Gray Tan


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Gray Tan’s career as a literary agent commenced in 2004 at Jia-Xi Books, spearheading the new English-language department. In his first year, he sold Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s The Shadow of the Wind, and Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, which has sold more than six million copies in China to date. In 2008, Gray started The Grayhawk Agency, representing translation rights in the Chinese market on behalf of some of the biggest agencies and publishing houses across the US, UK, Canada and Europe. Australian authors Gray has successfully represented to the Chinese market include: The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay (30,000 copies sold in Taiwan); Lost and Found by Brooke Davis (sold to Citic in China at a 5-way auction); and work by Craig Silvey. Other highlights include Freedom by Jonathan Franzen (200,000 copies sold in China); Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James; Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson (1 million copies sold in China and 300,000 copies in Taiwan); The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin (2 million copies sold in China); and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (1 million copies sold in China). Gray is co-founder of the Taipei Book Fair Fellowship and is currently Managing Director of both the Books from Taiwan (BFT) and Taipei Rights Workshop (TRW) programs on behalf of the Ministry of Culture.