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NIU Library to host author, puppeteer

The Friends of the Northern Illinois Univsersity Libraries will hold a program, “The Intersection of Puppetry and Science-fiction,” with Mary Robinette Kowal at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Staff Lounge of Founders Memorial Library, Lower Level.

Come for a discussion of storytelling methods in two mediums, including a puppetry demonstration.

Kowal is the author of “Shades of Milk and Honey” (Tor 2010). In 2008, she won the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and in 2011, her short story “For Want of a Nail” won the Hugo Award for Short Story. Her work has been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards. 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.”

Kowal, a professional puppeteer and voice actor, 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. She also records fiction for authors such as Kage Baker, Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi.

She lives in Chicago with her husband, Rob, and more than a dozen manual typewriters. For more information, visit www.maryrobinettekowal.com. This event is free and open to the public.

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