In which the Dance of Happiness is Done

Lisa's photo

Lisa’s photo

So I woke to a text from my dearest Brain, Lisa L. Hannett, sent while she was exploring far-flung Lindisfarne on her Great Viking Adventure Time, saying “WAKE UP WAKE UP WAKE UP, MY BRAIN, YOU’RE ON THE WFA SHORTLIST!”

And so, All of the Dancing was Done. It’s lovely that my first and second WFA noms were both for Tartarus Books!

The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings – from my lovely publisher Tartarus Press and with illustrations by the wonderful Kathleen Jennings – is shortlisted for Best Collection along with (and yes, gasp with amazement as these are truly awesome collections):

  • Mercy and Other Stories, Rebecca Lloyd (Tartarus)
  • Gifts for the One Who Comes After, Helen Marshall (ChiZine)
  • They Do the Same Things Different There, Robert Shearman (ChiZine)
  • The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings, Angela Slatter (Tartarus)
  • Death at the Blue Elephant, Janeen Webb (Ticonderoga)

And a huge thank you to dearest Stephen Jones and extra dearest Lisa L. Hannett for their Introduction and Afterword respectively. The rest of the shortlists are here and include the likes of the superb Kaaron Warren, Jeff VanderMeer, Scott Nicolay, Ellen Datlow, Galen Dara, Kelly Link … I’ll stop before I just everyone.

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