Author, teacher and publisher Bertrand Gauthier founded award-winning publishing house la Courte Échelle in 1978, which he managed for over twenty years. Since 2001 he has focused on his own writing and on school visits. Among his popular children’s books are his Zunik, Louna and Max Malo series. As well as the Aubry Award, Gauthier is the recipient of several other honours, including the Canada Council Children’s Literature Prize in 1982 for Hébert Luée. the Fleury Mesplet Award from the Salon du livre de Montreal in 1995 for his contribution to Quebec publishing, the Medal of French Culture in 1996 for his contribution to the vitality of the French language as a writer and editor, and the 2010 Raymond Plante award for his exceptional involvement in children’s literature.