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: Yves Meynard talks about ANGELS & EXILES

Yves Meynard is joining us today with his book Angels & Exiles. Here’s the publisher’s description. “We dream of angels, black as space, and wish they could return from the future to warn us of the dark years ahead. We who have forgotten our origin, exiles in a land we may have shaped with our own hands; […]

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MRK’s dairy-free faux parmesan recipe

So… You have a friend coming over who can’t do dairy, and you want to serve something that calls for Parmesan cheese. Here’s my faux parmesan recipe. 1 Tbl miso 1 Tbl olive oil 4 Tbl pinenuts 2 Tbl pecans (If you have a friend who is allergic to tree nuts, roasted sunflower seeds work) 1/4 […]

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My Favorite Bit: Abra SW talks about A CIRCUS OF BRASS AND BONE

Abra SW is joining us today with her novel A Circus of Brass and Bone. Here’s the publisher’s description. It’s the end of civilization, but the show must go on. The Loyale Traveling Circus and Menagerie is in turmoil. During their ocean voyage from British India to Boston, someone murdered their ringmaster. The killer must be […]

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My Favorite Bit: Leanna Renee Hieber talks about THE ETERNA FILES

Leanna Renee Hieber is joining us today with her novel The Eterna Files. Here’s the publisher’s description. Welcome to The Eterna Files, written by Leanna Renee Hieber, “the brightest new star in literature”(True-Blood.net) London, 1882: Queen Victoria appoints Harold Spire of the Metropolitan Police to Special Branch Division Omega. Omega is to secretly investigate paranormal and […]

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My Favorite Bit: Robert Levy talks about THE GLITTERING WORLD

Robert Levy is joining us today with his novel The Glittering World. Here’s the publisher’s description. In the tradition of Neil Gaiman (The Ocean at the End of the Lane), Scott Smith (The Ruins), and Jason Mott (The Returned), award-winning playwright Robert Levy spins a dark tale of alienation and belonging, the familiar and the surreal, […]

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