Biography

Although she started making books at the age of nine, Joan Marie Galat wasn’t published until 12 years old, when she became a paid weekly newspaper columnist. Today she is the award-winning author of more than a dozen books, with new titles scheduled for 2017 and 2018. Her newest titles are Dark Matters-Nature’s Reaction to Light Pollution, published by Red Deer Press in 2017, and Dot to Dot in the Sky, Stories of the Aurora (Whitecap Books, 2016).

She shares her love of the stars in the Dot to Dot in the Sky series which combines the science of the night sky with the ancient myths that give constellations and planets their names. Her first title, Dot to Dot in the Sky, Stories in the Stars, became a best seller within six weeks of its release.

Joan’s books for children explore astronomy, ancient myths and legends, light pollution, history, and nature, and include both fiction and non-fiction. Her titles for adults include a travel guide and motivational title. A prolific writer for all ages and relentless promoter of reading, Joan loves to use storytelling to connect with audiences. Highlights in her career have involved speaking at a United Nations Environment Programme event in Seoul, South Korea in 2016; presenting Korean translations of her books at an international book fair in Seoul in 2005; and touring at schools and libraries in Canada.

Joan operates MoonDot Media, a communications business offering writing and editing solutions in broadcast, print, and multi-media. Her freelance jobs have encompassed writing radio and video scripts, an Internet cartoon, magazine articles, exhibit text, speechwriting, annual reports, and other projects. She also provides consults for writers on query letters, manuscripts, and the submission process.

Member of:

  • Access Copyright
  • All American Speakers
  • Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC)
  • Canadian Authors Association, Alberta Branch
  • Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators, and Storytellers (CANSCAIP)
  • Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
  • The Writers Union of Canada
  • Writers Guild of Alberta
  • Young Alberta Book Society (YABS)


Joan in the News

IBBY Canada Newsletter: CANSCAIP Spotlight: Joan Marie Galat

Spruce Grove Examiner: Local Author Promotes Literacy

Devon Dispatch: Joan speaks at UN event

Alberta Foundation for the Arts: Artist profile – Joan Marie Galat

Devon Dispatch: Local author receives international honour
Note: article should describe me as a resident of Parkland County, rather than Spruce Grove.

Manitoulin Expositor: Reach for the stars -Manitoulin’s dark skies offer incredible star gazing opportunities

Dark Matters – When it gets dark, most of us just switch on the lights. An upcoming book says we should be careful about how our lights may affect nature. Joan Galat is in Sudbury to talk about her book — “Dark Matters.” Listen audio (runs 5:29)

Manitoulin Expositor: Stories of the night sky will come to life at author’s talks this week

Devon Dispatch: Appreciating the dark sky

Parkland County author wins award

Sherwood Park News: Author reaches new heights

 Spruce Grove Examiner/Stony Plain Reporter: Local author brings a world of knowledge with her

NAIT Techlife Magazine

630 CHED: Award winning author with new book

Online Interviews

Query Letter Success

Letters from Scanlon Creek

Storytime Standouts