Priscilla Galloway

Priscilla Galloway has delighted in historical fiction, myth and high fantasy since childhood. Her children and high school students, and later her graduate students, loved the way she brought life to ancient tales of gods and heroes, like Odysseus, King Arthur and Robin Hood. As an author, however, Galloway has turned to revealing the story behind the stories people are most likely to know.

Previously, Priscilla taught in high schools and universities and worked as a language arts consultant with children of all ages. She was honored as Teacher of the Year by the Ontario Council of Teachers of English, and is a past president of CANSCAIP (the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers). Priscilla’s eclectic career includes operating a trailer park and managing an apartment building, not to mention a brief foray into cosmetic sales and a short stint as a cucumber farmer.

Born in Montreal in 1930, Priscilla has lived, written, taught and scuba-dived from Pacific to Atlantic, from southern farming country to northern mines, from the Caribbean to New Zealand. The family cottage, for many years her part-time residence, is now home for Priscilla and her husband Howard Collum. They look across Georgian Bay to the Blue Mountains, and shop in Midland or Penetanguishene.

Priscilla has been a full-time author since 1993. Published in Canada and the US, her books have been translated into French, Spanish, Italian and German. Too Young to Fight: Memories from our Youth During World War II won the international Bologna Ragazzi award in 2000, the first Canadian book to do so. Other awards and honors among Priscilla’s twenty-five titles include the Geoffrey Bilson Award for historical Canadian non-fiction, and the Canadian Library Association, Mr. Christie’s, Red Cedar, and Manitoba Young Readers awards. Her books have appeared on bestseller lists in national Canadian newspapers, and on prestigious lists such as the American Library Association’s Best Books for Young Adults and Quick Picks for Young Adults, and Quill and Quire’s Best Books of the Year. Many have been starred selections in the annual Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Books for Kids and Teens (formerly Our Choice) catalog.

Priscilla has never lost her appetite for adventure. This, along with her scholarly heritage, has powered her curiosity about people of past times and other cultures. Priscilla never wants to stop with what everybody knows. The story behind the story is always different, often surprisingly so. In Adventures on the Ancient Silk Road (2009), for example, Priscilla debunks the dismissive, simplistic view of Genghis Khan as a monster. She also describes the exploits of a Chinese television hero, a charismatic Superman whose real life was even more extraordinary than his fictitious one. She reveals new insights and understanding about Marco Polo and the profound influence this medieval Venetian merchant has had on our world. Go adventuring with this and other books by Priscilla Galloway!

Priscilla Galloway spent 10 years working on Adventures on the Ancient Silk Road, and that hard work has paid off with a prestigious Canadian literary award, the Norma Fleck Award for Nonfiction.