GBBP 144: Mary Robinette Kowal


The Great Big Beautiful Podcast, Episode 144: Mary Robinette Kowal

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This week, we’re chatting with the incomparable Mary Robinette Kowal. Kowal is a (multiple) Hugo Award-winning novelist who is perhaps best known for the Glamourist Histories series of books, which is probably best described as “Jane Austen with magic.” That series began with Shades of Milk and Honey and continued through a total of five books. But Kowal hasn’t run out of things to say. Last year saw the release of Ghost Talkers, and she’s got even more on the horizon.

In addition to writing, Kowal is an accomplished puppeteer who’s been working in the business since 1989 and has appeared on Lazy Town and Sesame Street, to name just two.

She’s also just a downright awesome human being, and I’ve been privileged to cross paths with her twice: on last year’s JoCo Cruise and a recent NASA Social event at Kennedy Space Center!

On this episode, we chat about her career, how the Hugo affected her career, what draws her to writing about the Regency era, puppetry, and manual typewriters! Buckle up, and keep your hands inside the car at all times.


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Jamie is a publishing/book nerd who makes a living by wrangling words together into some sense of coherence. When he's not knee deep in a convoluted grammatical mess of a sentence, he's likely on an adventure with his two adorable ragamuffins. You can check out more of his ramblings on The Roarbots, StarWars.com, and Babble.