About Ian MacAllen

Ian MacAllen is the founder of English Kills Review and Assistant Interviews Editor at The Rumpus. His writing has appeared in The Rumpus, The Billfold, Electric Cereal, Thought Catalog and io9. His internet performance art projects East Williamsburg Secession Movement and Toilets of New York have received international print and digital coverage. He holds a Master’s Degree in English from Rutgers University and lives in Brooklyn. He Tweets @ianmacallen.

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Lev Grossman Discusses The Magician’s Land with Choire Sicha

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Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 | 4,105 views

Lev Grossman reads The Magicians Land at McNally Jackson Books in Manhattan

The Magicians trilogy of books has grown into a genre-bending success for author Lev Grossman. Besides spawning a television series, the third book, The Magician’s Land, is now in paperback. Grossman discussed the book and series with Choire Sicha, coproprietor of The Awl and author of Very Recent History.

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Rebecca Dinerstein Launches The Sunlit Night with Darin Strauss

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Monday, June 8th, 2015 | 1,688 views

Rebecca Dinerstein launches her debut novel The Sunlit Night at powerhouse arena in Dumbo Brooklyn

Rebecca Dinerstein spent a year living above the arctic circle in Lofoten, Norway. Lofoten is a place of extremes. In winter, the sun barely tints the sky with light. In summer, the sun never truly sets. Dinerstein wrote her first collection of poems Lofoten while living in an artist community. That collection is written in English and then translated by Dinerstein into Norwegian. Both sets of poems appear in the collection. Her debut novel, The Sunlit Night, also finds inspiration in the endless summer days. She launched The Sunlight Night at Powerhouse Arena and talked about the book with writer Darin Strauss.

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Nell Zink Reads Mislaid

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Friday, May 22nd, 2015 | 3,514 views

Nell Zink reads from her new novel Mislaid at Community Bookstore in Brooklyn, New York

Nell Zink flutters into a room. She is mesmerizing. She exudes an energy of curiosity interested in observing and experiencing the place around her rather than the performance of reading her book. A bouquet of flowers arrives for her at the store. She says they are from a friend who she has not seen since 1989, a florist in Florida now. Their arrival is symptomatic of the life of Nell Zink; she collects people on a journey that seems forever incomplete.

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Jabari Asim Reads Only the Strong With Mike Sacks

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Monday, May 18th, 2015 | 1,885 views

Jabari Asim reads from his new novel Only the Strong

Jabari Asim might have been better known as a journalist and author of essential nonfiction works like his social history the N Word. He has always considered himself a fiction writer though, and now he has released a novel Only the Strong. He spoke about the new book at Powerhouse Arena with Mike Sacks, Asim’s former colleague at the Washington Post and a magazine editor.

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Scott Alexander Hess Reads The Butcher’s Sons

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Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 | 2,232 views

Alexander Scott Hess, author of The Butcher's Sons

Scott Alexander Hess celebrated his latest novel, The Butcher’s Sons, last week at Boxers NYC, a rooftop bar in Hell’s Kitchen. Set in that neighborhood in the 1930’s, The Butcher’s Sons follows three Irish brothers. Hess was joined for conversation by Joseph Salvatore, editor at The Brooklyn Rail.

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Viet Thanh Nguyen Discusses The Sympathizer with Editor Peter Blackstock

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Monday, May 11th, 2015 | 2,322 views

Viet Thanh Nguyen reads from his debut novel at Greenlight bookstore in Brooklyn

A self-described hipster, Viet Thanh Nguyen is a full-time Associate Professor at USC. He wrote his debut novel, The Sympathizer, during a two year sabbatical. He read from the novel at Greenlight discussing the book with his editor Peter Blackstock.

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Lydia Davis Talks With Lynne Tillman

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Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 | 2,013 views

Lydia Davis Talks With Lynne Tillman

An overflowing crowded showed up at McNally Jackson Books to listen to the two authors read and discuss their work. Davis read new stories and selections from the collection Can’t and Won’t, now in paperback. Tillman, who’s latest book is the collection of essays, What Would Lynne Tillman Do?, read selected short stories, including one written for Gigantic Magazine.

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Angela Flournoy Reads Debut Novel The Turner House

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Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 | 1,797 views

Angela Flournoy reads from The Turner House at McNally Jackson Books in Manhattan

Thirteen children were raised in the Turner’s Detroit home. The decline of the city has meant that the house is worth less than its mortgage and as the aging family matriarch is forced to leave and her children must decide the fate of the house they grew up in. The Turner House is Angela Flournoy’s debut novel, a family epic. She read from the book and discussed it at McNally Jackson with Ayana Mathis, author of The Twelve Tribes Of Hattie.

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