About Mary

Kowal1Hugo-award winning author, Mary Robinette Kowal is a novelist and professional puppeteer. Her debut novel Shades of Milk and Honey (Tor 2010) was nominated for the 2010 Nebula Award for Best Novel. In 2008 she won the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, while three of her short fiction works have been nominated for the Hugo Award: “Evil Robot Monkey” in 2009 and “For Want of a Nail” in 2011, which won the Hugo for short story that year. Her stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, and several Year’s Best anthologies, as well as in her collection Scenting the Dark and Other Stories from Subterranean Press.

Kowal is also an award-winning puppeteer. With over twenty years of experience, she has performed for LazyTown (CBS), the Center for Puppetry Arts, Jim Henson Pictures and founded Other Hand Productions. Her designs have garnered two UNIMA-USA Citations of Excellence, the highest award an American puppeteer can achieve.

When she isn’t writing or puppeteering, Kowal brings her speech and theater background to her work as a voice actor. As the voice behind several audio books and short stories, she has recorded fiction for authors such as Kage Baker, Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi.

Mary lives in Chicago with her husband Rob and over a dozen manual typewriters. Sometimes she even writes on them.

Recent Journal Entries

For those who were caught by my April Fool’s joke…

Earlier today, I announced that I had been asked to do two days of work on Sesame Street. Some people, based on my prior April Fool’s jokes, decided pretty instantly, that this was also a joke. This isn’t surprising, since I have a history of planting things weeks ahead of time leading up to a […]

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Sunny day, sweeping the clouds away…

Woot! I’ve been keeping of this partly under my hat because I was afraid of jinxing it, but just got word that it’s official. Many of you may remember, that I auditioned for a Sesame Street workshop last year. It was an amazing experience, but I figured my chances were slim of getting to do more. […]

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My Favorite Bit: Cat Rambo talks about BEASTS OF TABAT

Cat Rambo is joining us today with her novel Beasts of Tabat. Here’s the publisher’s description. When countryboy Teo arrives in the coastal city of Tabat, he finds it a hostile place, particularly to a boy hiding an enormous secret. It’s also a city in turmoil, thanks to an ancient accord to change governments and the […]

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