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

Where to Find Mary Robinette at the Nebula Conference

Mary Robinette will be attending the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Nebula Conference from May 16-19, in Los Angeles, California. The Calculating Stars is also a finalist for a Nebula award for Best Novel. Here’s where you can find her there! Thursday, May 16 It’s a Dog, Not a Robot: Service Dogs In […]

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Where to Find Mary Robinette in May

Happy May! We are settling into our new apartment in Nashville, and Elsie has approved of the windowsill arrangement. Here’s where you can find me in May!   May 11 Online Class – The Fashion of Worldbuilding: Clothes, Technology, and Taboos (registration required)   May 16-19 2019 SFWA Nebulas Conference and Awards – Woodland Hills, […]

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My Favorite Bit: Danielle L. Jensen talks about DARK SHORES

Danielle L. Jensen is joining us today to talk about her new novel Dark Shores. Here’s the publisher’s description: High seas adventure, blackmail, and meddling gods meet in Dark Shores, a thrilling first novel in a fast-paced new YA fantasy series by USA Today bestselling author Danielle L. Jensen. In a world divided by meddlesome gods and treacherous oceans, […]

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My Favorite Bit: Wendy Nikel talks about THE CASSANDRA COMPLEX

Wendy Nikel is joining us today to talk about The Cassandra Complex, the third novella in the Place In Time series. Here’s the publisher’s description: Cass is a 22nd century university student who – like most young adults – has always believed her parents were a bit stuck in the past. But on her eighteenth birthday […]

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My Favorite Bit: William C. Tracy talks about FRUITS OF THE GODS

William C. Tracy is joining us today to talk about his novel Fruits of the Gods. Here’s the publishers description: Sisters Kisare and Belili uproot an ancient box in their owner’s orchard and find a miracle inside: a fifth godfruit in a society that knows only four. It is punishable by death for non-nobles to eat […]

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