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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.

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!!


spring 2015 poetry launch poster

Spring 2015 TITLES

Quattro is very excited about our lineup this year. Savour a sample of our sumptuous selection below!

Midnight by Ian Burgham is candid, even brutal, and always inconclusive. A semi-explanation from a radical imagination working at the heart of things, it is never satisfying. It presents the thoughts of a restless traveller moving from place to place meditating on the nature of our many kinds of love and ways of living against the background of life’s betrayals, losses and disappearances.

Combining documentary Found Poems with ekphrastic poems and imaginative lyrics, Georgia and Alfred  by Keith Garebian places two imagined voices – painter Georgia O’Keeffe’s and photographer Alfred Stieglitz’s – in interaction with the poet’s voice. The work gathers together moments of their complicated relationship as collectible pieces, miniature realities that retouch, doctor, enlarge, or crop fact in order to capture humanness and art before they burn in time.

The travelers in the Stone Soup folktale creatively offer a share of the nourishment to come by inviting the townspeople to contribute whatever they can. This simple gesture dispels fear and forges connection. In a similar way, in Stone Soup by Kate Marshall Flaherty, the cauldron of these inviting poems effortlessly blends ingredients both earthy and spiritual, jaunty and tender, compassionate and ecstatic. The poems wonder, take delight, grieve, and console, as they encompass generations of family and friends, and embrace a wide spectrum of cultures and traditions, to reveal heights and depths of our common humanity from fresh and surprising angles of vision.

Also being launched with Aeolus House is The Laundress of TimeFloat skyward with Crane-girl on the 1,000 origami that she folds. Rest “at home as any catfish” in the Mississippi, but know too that this river “that can bring you peace would slip you under its surface without so much as a ripple.”  Like the juggler’s “whistling knives” at Jackson Square, Donna Langevin’s images take you with such force that your reality too will feel as “precarious as a tilted house.” With her “fragile faith,” you are immersed in a “river of souls.”

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!

2015 Ken Klonsky Novella Contest

Get out your quills, pencils, typewritters, hammers and chisels for this year’s Klonsky Contest! Send us your novella’s starting June 1st and see our submission page for more information.

Quattro Books will publish the best novella manuscript by a Canadian author as part of their 2016 publishing list

For more details, click HERE.

Congratulations to the Winner of the 2014 Ken Klonsky Novella Contest:

Loopholes by Showey Yazdanian

Look forward to seeing Loopholes in your local bookstores soon and make sure to stop by Quattro’s Second Spring Launch on June 2nd to be the first to grab a copy!

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.

Interviews and Reviews

Get a sneak peak of what’s to come with this great Interview with Danila Botha on her new novel with Quattro, Too Much on the Inside

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)

JAZZ Review in Salon