"Reading Coffee" received a special mention in a review of The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror, 2011. It was also mentioned as one of the top stories in 'Horrorworld'...
And yes, I'm still uneasy about self-promotion.
Congrats to Tansy Rayner Roberts, Sara Douglass (posthumous) and Angela Slatter, who were also specifically praised.
Double Entry, Gleeson-White's latest work, explores how the merchants of Venice shaped the modern world and is exceptional.
Reading wise, I've just finished the collection St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell. It's simply fabulous. Russell's fresh and innovative voice combined with her courage to venture into the magical realist realm make her a gem. Out of the many stand outs, "from Children's Reminisces of the Westward Migration" (originally in Conjunctions) is one of my all-time favourite stories.