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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.


10 Cities ~ 7 Launches ~ 20 Readings ~ 16 Authors ~ 9 New Books

We start with the first joint launch on September 29 at Pressed in Ottawa!

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Then it’s on to the Supermarket in Toronto on October 5!

Quattro Books Presents

More individual and joint launches coming to a city near you! Quattro’s Fall 2016 season is national!

(Thank you to everyone who continues to support Quattro Books by coming to launches and readings. We are so grateful to our readers and authors. Thanks for keeping CanLit alive!)


2016 Ken Klonsky Novella Contest

Thank you to everyone who submitted to the 2016 Ken Klonsky Novella Contest, that ended on July 31, 2016. We are reviewing all the submissions and will make our decision by the end of October, 2016.

Quattro Books will publish the best novella manuscript by a Canadian author as part of their 2017 publishing list. The contest is open to Canadian writers who reside in Canada. You do not have to have any publication history. The novella manuscript should be completed, neatly typed, and not less than 20,000 words or more than 40,000 words.

For more details on the Ken Klonsky Novella Contest, and submission dates, 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.

News, Awards, and Reviews!

Danila Botha’s Too Much On The Inside wins a 2016 Book Excellence Award!

SEPTEMBER 19, 2016 – The 2016 Ottawa Book Awards and Prix du livre d’Ottawa finalists include Mark Frutkin’s Hermit Thrush! Congratulations Mark and good luck! Descriptions of short-listed books and author biographies are available on ottawa.ca.  The winners of each category will be announced at the awards ceremony, which will take place at Ottawa City Hall on Wednesday, October 19 at 7 p.m. Each winner will receive $7,500, while finalists will each receive $1,000.

See a review of Hermit Thrush on Michael Dennis’ blog Today’s Book of Poetry.

SEPTEMBER 2016 – Review of Blackbird Calling by Laura Swart in the Miramichi Reader!

AUGUST 2016 – The Emu DialoguesJens Kohler and his curious exchange with a fan on Twitter!

JULY 2016 – The Vancouver Sun Review of The Resumption of Play by Gary Geddes

JULY 2016 – Un Momento with Luciano Iacobelli – an interview of one of the “authors” of The Emu Dialogues, Luciano Iacobelli, by Domenico Capilongo.

MAY 2016 – Read the latest review of Ian Burgham’s Midnight by Peter Richardson in ARC Poetry Magazine!

“But Sir, I am in Paris” – The Emu Dialogues on HOWL (CIUT 89.5, Toronto)

Follow the link to hear Keith Garebian interviewed by The World Poetry Cafe Radio show hosts, Adriadne Sawyer and Neall Ryon! Interview starts at 10:30, and a reading from Georgia and Alfred concludes at 24:00.

2015 reviews, news, and honours!

Congratulations to Jesse Gilmour and Elizabeth Copeland for making the shortlist for the ReLit Award!

Quattro Books’ Danila Botha interviewed on That Channel.

“The poetry is most vivid when Garebian (is) trying to sketch — or snap — the inner lives of his subjects as lovers and/or artists.” -George Elliott Clarke

A thoughtful and intriguing new review from The Miramichi Reader! 

“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!

“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