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Quattro Books’ publications reflect the unique cultural character and dynamism of Canada today: what it has been, and what it is in the process of becoming. The Canadian literary scene is international; our national experience is informed and enriched through literatures brought by immigrants and newcomers. We are the home of the Novella.

2015 Ken Klonsky Novella Contest

We know you’ve been patiently waiting for the announcement of the shortlist for 2015 and it is finally here!

Congratulations to the Winner of the Ken Klonsky Novella Contest:

Loopholes by Showey Yazdanian

There were so many fantastic submissions this year and we thank everyone who participated.

Special mention to the shortlist of equally excellent titles:

Escape!!! by JP Rodriguez

The Book of Dennis by Jeff DeLuzio

The Hunter by Perparim Kapllani

Some Love by Emily Rossi

–  Tomas and the Gypsy Violin by Robert Eisenberg

The 2016 Ken Klonsky Novella Contest opens on June 01, 2015 and runs until July 31, 2015. Quattro Books will publish the best novella manuscript by a Canadian author as part of their 2016 publishing list.

For more details, click HERE.

Check out this great article on the Descant blog by Lesley Kenny “The Novella: neglected middle child of prose” for an insight into the world of the novella

Poetry Contest

We wish to publish the best poetry manuscript submitted to us from January to March 31st, 2015, so make sure to get your manuscript in soon!!

Night Vision Shortlisted for Governor General’s Award

Congratulations to Christopher Levenson for being shortlisted for the 2014 Governor General’s Literary Awards!

A podcast where Christopher talks a bit about Night Vision.

Check out this mention in the Ottawa Citizen!

See full list HERE

Find book HERE


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Set in downtown Toronto in the 1980s, the two stories in Costume and Bone are told with an intricacy which powerfully evokes both sense and dream.

Down the Street explores the breakdown of a marriage as seen through the stream of consciousness narrative of a woman as she unravels, reaching for drugs and affairs to numb the pain.

With comedy and pathos, Jazz wrestles with the realities of the courage it takes to be transgendered.

In Revenge of the Grand Narrative, the oldest man in the world teams up with the author of the most anticipated debut novel and they set out to investigate a mysterious earthquake that seems to have leapt from the world of fiction.

The Girl Before, the Girl After is the story of a man who would rather remain anonymous.

Set in Toronto’s seedy underbelly, The Green Hotel challenges our notions of ‘Toronto the good’.

In The Hundred Lives, Russell Thornton illuminates the intricate imaginative orders of love at work within an individual life.

If you missed the launches and want to pick up any (or all!) of our fabulous fall titles, visit their book pages to place your order today!

Interviews and Reviews


Down the Street by The Library of Pacific Tranquility

Costume and Bone Reviewed by Ranga Iyer-Rajah of Ottawa Review of Books

Revenge of the Grand Narrative is a novel that brought a smile to my face…

Green Hotel QQ Review 001 (1)

Rosemary Aubert discusses her romantic thriller, Terminal Grill

JAZZ Review in Salon

Check out Quill & Quire’s take on “The Girl Before, the Girl After”  by Shawn Syms

A Review of When the Earth by Lisa Young by Jan Lermitte of Canadian Literature

Christopher Levenson : “A Political Literary Lion”

By Peter Robb of the Ottawa Citizen

A Political Literary Lion

A Political Literary Lion 1

Russell Thornton talks to PRISM International about his latest poetry collections!

Check out this Interview with Quattro Poet, Patricia Young!

A Review of Come Cold River by Karen Connelly by Esther Griffin of Prism International

Rob McClennan interviews Binnie Brennan HERE