About Mary

Mary Robinette Kowal Bio

 

Hugo-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: Lawrence M. Schoen talks about THE MOONS OF BARSK

Lawrence M. Schoen is joining us today to talk about his novel The Moons of Barsk. Here’s the publisher’s description: Pizlo, the lonely young outcast and physically-challenged Fant, is now a teenager. He still believes he hears voices from the planet’s moons, imparting secret knowledge to him alone. And so embarks on a dangerous voyage to […]

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My Favorite Bit: Lauren C. Teffeau talks about IMPLANTED

Lauren C. Teffeau is joining us today to talks about her novel Implanted. Here’s the publisher’s description: The data stored in her blood can save a city on the brink… or destroy it, in this gripping cyberpunk thriller When college student Emery Driscoll is blackmailed into being a courier for a clandestine organisation, she’s cut off […]

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My Favorite Bit: Drew Williams talks about THE STARS NOW UNCLAIMED

Drew Williams is joining us today with his novel The Stars Now Unclaimed. Here’s the publisher’s description: Jane Kamali is an agent for the Justified. Her mission: to recruit children with miraculous gifts in the hope that they might prevent the Pulse from once again sending countless worlds back to the dark ages. Hot on her […]

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My Favorite Bit: Michael J. Martinez talks about MJ-12: ENDGAME

Michael J. Martinez is joining us today to talk about his novel MJ-12: Endgame. Here’s the publisher’s description: A Cold War fought by superhuman agents reaches a boiling point in the thrilling finale to the MAJESTIC-12 historical thriller/superhero mash-up series from Michael J. Martinez. Josef Stalin is dead. In the aftermath, the Soviet Union is thrown […]

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Where to Find Mary Robinette in September

Here’s where to find Mary Robinette in September: September 3 Online Drip Class September 4 American Writers Museum’s #FearlessWomen in Science Fiction – Chicago, Illinois September 6 Deep Dish SFF Reading – Chicago, Illinois September 9 Kerrytown BookFest – Ann Arbor, Michigan September 10 Chicago Nerd Social Club Book Club – Chicago, Illinois September 11 […]

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