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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.

We’re Moving!

As of June 1, 2017, Quattro Books’ HQ is:

12 Concord Ave,
2nd Floor
Toronto, Ontario
M6H 2P1

Our phone number remains 647-748-7484. The best way to reach us is info@quattrobooks.ca!

Special Announcement: Changes at Quattro Books

Dear Friends,

As of May 1, one of our founders, Allan Briesmaster, will be retiring from Quattro Books. After 10 ½ years of dedicated work with many of our authors, he is looking forward to travelling more and focusing his energy on his own writing and imprint Aeolus House, which will remain a member of the Quattro Books family. As will Allan’s own personal and aesthetic imprint through his tremendous legacy of work editing and producing dozens of titles of both poetry and fiction during his tenure.

If you know Allan, you will not be surprised to hear that he informed us of his intentions many months ago to give us time to transition as smoothly as possible. 2016 was itself a year of transition for Quattro, presenting us with some challenges that were only manageable thanks to Allan’s increased commitment of time and activity, including the training and mentoring of a new Administrator.

Respect for Allan in the writing and publishing community in Canada runs very deep and is what attracted some of the country’s foremost poets to our house. All of us here, both past and present, thank him for his significant contribution to the current incarnation of the company which we continue to build on as Quattro continues to evolve. We are looking forward to the Fall 2017 season when seven new titles will be released. Stay tuned for more preview details in the coming weeks and months.

Thankfully, with Aeolus House staying on as a Quattro Books imprint, we will have the opportunity to keep working and publishing with Allan, just in a different way. So for now we just want to say to Allan, once again, a heartfelt Thank You. It won’t be the same without you.

Luciano Iacobelli, Publisher and Executive Director, and Sonia D’Agostino, Associate Publisher

2017 Submission period now open!

We are now accepting unsolicited fiction manuscripts sent to us from January 1 to May 31, 2017 for possible publication in 2018. We will make our decisions by October, 2017.

We will also consider unsolicited poetry manuscripts sent to us from January 1 to March 31st, 2017 for possible publication in 2018 or 2019.

Please see here for our guidelines.


2017 Ken Klonsky Award Winner


The 2017 Ken Klonsky Award Winner is Marc Labriola for Dying Behaviour of Cats.

Thank you to all the authors who submitted. It was a very competitive list!

Labriola’s was chosen because it probes many of the soul’s dark corners most of our contemporary authors are afraid to explore. It is a daring and challenging first book by a young author who is sure to find a place in Canadian literature.

Marc Labriola writes fiction and poetry. Recently, his fiction has appeared in BorderSenses, The Vehicle, Hawaii Pacific Review, Change Seven Magazine, and Cleaver Magazine. He has been nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology, the Pushcart Prize, and Best American Short Stories. He is the recipient of the 2015 Toronto Arts Council Writer’s Grant. He teaches English and lives in Toronto with his wife and two daughters.

The book will be published Fall 2017.

(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!)


News, Awards, and Reviews!

Summer 2017

Read Alec Butler’s Rough Paradise reviewed by Jane Eaton Hamilton! And then read a review in Broken Pencil Magazine!

Check out “Today’s Book of Poetry” and Michael Dennis’ review of The Resumption of Play by Gary Geddes.


Thank you @miramichireader for this review of Laura Swart’s Blackbird Calling!


Sanita Fejzić’s Psychomachia reviewed in the Ottawa Review of Books!


Quill & Quire review of Barbaric Cultural Practice by Penn Kemp!


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.

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

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