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

My Favorite Bit: Peter Orullian Talks About TRIAL OF INTENTIONS

Peter Orullian joins us today to talk about his new novel, Trial of Intentions. Here is the publisher’s description: The gods who created this world have abandoned it. In their mercy, however, they chained the rogue god–and the monstrous creatures he created to plague mortalkind–in the vast and inhospitable wasteland of the Bourne. The magical Veil that […]

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Examining ENDER’S GAME — The Cost of Breaking the Rules

I wrote this essay in a moving van as we were relocating from Portland to Chicago. It appeared in Smart Pop Book’s Ender’s World which was a series of essays looking at the novel Ender’s Game from different perspectives. Here’s a teaser. In 2005, I was fortunate enough to attend Orson Scott Card’s Literary Boot Camp. I […]

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My Favorite Bit: Sally Kilpatrick talks about THE HAPPY HOUR CHOIR

Today Sally Kilpatrick joins us to talk about her new novel, The Happy Hour Choir. Here is the publisher’s description: From debut author Sally Kilpatrick comes a hopeful tale of love and redemption in a quiet Southern town where a lost soul finds her way with the help of an unlikely circle of friends. . . Life […]

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