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: Minerva Zimmerman talks about TAKE ON ME

Minerva Zimmerman is joining us today with her novel Take On Me. Here’s the publisher’s description: Turning someone you don’t know into a vampire probably violates the Hippocratic oath. But Alex wasn’t really thinking about that when he found a girl bleeding out in his shower. Being turned into a vampire isn’t as cool as it […]

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My Favorite Bit: Ilana C. Myer talks about LAST SONG BEFORE NIGHT

Ilana C. Myer is joining us today with her Last Song Before Night. Here’s the publisher’s description: A high fantasy following a young woman’s defiance of her culture as she undertakes a dangerous quest to restore her world’s lost magic in Ilana C. Myer’s Last Song Before Night. Her name was Kimbralin Amaristoth: sister to a […]

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My Favorite Bit: Seb Doubinsky talks about THE SONG OF SYNTH

Seb Doubinsky is joining us today with his novel The Song of Synth. Here’s the publisher’s description: The Song of Synth welcomes readers into a world of mind-warping drugs, conspiracy, and a hero who can’t distinguish reality half the time. Synth is a drug able to induce hallucinations indistinguishable from reality. But it’s brand new, highly […]

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My Favorite Bit: Tom Toner talks about THE PROMISE OF THE CHILD

Tom Toner is joining us today with his novel The Promise of the Child. Here’s the publisher’s description: It is the 147th century. In the radically advanced post-human worlds of the Amaranthine Firmament, there is a contender to the Immortal throne: Aaron the Long-Life, the Pretender, a man who is not quite a man. In the […]

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