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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Jabari Asim Reads Only the Strong With Mike Sacks

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Monday, May 18th, 2015 | 2,389 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 | 2,810 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 | 3,110 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 | 2,513 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 | 2,340 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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Emily Schultz Reads The Blondes

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Monday, April 27th, 2015 | 1,869 views

Emily Schultz reads from her new novel The Blondes

Blonde women become the conveyers of a rabies-like illness in the latest novel by Emily Schultz, The Blondes. Told from the perspective of red headed Hazel speaking her yet unborn child, the novel unfolds over the course of several months as infected blondes violently attack people. Schultz discussed the novel at BookCourt in Brooklyn with Julia Fierro, author of Cutting Teeth.

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Chigozie Obioma Reads Debut Novel The Fishermen

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Friday, April 24th, 2015 | 2,900 views

Chigozie Obioma reads from the Fishermen, his debut novel about four boys

Chigozie Obioma has written biblical parable in his debut novel The Fishermen. The book explores the relationships of four brothers. He read from The Fishermen at WORD Jersey City and wss joined in conversation by Nana-Ama Kyerematen, founder of the website AfriDiaspora.

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Cecily Wong Reads Debut Novel Diamond Head

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Monday, April 20th, 2015 | 2,293 views

Cecily Wong reads Diamond Head, her debut novel about a Chinese - Hawaiian family, with Julia Fierro, author of Cutting Teeth and founder of Sackett Street Writers Workshop. BookCourt, Brooklyn

Fate is at the center of Cecily Wong’s debut novel Diamond Head, an epic story spanning generations of a Sino-Hawaiian family. Wong celebrated the release of the novel at BookCourt with novelist and Sackett Street Writers Workshop founder Julia Fierro.

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