder and Executive Director of Grub Street, Inc., Boston's premier literary arts center.
Janet Silver, the Literary Director of Zachary Shuster Harmsworth, brings more than thirty years of experience as an editor and publishing executive to her work as an agent. She joined ZSH after 25 years at the former Houghton Mifflin Company, where she was Vice President and Publisher.
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Bridget Wagner Matzie represents non-fiction and commercial fiction as a ZSH agent based in Washington, DC. Books she has represented include: Arab Voices: What They Are Saying to Us and Why it Matters by James Zogby of Zogby Polling (Palgrave, 2010); the New York Times bestseller Daemon by Daniel Suarez (Dutton, 2009); the LA Times bestseller Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy by Wake Forest English professor Eric Wilson (FSG, 2009); and the New York Times bestseller The Party Is Over by Mike Lofgren (Viking, 2012).
Natasha Alexis received her B.S. degree with honors from New York University. After working as a junior television development executive at Showtime Networks, she earned her J.D. from Northeastern Law School and practiced corporate law with a focus on intellectual property at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison in New York. In 2011, she joined the agency where she has been working with authors on a wide range of projects.
A summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Sewanee: The University of the South, Jacob Moore was the recipient of the 2008 Aiken Taylor Internship with the Sewanee Review, America's oldest continuously published literary quarterly. He joined Zachary Shuster Harmsworth in 2012 as an agent in the New York office, where he brings his previous experience as a freelance journalist, editorial director for a PR firm, and in-house editor at ZSH to serve a broad range of projects for a variety of clients.
Lana holds a B.A. with honors from Yale University, a J.D. from the Boston University School of Law, and an M.A. with highest honors from the Emerson College Publishing and Writing program. She joined Zachary Shuster Harmsworth in 2012, after interning at the Perseus Book Group foreign rights department and the Kneerim & Williams Literary Agency.
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Jane von Mehren joined ZSH after more than 25 years as an editor and publishing executive at Houghton Mifflin, Penguin, and Random House, most recently as a Senior Vice President and Publisher at the Random House Publishing Group. She brings to her work as an agent a deep understanding of the entire publishing process as well as decades of hands-on editorial work on a wide range of fiction and nonfiction.