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Joan Marie Galat

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Joan Marie Galat
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. 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 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. Now she is the author of more than 20 books for children and adults.

Today Joan operates MoonDot Media—a communications business offering writing solutions in broadcast, print, and multi-media. She edited a quarterly magazine for nine years and has worked on projects that include 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! Several of her books have been translated, leading to travel to South Korea to share stories of the night sky and speak at a United Nations event on the environment and the arts.

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 Parkland County near Edmonton, Alberta.
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