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 Robinette 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: Keren Landsman talks about THE HEART OF THE CIRCLE

Keren Landsman is joining us today to talk about her novel The Heart of the Circle. Here is the publisher’s description: Sorcerers fight for the right to exist and fall in love, in this extraordinary alternate world fantasy thriller by award-winning Israeli author Keren Landsman. Throughout human history there have always been sorcerers, once idolized […]

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My Favorite Bit: Reese Hogan talks about SHROUDED LOYALTIES

Reese Hogan is joining us today to talk about her novel Shrouded Loyalties. Here’s the publisher’s description: A soldier returns home with a dangerous secret from an alternate realm, unaware that she is surrounded by spies and collaborators, in this intense military science fiction novel. Naval officer Mila Blackwood is determined to keep her country’s […]

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Where to Find Mary Robinette at Dublin WorldCon

  Mary Robinette will be at Dublin WorldCon and the Hugo Awards from Aug 15 to 18, 2019, in Dublin, Ireland. The Calculating Stars has also been nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Novel. Get memberships here.   Here’s where to find Mary Robinette at the con: Thursday, August 15 Dragons and Debutantes: Fantasy […]

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My Favorite Bit: Susan Forest talks about BURSTS OF FIRE

Susan Forest is joining us today to talk about her novel Bursts of Fire. Here’s the publisher’s description: Bursts of Fire begins an epic political fantasy of revenge, addictions, and redemption. In an empire where magic has become suspect, love and loyalty–for one’s lover, one’s family, one’s country–are tested. If Heaven desires the very earth be […]

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My Favorite Bit: Spencer Ellsworth talks about THE GREAT FAERIE STRIKE

Spencer Ellsworth is joining us today to talk about his novel The Great Faerie Strike. Here’s the publisher’s description: A revolution in Faerie! Ridley Enterprises has brought industry to the Otherworld, churning out magical goods for profit. But when they fire Charles the gnome, well, they’ve gone too far. And against a gnome’s respectable nature, […]

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