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: Laura Anne Gilman talks about RED WATERS RISING

Laura Anne Gilman is joining us today with her novel Red Waters Rising. Here’s the publisher’s description: In the last novel of The Devil’s West trilogy, Isobel, the Devil’s Left Hand, and Gabriel ride through the magical land of the Territory to root out evil by the way of mad magicians, ghosts, and twisted animal spirits. […]

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Where to find Mary at 4th Street Fantasy Con

Mary will be at the 4th Street Fantasy Convention from Jun 22-24, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Register here. Here’s where to find Mary at the con: Friday, June 22nd 4th Street Seminar (separate registration required) 10:00am-3:00pm The Seminar at 4th Street Fantasy is an opportunity for aspiring, neo-pro, and intermediate writers to hear about aspects […]

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My Favorite Bit: C. L. Polk talks about WITCHMARK

C.L. Polk is joining us today to talk about her novel Witchmark. Here is the publisher’s description: C. L. Polk arrives on the scene with Witchmark, a stunning, addictive fantasy that combines intrigue, magic, betrayal, and romance. One of Publishers Weekly‘s Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2018! In an original world reminiscent of Edwardian England in the shadow […]

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Tor/Forge: The Responsibility of Narrative

    I have a post at the Tor/Forge site today about The Calculating Stars and Hidden Figures and internalized bias, go check it out!   Here’s a teaser: As mainstream culture becomes increasingly vocal about the politics of gender, it makes me aware of all of the damaging narrative that I’ve internalized and which […]

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MY FAVORITE BIT: J.S. Fields talks about ARDULUM: THIRD DON

J.S. Fields is here today with the final book in the Ardulum series, Ardulum: Third Don. Here’s the publisher’s description: The planet wakes. Atalant is torn between two worlds. In uncharted space, head of a sentient planet, the new eld of Ardulum now leads the religion she once rejected. Emn is by her side but the […]

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