People, Etc.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has hired Brook Colangelo as their chief information officer, reporting to ceo Linda Zecher. Colangelo has been CIO for American in the Executive Office of the President of the United States of America since 2009.

Antony Topping has been named managing director of UK literary agency Greene & Heaton, where he has worked since 1995. Carol Heaton will continue as chairman, and Nicola Barr has been appointed to the agency's board of directors. Heaton said in a statement "I am delighted by our new structure. Antony has built up a splendid list while demonstrating real leadership qualities. He and Judith were my first colleagues when I took over the agency more than 15 years ago, and in that time both have amply proved their worth. I am also very happy that Nicola will be joining what is already a strong board."

Kate Dresser has been named associate editor at Harlequin's HQN and Luna. Dresser was previously assistant editor at the Gallery Publishing Group.

Co-founder of Washington bookstore Politics & Prose Barbara Meade announced her retirement on the store's website. (She has been serving as an advisor to new owners Bradley Graham and Lissa Muscatine.) Meade writes, "In the 18 months I've continued to work in the store since they became the new owners, I've taught them everything I know. They're fast learners—in just a year-and-a-half they've mastered my 35 years of accumulated knowledge! I'm tempering my sadness in leaving with my complete confidence that Brad and Lissa will sustain and grow P&P's stature as an important literary and cultural center in today’s world.... I'll continue my involvement in the store by hosting events, hanging out in the coffeehouse, and leisurely browsing what's new on the bookshelves. You may even find me sitting in a chair somewhere in one of P&P's inviting alcoves, trying out a chapter before I commit to a book purchase.

For your trade reading, Vanity Fair interviews agent Sterling Lord, 92--whose book LORD OF PUBLISHING comes out January 29, from Open Road: "If it reveals one wonderfully unabashed thing about him it is his love of writers."

The Biographers International Organization is giving Ron Chernow their 2013 BIO Award, which honors "a major contribution to the advancement of the art and craft of real-life depiction."