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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 in Transit

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If you live in Vancouver, make sure to keep an eye out for the return of Poetry in Transit! Russell Thornton’s poetry will be featured from his Griffin nominated collection, “The Hundred Lives”!


Thank you to everyone who continues to support Quattro Books by coming to launches and visiting us at Word on the Street. We had another wonderful launch and are so grateful to our readers and authors.

Thanks for keeping CanLit alive!

2015 Ken Klonsky Novella Contest

We Have a Winner!

Congratulations to Adam Pottle, author of The Bus, he is the winner of the 2015 Ken Klonsky Novella Contest and will be published in Fall 2016!

Congratulations to those who were on the short list:

Psychomachia by Sanita Fezjić

Influence by Steve Thornton

God is Watching Five Weeks a Month by Kaziwa Salih

Humidor by Nancy Johnston

The Other Oscar by Cora Siré

The Ocean Container by Patrik Sampler

Thanks for all the impressive submissions. We look forward to reading what comes in to us in 2016.

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.

The Hundred Lives Shortlisted for Griffin Poetry Prize!

Congratulations to Jane Munro for her win with Blue Sonoma, and Michael Longley’s The Stairwell for the international prize.  The readings were all amazing to hear and the support from the Griffin Trust extended to poets and poetry across Canada and the world, was an incredible thing to be a part of.

 Interviews and Reviews

“Travel is so Broadening” reviewed by Jacqueline Valencia of The Winnipeg Review

“The Hundred Lives” Reviewed in “Event” by Leslie Timmins

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The Humber Literary Review talks with Terri Favro

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Check out Ian Burgham’s European adventures! and how Danila Botha has a little bit of (her) taste in all of the characters in “Too Much on the Inside”

The Miramichi Reader reviews an “endearing gem” with “Tomas and the Gypsy Violin” by Robert Eisenberg

The South Branch Scribbler interviews the fabulous Elizabeth Copeland!

Ottawa Review of Books reviews “Too Much on the Inside” – Reviewed by Ranga Iyer-Rajah

“We empathize with him as we witness the trials, the pitfalls and the joys the frustrated youth endures to achieve his new identity.” – The Library of Pacific Tranquility Reviews JAZZ by Elizabeth Copeland

“What makes it even more compelling is this reader’s sense that the story might serve as a cautionary tale for a do-what-feels-good culture” – Carole Giangrande reviews “An Imperfect Man” by John Calabro

“For those readers who like to dip their toes into other people’s misery, Midnight is your huckleberry.”

Find out how Toronto became the 5th character in Danila Botha’s-Too Much on the Inside, and which books inspired her

Toronto Review of Books Chats with Lucinda Johnston

Check out Danila Botha’s Queen West this week with All Lit Up’s “Where in Canada” Feature !

New Review for “Running on the March Wind” by Lenore Keeshig – Launching Oct 14th! Thanks Subterranean Blue Poetry!

The Malahat Review’s Timothy Brownlow, reviews “Night Vision”

Too Much on the Inside makes it to the BookShelf

The Miramichi Reader interviews Danila Botha, and Reviews Binnie Brennan’s “A Certain Grace” 

The Miramichi Reader reviews Too Much on the Inside, and Oatcakes and Courage

A wonderful interview by Catherine Graham with Russell Thornton and The Rusty Toque

“Art is as much about creating as it is about giving”. Sonia Saikaley is a breath of fresh air in this wonderful new interview.

Check out some new reviews for Midnight by Sharon Goodier and Stone Soup by Katherine L. Gordon