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: 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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My Favorite Bit: Kay Kenyon talks about SERPENT IN THE HEATHER

Kay Kenyon is joining us today to talk about her novel Serpent in the Heather. Here’s the publisher’s description: Now officially working for the Secret Intelligence Service, Kim Tavistock is back to solve another mystery—this time a serial killer with deep Nazi ties—in the sequel to At the Table of Wolves. Summer, 1936. In England, an assassin […]

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My Favorite Bit: Elizabeth Forest talks about THE THIRD KIND OF MAGIC

Elizabeth Forest is joining us today to talk about her novel The Third Kind of Magic. Here’s the publisher’s description: Can one twelve-year-old girl fight a witch? Exiled from her village for accidentally using advanced magic, Suli must either become a wise woman or be shunned as a witch. She’s apprenticed to the wise woman Tala, […]

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