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Tan’s ‘Rubik’ sold to North America

US and Canadian rights to Elizabeth Tan’s debut novel Rubik (Brio) have been sold to Unnamed Press.

The deal was negotiated by Rachel Crawford at New York agency Wolf Literary Services on behalf of Brio associate publisher Alice Grundy.

Crawford, who moved from Australia to join Wolf Literary as an agent in 2016, told Books+Publishing ‘she knew immediately upon reading Rubik that [she] wanted to work at finding it a home in the US’. ‘Elizabeth’s stories are daring and engaged, as well as being beautifully written, and I had a feeling they would resonate with US editors and readers,’ said Crawford.

Unnamed Press executive editor Olivia Taylor Smith said she sees Tan as ‘a voice American readers have been waiting for’. ‘Rubik is a daring exploration of the myriad ways technology alters our relationships and is perfectly of the moment. At a time when literary writers are daunted by the challenge, Tan embraces it with wit, insight, and a cast of eccentric and lovable characters.’


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