Family Travels

Mahtab Narsimhan, Esta Spalding

Family Travels
Event Number: 9
Tickets: $17.00

$9.50 for student groups

Family Travels

Mahtab Narsimhan, Esta Spalding

Tuesday, October 17
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Revue Stage

1601 Johnston St.

Children love stories with adventure and surprise at every turn. Luckily, that’s what Mahtab Narsimhan and Esta Spalding do best. In Narsimhan’s tale, tag along with Dylan as he joins his best friend on a family vacation to India. Turns out, even on the colourful streets of Mumbai you can’t escape family bickering. Then there are Spalding’s Fitzgerald-Trouts, four loosely related self-reliant siblings living together on a lush tropical island. Though they have no parents to answer to—they sleep in their car, bathe in the ocean, eat fish they catch and fruit they pick—what they really want is a home, the pursuit of which brings them face-to-face with a flood, illegal carnivorous plants and the chance to win an extraordinary prize at a carnival.

Suitable for Grades 3-6.

Event Participants:

Mahtab Narsimhan

British Columbia

Mahtab Narsimhan was born in Mumbai and emigrated to Canada in 1997. After several attempts, her first middle grade novel The Third Eye was published in 2007 and won the Silver Birch Fiction Award. Narsimhan is now the author of six middle-grade books. Her seventh novel, Mission Mumbai, follows two best friends on the trip of a lifetime in India, each with their own motivations and secrets that threatens their relationship.


Esta Spalding


Esta Spalding is an award-winning writer for television and film, as well as a poet and author. She has written for some of Canada’s most popular and award-winning series. Currently, she is the supervising producer of the HBO series Masters of Sex, and is writing for the new Amazon series The Last Tycoon. Her upbringing in Hawaii inspired her Fitzgerald-Trout series, which has two new books arriving this year.