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

My Favorite Bit: J Tullos Hennig talks about SUMMERWODE

J Tullos Hennig is joining us today with her novel Summerwode. Here’s the publisher’s description: The Summer King has come to the Wode… Yet to which oath, head or heart, shall he hold? Once known as the Templar assassin Guy de Gisbourne, dispossessed noble Gamelyn Boundys has come to Sherwood Forest with conflicted oaths. One is […]

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My Favorite Bit: Rebecca Roland talks about SHATTERED FATES

Rebecca Roland is joining us today with her novel Shattered Fates. Here’s the publisher’s description: The magic barrier protecting the Taakwa from their enemies, the Maddion, is gone. Malia, who led the Taakwa against the Maddion in the Dragon War, must convince the magical being, the changer, to repair the barrier before the Maddion invade to […]

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My Favorite Bit: Selena Chambers talks about CALLS FOR SUBMISSION

Selena Chambers is joining us today with her collection of short stories Calls For Submission. Here’s the publisher’s description: Selena Chambers’ debut collection guides readers out of space and time and through genre and mythos to explore the microcosmic horrors of identity, existence, and will in the face of the world’s adamant calls for submission. Victorian tourists […]

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My Favorite Bit: Alan Smale talks about EAGLE AND EMPIRE

Alan Smale is joining us today with his novel Eagle and Empire. Here’s the publisher’s description: The award-winning author of Clash of Eagles and Eagle in Exile concludes his masterly alternate-history saga of the Roman invasion of North America in this stunning novel. Roman Praetor Gaius Marcellinus came to North America as a conqueror, but after meeting with defeat […]

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My Favorite Bit: Carrie Patel talks about THE SONG OF THE DEAD

Carrie Patel is joining us today with her novel The Song of the Dead. Here’s the publisher’s description: Finally, the lost histories of the Catastrophe will be revealed and with them the ultimate fate of the buried city of Recoletta in the dramatic conclusion to Carrie Patel’s trilogy. With Ruthers dead and the Library Accord signed […]

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