Coteau Books is a small, non-profit literary press based in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. It was established in 1975 by Bob Currie, Gary Hyland, Barbara Sapergia and Geoffrey Ursell when they realized that there was little opportunity for Saskatchewan writers to get published, especially first-time authors.Coteau Books has grown considerably since its 1975 founding, publishing 16 books a year, from authors across Canada, and adding a substantial and high-profile "young readers" element to its list. Now employing five people, Coteau distributes its books to Canada, the US, Australia and New Zealand, and around the world on the internet. It also has rights representation for its titles in most parts of the world. It has published authors from all over Canada, and it has been short listed for or won many literary awards in the country, including the prestigious Governor General's Literary Awards (which Coteau's Gloria Sawai won in 2001 for her short story collection A Song for Nettie Johnson). Coteau has had books named GG finalists seven times, in four different genres, which is a rare accomplishment for a press of its size.
Writers who have been published by the firm have included Mark Abley, Linda Aksomitis, Sharon Butala, Warren Cariou, Archie Crail, Deborah Ellis, Connie Gault, Wendy Phillips, Armand Garnet Ruffo, Linda Smith and Anne Szumigalski.
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