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Joan Marie Galat      

International Award Winning Author. United Nations Environment Programme Speaker. Literacy, Environmental Advocate. Motivational speaker.

Award winning and best selling author, Joan Marie Galat, shares her love of the night sky in the Dot to Dot in the Sky series, which offers both modern-day astronomy and the stories ancient cultures told to explain night sky phenomena. Joan's writing career began at the age of 12 when she was hired to write a weekly newspaper column. Today she is a bestselling and international award winning author with more than a dozen traditionally published books, as well as foreign translations. Joan’s books include back cover endorsements from Chris Hadfield, Dr. Roberta Bondar, and other astronauts, as well as science and media professionals. A frequent presenter, Joan spoke at a United Nations Environmental Programme talk concert—A Special Rendezvous of the Environment and the Arts—in Seoul. Her speech, The Nature of Night, revealed the relationship between art and science in our Earth and sky environment. Joan’s topics often reflect her captivation with science, stories, and the night sky. In addition to astronomy and mythology, her books explore ecology, nature, light pollution, history, travel, and stress management. She has written hundreds of articles for newspapers and magazines, and worked as a magazine editor, radio announcer, and writer-in-residence.

A professional storyteller, Joan is devoted to promoting literacy, creativity, scientific interest, concern for dark skies, and appreciation for the environment. She encourages aspiring authors with talks on publishing and the writer’s life, and offers a motivational keynote based on her book, Give Yourself a Pep Talk. Joan operates MoonDot Media, a communications business offering writing and editing solutions in broadcast, print, and multi-media.

Joan may be the world’s tallest author. She takes part in festivals as a stilt-walker, and has been known to bring her stilts to school presentations. Towering nearly nine feet over her audience, she reinforces literacy by explaining how reading led her to stilt-walking and other adventures.


Joan is a great guest speaker who has a passion for and knowledge of the environment. She captivated the audience with her engaging and inspiring speech at the United Nations Environment Programme Rendezvous of the Arts. It was a pleasure to work with Joan and I would definitely recommend her.

Sue H. Kim, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Korea

[Give Yourself a Pep Talk offers] Wise and practical strategies to maintain your sanity, restore joy, and overcome despair in the face of life’s most challenging obstacles.

Dr. Richard A. Warshak, author of Divorce Poison: How To Protect Your Family From Bad-mouthing and Brainwashing, and Clinical Professor, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Looking up at the Moon has inspired explorers and dreamers for eons, floating as a beacon of endless mystery. It lured me into space. The largest Dot in the night sky is the Moon, and its facts and mysteries are beautifully connected in Dot to Dot in the Sky, Stories of the Moon.”

Chris Hadfield, astronaut

Joan Marie Galat knows how to engage her audience and works hard to deliver entertainment as well as informative material on writing. She delivers her talk with enthusiasm and energy. Her enjoyment of the audience is obvious and in return, the response is excellent.

Sylvia McNicoll, Author/Past President of Canadian Society of Authors Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP), Today’s Parent Features Editor

Joan is a quintessential speaker for a post-secondary audience. She has a natural eloquence, a gift with relevant anecdotes, and an impressive store of experience and knowledge to share. Joan opened their eyes to possibilities that had never occurred to them before, and showed the rewards that come from a consistently positive attitude and steady perseverance. 

Christina M. Grant, MA English Instructor: MacEwan Professional Writing program, MacEwan English BA program, and NAIT Liberal Arts program

Joan is a very engaging speaker who maintained the rapt attention of her audience throughout her presentations. She engaged the audience in lively discussions following her presentations and put them at ease to ask questions. Joan is a talented presenter who will be invited back to Glenbow time and again.

Michale Lang, Former Vice President, Access, Collections and Exhibits, Glenbow Museum

Speech Topics

The Journey (Writing/Publishing)

Joan Marie Galat shares her journey from 12 year-old weekly newspaper columnist to best selling and international award-winning author.

Big Picture Storytelling (Writing/Publishing)

Stories communicate, build leadership skills, and enhance workplace communication. An effective and meaningful method for sharing facts and ideas, storytelling can be harnessed to help others remember and care about your message.

The Nature of Night (Science)

Expanding scientific knowledge makes it increasingly apparent that our environment extends beyond the landscapes of Earth and into the celestial world. Explore the relationship between art and science in our land-sky environment.

Dot to Dot in the Sky (Science)

Connecting ancient cultures and modern science, this blend of astronomy and storytelling leads from the northern lights and our familiar Moon, to stars that explode and disappear.

Dark Matters, Nature’s Reaction to Light Pollution (Science)

From nesting turtles, to migrating birds, light pollution affects more than just humans. Discover how our need to light the world affects species that take their cues from the moon and stars.

Give Yourself a Pep Talk (Motivation)

A gripping dialogue offering practical strategies for coping with unsolved problems.

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