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 NorWesCon

Mary Robinette is a Guest of Honor at NorWesCon in Seattle, Washington from April 18 to April 21st 2019. You can register at the door. Here’s where to find her while she’s there! April 18, 2019 Guest of Honor Banquet 5:00pm – 6:30pm Grand 2 Enjoy a buffet of great food and great company as […]

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My Favorite Bit: Ashok K. Banker talks about UPON A BURNING THRONE

Ashok K. Banker is joining us today with his novel Upon a Burning Throne. Here’s the publisher’s description: From international sensation Ashok K. Banker, pioneer of the fantasy genre in India, comes the first book in a ground-breaking, epic fantasy series inspired by the ancient Indian classic, The Mahabharata In a world where demigods and demons walk […]

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My Favorite Bit: Lara Elena Donnelly talks about AMNESTY

Lara Elena Donnelly is joining us today to talk about her novel Amnesty, the conclusion of the Amberlough Dossier. Here’s the publisher’s description: In Amberlough City, out of the ASHES of revolution, a TRAITOR returns, a political CAMPAIGN comes to a roaring head, and the people demand JUSTICE for crimes past. As a nation struggles to […]

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Where to Find Mary Robinette in April

My April plans have been laid awry, because we are moving from Chicago to Nashville! There are still a few places you can catch me this month. Here’s where to find me in April:   April 18-21st NorWesCon Guest of Honor – Seattle, Washington   April 29 Online Supporter Writing Class   Or find me […]

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My Favorite Bit: Jaine Fenn talks about BROKEN SHADOW

Jaine Fenn is joining us today with her conclusion to the Shadowlands duology, Broken Shadow. Here’s the publisher’s description: The sky is falling, and only one dilettante scientist can save the world, in the startling finale of the Shadowlands duology Rhia Harlyn risks death for science. Accused of heresy for promoting an unorthodox cosmology, she […]

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