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8/15/12: David Plick interviews Mark at length in down & out magazine!

6/18/12: Reading/Colloquia: NYU Creative Writing Program's WRITERS IN NEW YORK 2012 at Lillian Vernon House!

4/2/12: SHOW UP is a finalist for the general fiction category of the ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award. Winner to be announced in June.

3/1/12: Mark reads with Bonnie Jo Campbell, Dan Chaon, and Rebecca Makkai at AWP Conference in Chicago.

2/24/12: Mark wins Jenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award.

2/23/12: Abby Frucht endorses SHOW UP.

2/7/12: Book Club Q&A at the Field Library in Peekskill.

2/1/12: Seton Hall University hosts Mark as its Distinguished Lecturer.

1/18/12: Sunday Salon in NYC honors Mark, Terese Svoboda, and Jessica Keener.

1/10/12: SHOW UP's book trailer now viewed by 1,000 people—and counting!

12/13/11: Mark invited to read in the NYU Creative Writing Program's Writers in New York colloquia.

12/12/11: Mark will read from SHOW UP at January's Sunday Salon in Manhattan.

12/5/11: Reviewer Nick Ripatrazone praises SHOW UP and compares Mark to early Thomas McGuane.

12/3/11: Excerpts and cover art from SHOW UP featured in Peekskill library's Art + Word exhibit.

12/1/11: Actor Haley Channing kills with performance from SHOW UP at SWEET in Manhattan.

11/28/11: Big crowd, great reading at Prairie Lights in Iowa City.

11/27/11: SHOW UP is a Boswell Books #1 best seller.

11/24/11: A great piece about Mark and SHOW UP in the New York Journal News.

11/23/11: Mark interviewed on Milwaukee's NPR station.

11/22/11: SHOW UP inspires Free People fashion collection.

11/15/11: Reviewer Amy Henry endorses SHOW UP with an insightful review!

11/7/11: French publisher interested in bringing out SHOW UP in translation. Mark has an agent in Paris!

11/2/11: Seton Hall University chooses Mark to be a Distinguished Lecturer in 2012.

11/1/11: Chance Solem-Pfeifer interviews Mark about SHOW UP's narrative voice and structure.

10/24/11: Show Up now available in Kindle and Nook!

10/22/11: Launch party a great success! Thanks to everyone who showed up! Check out a few photos here (these thanks to photographer Jessi Brookes).

10/21/11: Launch Party for SHOW UP at KGB Bar in Manhattan.

10/14/11: Charles Rammelkamp's review compares Show Up to BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY and THE CATCHER IN THE RYE.

10/12/11: BLIP Magazine editor Meg Pokrass posts an interview of Mark.

10/7/11: Show Up is published and available on Amazon.

9/24/11: Kirkus calls Show Up "one smart hoot" and likens it to SEINFELD.

9/19/11: The Iowa Review says Show Up's narration "offers a fine mix of arresting humor and keen lucidity, and generously so."

9/12/11: Psychology Today blogger Susan K. Perry, Ph.D. calls Show Up "a fine and quirky novel" and "a darkly funny page-turner"—and interviews Mark about why Show Up has a female narrator.

9/11/11: John Lehman in Rosebud Book Reviews says, "This book reminds me of Catcher in the Rye."

9/8/11: Show Up's trailer posted—featuring "Eyes Upon the Skyline," original song by Joe Duraes.

9/1/11: Show Up is Rumpus Book Club Pick for September.


Early news:

“Wisniewski: a riotously original voice.”
—Jonathan Lethem

“This novel about a thirty-something woman who travels from Kankakee, Illinois, to New York to ‘make it’ deepens in unexpected and moving ways. Wisniewski ventriloquizes with perfect pitch his female narrator, who has a real talent for getting into trouble. Show Up, Look Good is funny, dark, poignant, and unsettling.”
—Kelly Cherry, author of We Can Still Be Friends

“With equal parts rue and satire, Mark Wisniewski’s thirty-four-year-old Midwestern heroine, Michelle, flees love gone wrong at home to start over with nerve and independence in Manhattan. Her picaresque misadventures and her encounters with characters odd, pretentious, and menacing prove as haunting as Holden Caulfield’s.”
—DeWitt Henry, author of Sweet Dreams, founding editor of Ploughshares

“Forget My Sister Eileen. With wit and insight, Wisniewski shows what really happens when a resourceful, optimistic, upbeat young woman from the Midwest comes to Manhattan to make it.”
—Molly Giles, author of Rough Translations, winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction

Show Up, Look Good is a rare, gleaming gem: as soon as I turned the final page, I felt bereft because I didn’t want it to end. Wisniewski has a poet’s heart, a jester’s wit, and a comedian’s dead-on timing. This is a novel to savor.”
—Christine Sneed, author of Portraits of a Few People I’ve Made Cry, winner of The Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction

“Mark Wisniewski’s prose is incisive and crisp, bracing and in the best sense destructive, like a straight shot of excellent gin. Part Carson McCullers, part Truman Capote, part Elmore Leonard, Show Up, Look Good is ultimately a highly original, entertaining, and disturbing read, accurate but precisely off-center. Just when you think you know how it moves, it proves you wrong, and you’re delighted: Wisniewski is that crafty a craftsman, that intelligent a writer.” —T. R. Hummer, author of Walt Whitman in Hell

Show Up, Look Good made me laugh out loud at both Wisniewski’s sharp wit and the narrator’s propensity for making the mess of her life messier. It’s a page-turner, a thrill, and a dark love song to New York City. What a terrific novel.”
—Diana Spechler, author of Who By Fire and Skinny

Show Up, Look Good is a rollicking, laugh-out-loud romp of a novel, a picaresque spin through fin-de-siecle New York as seen through the eyes of its intrepid, Midwestern-born heroine. Love, loneliness, roommates from hell, hipsters, the mob, and murder all play starring roles in this delightful book, and Wisniewski does justice to them all.”
—Ben Fountain, author of Brief Encounters with Che Guevara

“There’s good writing, and then there’s kick-ass writing, and Mark Wisniewski’s storytelling is absolutely kickass. I wanted to jump up and down.”
—Katherine Center, author of Everyone Is Beautiful and Bright Side of Disaster

“In Show Up, Look Good Mark Wisniewski demonstrates again why he is one of the most versatile, entertaining, and accomplished writers of his generation.” —Richard Burgin, author of Rivers Last Longer and The Identity Club: New and Selected Stories and Editor, Boulevard