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

History is repeating in Ferguson – Here, have some sources.

In May of 1919, W. E. B. Du Bois published an essay called, “Returning Soldiers.” We return from the slavery of uniform which the world’s madness demanded us to don to the freedom of civil garb. We stand again to look America squarely in the face and call a spade a spade. We sing: This […]

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How to watch the Retro Hugos tonight, + my WorldCon schedule

Tonight at 8:00pm in London, I’ll be hosting the Retro Hugos with Robert Shearman. There’s an opening number. A 12 piece band. Sound effects. And a dress based on one from 1939. You can watch the entire thing streaming at http://www.ustream.tv/hugo-awards. I am spending most of today in rehearsal until my hair and makeup team arrives. […]

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My Favorite Bit: E. Catherine Tobler talks about RINGS OF ANUBIS

E. Catherine Tobler is joining us today with her novel The Rings of Anubis. Here’s the publisher’s description. As the nineteenth century turns into the twentieth, the world looks to a future of revolutionary science and extraordinary machines. Archaeologist Eleanor Folley looks back to Egypt’s ancient mysteries and her mother’s inexplicable, haunting disappearance. Agent Virgil Mallory, […]

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