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Where puppets and sci-fi collide

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 12:24 p.m. CDT
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Award-winning author and puppeteer Mary Robinette Kowal will lead a discussion at Northern Illinois University Oct. 4. Photo copyright Annaliese Moyer, 2010.

DeKALB – The Friends of NIU Libraries group invites the public to attend a presentation by Hugo Award-winning author Mary Robinette Kowal, a novelist and professional puppeteer.

Kowal will discuss “the intersection of puppetry and science fiction” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, in the staff lounge on the lower level of Founders Memorial Library.

A Chicago native, Kowal is the author of “Shades of Milk and Honey." 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, and her stories have appeared in several Year’s Best anthologies as well as in her collection “Scenting the Dark and Other Stories” from Subterranean Press.

As a professional puppeteer and voice actor, Kowal has performed for “LazyTown," the Center for Puppetry Arts and Jim Henson Pictures. She also 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.

Kowal’s presentation is free and open to the public. Free parking is available after 7 p.m. in the Visitor’s Parking Lot located on Carroll Avenue,  just west of Founders Memorial Library. A campus map is available online.

Call 815-753-8091 for more information.

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