Teen novel of Latvian writer published abroad

In an event unusual for Latvian letters, a major US publishing house has released Toms Kreicberg's (alias Tom Crosshill) The Cat King of Havana, a young adult novel about lolcats, salsa dancing and unrequited love.

The Cat King of Havana was published September 6 by Katherine Tegen Books, a subsidiary of HarperCollins.

The publisher's description of the book calls it a "smart and witty debut teen novel" which "treads a colorful coming-of-age journey from New York City to Havana that will appeal to fans of books by Matthew Quick and Junot Díaz."

Kreicbergs is a Latvia-born author who writes in English. He studied in the US after high school and went on to work on Wall Street.

Kreicbergs' first prose works in the science-fiction genre were published overseas, and he has received several nominations for the prestigious Nebula Award.

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