Janet Silver, former v-p and publisher at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, is going the agency route. Silver, who took an editor-at-large post at Nan Talese after the Houghton cutbacks (and was then a casualty of layoffs at Random House), is taking on the post of agent and editorial director at Zachary Shuster Harmsworth.
ZSH, which was founded in 1994, reps such authors as Chris Gardner (The Pursuit of Happyness), Donovan Campbell (Joker One) and Keith R. McFarland Silver (The Breakthrough Company). Silver, known for editing literary fiction and nonfiction--during her 20-plus years at Houghton she worked with Philip Roth, Tim O'Brien, Cynthia Ozick and Jhumpa Lahiri, among others--will be staying in that vein at ZSH, repping literary fiction and narrative nonfiction. She will be working out of ZSH's Boston office.