About MeMahtab, in Persian, means moonlight. My debut novel, The Third Eye -- a fantasy-adventure based in India and the first book in the Tara Trilogy, won the + read more Silver Birch Fiction Award, 2009 (A reading program in Ontario).
The Tiffin, based on the dabbawallas of Mumbai, also received critical acclaim and was shortlisted for, among other awards, the SYRCA, MYRCA and Red Maple Fiction Awards.
Mission Mumbai and Looking for Lord Ganesh were published in Spring 2016 by Scholastic Inc. and Lantana Publishing, respectively.
I live in Vancouver with my husband, son, golden retriever, and am deeply committed to representing diversity in my stories.
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You May Know Me For:
    Literature Types
  • Picture Books
  • Chapter Books
  • Middle Grade Fiction
  • YA Fiction

Published WorksThe Third Eye
Middle-grade-Fiction – Fantasy
The Dundurn Group
October 2007, Canada

The Silver Anklet
Middle-grade-Fiction – Fantasy
The Dundurn Group
November 2009, Canada

The Deadly Conch
Middle-grade-Fiction – Fantasy
The Dundurn Group
January 2011, Canada

What’s in a Name?
Short Story – Non Fiction - Anthology, “Piece by Piece: Stories About Fitting into Canada
Penguin Canada
March 2010, Canada

The Tiffin
Middle-grade Fiction
Dancing Cat Books (An Imprint of Cormorant books)
2014, Japan China and Taiwan
August 2011, Canada
April 2014, UK

My Best Friend…Not
Chapter Book- Fiction
Pearson Canada : Mental Wellness (Well Aware) Series for the Toronto District School Board
October 2014

Mission Mumbai, A Novel of Sacred Cows, Snakes and Stolen Toilets
Middle-Grade Fiction
Scholastic US and Can

Looking For Lord Ganesh
Picture Book
Lantana Publishing, UK
April 2016

Wrath of Gaia
Speculative Fiction – Short Story – Strangers Among Us, Tales of The Underdogs and Outcasts
Laksa Media Groups Inc
August 2016

Speaking InformationI enjoy connecting with my readers in interactive presentations and encourage discussions about diversity. I am comfortable with an adult audience as well as + read more Grades 1-3 for my picture book and Grades 4-8 for my middle-grade/YA novels. As Writer-In-Residence at the TDSB (2014-2016) and presenter at TPL (Sophie’s Studio workshops 2011 and 2016), I have given numerous writing workshops and love it!
I tailor my presentations to the age of my audience and make them fun and interactive. My talk is peppered with personal anecdotes about the challenges I face when I write, as well as tips and tricks I use to meet my daily goal of 1500 words. Each presentation is 50 minutes in duration with 10 minutes for Q&A. I also talk about the catalyst that took me from being a high-powered corporate executive to becoming a writer.
My books include a strong element of my Indian roots and I encourage discussions and questions on world cultures, and especially diversity. I immigrated to Canada in 1997 and am happy to share the struggles I faced trying to fit in.

Writing Workshop Topics:
• Creative writing - Fiction
• The Danger of a Single Story
• New Immigrant and Fitting into Canada
• Myth and Magic

Equipment: A mike, table, projector screen and multi-plug power socket. Flip-chart and markers for workshops.
Venue : All, though libraries and classrooms preferred.
Maximum number of students per session: 100 for presentations and 16 for workshops.
This is slightly flexible so please contact me to discuss.
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    I Will Travel To:
  • Vancouver
  • Canada - beyond BC
  • USA
  • International

    I Present to Age Groups:
  • Grades K-3
  • Grades 4-6
  • Grades 7-8

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TestimonialsMahtab’s presentations were not only educational but also very engaging. Her themes of Indian + read more 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. However, even if students did not have this background knowledge they were still easily engaged and interested in her stories and trivia. She kept students actively listening by regularly asking questions and offering small prizes as incentives, which really worked for our audiences. She had great multimedia supports, such as pictures and videos, but was still very hands on in her interactions with the students.
In the weeks following her presentation, students regularly requested to read her books from our school’s library. They have been consistently signed out and enjoyed by students in many grades.
We have already recommended Mahtab to another school in our area. We would highly recommend Mahtab Narsimhan as an excellent candidate to tour as an author for the CCBC’s Book Week.
Amanda Cannon
Armadale Public School, Markham ON
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On behalf of our staff and students at David Lewis P.S., we'd like to sincerely thank you for the + read more 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
Teacher/Librarian, David Lewis P.S. Show Less
Charles Gordon Sr. P.S. is a senior school. Mahtab did two presentations, one for the grade 7s in + read more April and another for the grade 8s in May. They were well received by both the staff and students. She had the students captivated for one and a half hours. Her presentation focused on all 4 strands of our language curriculum – reading, writing, oral communication and media literacy. She showed many slides and videos which were connected to her books. She talked about Indian Mythology and connected it with Canadian issues like bullying, media literacy etc.

Mahtab is a very knowledgeable author who is committed to her writing. She talked to the students about her research and her struggles (difficulty getting her book published, the number of drafts she had to go through, etc.). She described her personal experiences in detail allowing the students to connect to her with ease and understand her work and passion for writing.

I would highly recommend her for the position of creative writing with teens as she has the experience, knowledge and enthusiasm which are necessities when working with that age group. Please contact me at school if you would like to discuss this letter further.

Punam Khullar
Charles Gordon Senior Public School

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Awards and Recognition:The Third Eye

• Winner of the Silver Birch Fiction Award, 2009
• Canadian Children’s + show more Book Magazine has named it a Recommended Read.

The Tiffin

• Quill & Quire named it one of the Top Five Books for Young People in 2011
• Included in the Ontario Library Association’s Best Bets List for 2012
• Nominated for Children’s Book of The Year Award 2012 by the Canadian Library Association.
• Nominated for the Ontario Library Association Red Maple Fiction Award 2013
• Nominated for Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award for 2013 (MYRCA)
• Nominated for the Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Award 2013 (SYRCA)
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