Touring In: British Columbia (Lower Mainland)
Genre: picture books, junior fiction, YA
Ideal Audience Size: 30-75
Maximum Audience Size: For a one hour school/library presentation for middle-grade (Grades 4-6), I request a max of 80 students; for a half hour school/library presentation for the juniors (Grades 1-3), I request a max of 50 students; for a one hour workshop where a writing exercise is done and feedback provided by me, I request a max of 16 students. I also request that the grades range is not too wide (e.g., Grades 3-8 all invited to the same presentation. My presentations are age appropriate and hence I STRONGLY recommend that host schools/libraries keep with the grade range suggested above and not invite the entire school to the gym so hear my presentation.
Grades: Grades 1-6
Special Equipment: Overhead projector and projector screen with audio and video capability, table for my laptop and props, power sockets close by.
2013 OLA Red Maple Award Finalist
2009 Silver Birch Fiction Award Winner
Mahtab tailors her presentations to the age of her audience and makes them fun and interactive. Her talk is peppered with personal anecdotes about the challenges she faces when she writes, as well as tips and tricks she uses to meet her daily goal of 1500 words.
Each presentation for (middle-grade audiences) is 50 minutes in duration with 10 minutes for Q&A. She also talks about the catalyst that took her from a high-powered corporate executive to becoming a writer.
Mahtab’s books include a strong element of her Indian roots and she encourages discussions and questions on world cultures, and especially diversity. She immigrated to Canada in 1997 and is happy to share the struggles she faced while trying to fit into Canada.
She describes the research and planning that goes into each book. She’s writing one about Mars at the moment and hopes to get funding to do first-hand research.
Writing Workshop Topics:
- Creative writing – Fiction
- The Danger of a Single Story
- New Immigrant and Fitting into Canada
- Myth and Magic
Mission Mumbai (Scholastic Canada, 2016)
Looking For Lord Ganesh (Lantana Publishing, 2016)v
My Best Friend…Not! [Well Aware Series] (Pearson Canada, 2014)
The Deadly Conch (The Dundurn Group, 2011)
The Tiffin (Dancing Cat Books, 2011)
The Silver Anklet (The Dundurn Group, 2009)
The Third Eye (The Dundurn Group, 2007)
Mahtab, in Persian, means moonlight. She won the Silver Birch Award for her debut novel, The Third Eye. Mahtab enjoys connecting with her readers in interactive presentations and encourages discussions about diversity. She’s comfortable with an adult and student audiences. As Writer-In-Residence at the Toronto District School Board (2014-2016) and presenter at Toronto Public Library (Sophie’s Studio workshops 2011 and 2016), she has given numerous writing workshops and loves it!
The Third Eye
- Winner of the 2009 Silver Birch Fiction Award
- Canadian Children’s Book Magazine named it a Recommended Read.
- Quill & Quire named it one of the 2011 Top Five Books for Young People
- Included in the Ontario Library Association’s 2012 Best Bets List
- Shortlisted for 2012 Children’s Book of The Year Award by the Canadian Library Association.
- Shortlisted for the 2013 Ontario Library Association Red Maple Fiction Award
- Shortlisted for the 2013 Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award (MYRCA)
- Shortlisted for the 2013 Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Award (SYRCA)
Praise for Mahtab Narsimhan
“Mahtab’s presentations were not only educational but also very engaging. Her themes of Indian culture and mythology really resonated with our students, as many of them have come from similar backgrounds and have cultural awareness of life in India.”
—Amanda Cannon, Teacher-Librarian, Armadale Public School
“The experience of having Mahtab at our school was excellent from start to finish.”
—Claire Perrin, Teacher-Librarian, Anson Public School
“On behalf of our staff and students at David Lewis P.S., we’d like to sincerely thank you for the amazing experience we had on Friday when Mahtab visited our school. The students were highly engaged with her photos from India and her stories of how she persisted to write The Third Eye and all her other books. Thank you so much for choosing our school to win the Just Read It contest. We will continue to submit book reviews towards this great initiative. Thank you for everything you do to help support teacher-librarians in the TDSB. We couldn’t do it without you!
Mahtab, once again, thank you so much for such as inspiring presentation. Both staff and students enjoyed it thoroughly. We wish you luck in all your future writing endeavours, and can’t wait to read your new books!—Lindsay McKeag, David Lewis Public School