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

Colorado Springs Book Signing and Pike Peak Writer’s Conference

Mary will be a keynote speaker at the Pike’s Peak Writer Conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado this weekend. You can see her full schedule here. Of note is the open-to-the-public Book Signing on Saturday April 28, from 5:30-7:30pm Mountain Time. It will be in the Aspen Leaf Room at the Colorado Springs Marriott – 5580 Tech Center […]

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My Favorite Bit: Patrice Sarath talks about THE SISTERS MEDEROS

Patrice Sarath is joining us today with her novel The Sisters Mederos. Here’s the publisher’s description: Two sisters fight with manners, magic, and mayhem to reclaim their family’s name, in this captivating historical fantasy adventure. House Mederos was once the wealthiest merchant family in Port Saint Frey. Now the family is disgraced, impoverished, and humbled by […]

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My Favorite Bit: Jerry Gordon talks about BREAKING THE WORLD

Jerry Gordon is joining us today to talk about his novel Breaking the World. Here’s the publisher’s description: In 1993, David Koresh predicted the end of the world. What if he was right? Cyrus doesn’t believe in David’s predictions, and he’s not interested in being part of a cult. But after the sudden death of his […]

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My Favorite Bit: Bryan Camp talks about THE CITY OF LOST FORTUNES

Bryan Camp is joining us today to talk about his novel The City of Lost Fortunes. Here’s the publisher’s description: The fate of New Orleans rests in the hands of a wayward grifter in this novel of gods, games, and monsters. The post–Katrina New Orleans of The City of Lost Fortunes is a place haunted by its history and […]

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My Favorite Bit: Ilana C. Myer talks about FIRE DANCE

Ilana C. Myer is joining us today to talk about her novel Fire Dance. Here’s the publisher’s description: Palace intrigue, dark magic, and terrifying secrets drive the beautifully written standalone novel Fire Dance, set in the world of Last Song Before Night. Espionage, diplomacy, conspiracy, passion, and power are the sensuously choreographed steps of the soaring new high […]

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