Joan Marie Galat
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Home page: www.joangalat.com
As a child, Joan Marie Galat spent hours gazing up at the night sky from snow forts and through car windows on long road trips. Joan shares her love of the stars in the Dot to Dot in the Sky series, which combine the science of the night sky with the ancient myths that give the constellations and planets their names.
Joan's very first writing job sprung from an honourable mention received for entering a poetry contest when she was 13. This led to a weekly question and answer bird column for a weekly newspaper. After graduating from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Biological Sciences, Ecology, Joan worked as a naturalist and eventually in radio, becoming an announcer, as well as a news and copy writer. Opportunities in radio led to work as an announcer, with Joan eventually turning to writing books and taking on freelance work.
Today Joan operates MoonDot Media, a communications business offering writing solutions in broadcast, print, and multi-media. She edits a quarterly magazine and has worked on projects that included CBC Radio features and speechwriting, as well as writing exhibit text, web content, and video scripts.
Joan's favorite type of writing is for children. She finds storytelling an ideal way to lure others into sharing her interest in astronomy. A frequent visitor to schools and libraries, Joan delights audiences with presentations that include juggling star-shaped beanbags to illustrate the concept of falling stars! Three of her books have been translated, leading to travel to Korea to share stories of the constellations, planets, and Moon.
The long winter nights and big prairie sky are ideal for stargazing but Joan also enjoys other outdoor pastimes such as kayaking, swimming, nature walks, and day trips�leading to her book: Day Trips From Edmonton. A constant reader, with a fascination in oral and written storytelling, Joan writes from Stony Plain, near Edmonton.
Black Holes and Supernovas, 2012
Day Trips from Edmonton, 2009
Dot to Dot in the Sky, Stories of the Zodiac, 2007
Dot to Dot in the Sky, Stories of the Moon: 2004: Korean translation
Dot to Dot in the Sky, Stories of the Planets, 2003: Korean translation
Dot to Dot in the Sky, Stories in the Stars, 2001: Korean translation
Dr. Bufflehead Explores Energy, 2006
Dr. Bufflehead Explores Dirt, 2006
Honours and Awards
Dot to Dot in the Sky, Stories of the Zodiac
� Winner of the Canadian Authors Association � Alberta Branch, Exporting Alberta Award (2008)
� Winner of a Gold Moonbeam Award (science/activity category) presented by Jenkins Group and Independent Publisher Online (2008)
� Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens (2007)
� Edmonton Public School Board recommended title (2007)
Dot to Dot in the Sky, Stories of the Moon
� Winner of the R. Ross Annett Award for Children�s Literature presented by the Writers Guild of Alberta (2005)
� Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice selection (2004)
� Edmonton Public School Board recommended title (2004)
Dot to Dot in the Sky, Stories of the Planets
� Shortlisted for the Rocky Mountain Book Award (2004)
� Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice selection (2003)
� Edmonton Public School Board recommended title (2003)
Dot to Dot in the Sky, Stories in the Stars
� Bestseller (2001)
� Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice selection (2001)
� Edmonton Public School Board recommended title (2001)
Interests: astronomy, natural history, science, travel, environment, writing, reading, literacy, fiction, non-fiction, information books, children's literature, education, multicultural, mythology, history, nature, animals, plants
Published writer: Yes