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Book Launch / The Most Precious Substance on Earth by Shashi Bhat

September 28, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT

Join Massy Books on September 28th (Tuesday), at 5pm, for a virtual launch event of Vancouver-based author Shashi Bhat‘s second novel, “The Most Precious Substance on Earth” (2021, McClelland & Stewart/Penguin Random House Canada).

At the event, Shashi will have a conversation with Doretta Lau – author of the short story collection “How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun?” and the poetry chapbook “Cause and Effect”.

The event will be host on Facebook Live.

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The book is a humorous coming-of-age novel and a sharp-edged look at how silence can shape a life:

On her tumultuous path from nineties high school student to present-day high school teacher, Nina will learn difficult truths about existing as a woman in the world. And whether she’s pushing herself to deliver speeches at Toastmasters meetings, struggling through her MFA program, enduring the indignities of online dating, or wrestling with how to best guide her students, she will discover that the past is never far behind her. 

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Click here to purchase Shashi Bhat’s The Most Precious Substance on Earth at Massy Books



Shashi Bhat’s second novel, The Most Precious Substance on Earth, was published by McClelland & Stewart/Penguin Random House Canada (Fall 2021) and is forthcoming from Grand Central Publishing/Hachette in the US (Spring 2022). Her collection of short stories is also forthcoming from McClelland & Stewart. Her debut novel, The Family Took Shape (Cormorant, 2013), was a finalist for the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. Her fiction has appeared in publications across North America, including The Malahat Review, The New Quarterly, The Fiddlehead, The Threepenny Review, The Missouri Review, Best Canadian Stories 2018, 2019 & 2021, Journey Prize Stories 24 & 30, and others. She was the winner of the 2018 Journey Prize and was a 2018 National Magazine Award finalist for fiction. She is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and a Bronwen Wallace Award finalist.

Doretta Lau is the author of the short story collection How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun? and the poetry chapbook Cause and Effect. She splits her time between Vancouver and Hong Kong, where she is writing a comedic novel about an inept company struggling to open a theme park about death. Visit her website at www.dorettalau.com or follow @dorettalau on Twitter and Instagram.


September 28, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT