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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Nell Zink Reads Debut The Wallcreeper with Jonathan Franzen

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Monday, October 20th, 2014 | 4,530 views

Nell Zink reads from her new book The Wallcreepr

Four years ago, Nell Zink wrote an email to Jonathan Franzen. Franzen responded, and soon they found themselves enthralled with a long distance email correspondence. Franzen is the reason Nell Zink is at McNally Jackson Books releasing her debut novel. He convinced her to turn her writings into a manuscript, The Wallcreepers, and to try and have it published.

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Cristina Moracho Reads Althea & Oliver

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Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 | 2,470 views

cristina MOracho reads from her debut novel Althea and Oliver

Cristina Moracho’s debut novel Althea & Oliver, portrays the effects of Kleine-Levine Syndrome, a rare sleep disorder that causes long term periods of sleepiness and childlike mental acuity. Teenager Oliver finds himself struggling with the disease and Althea, his friend from the age of six, has to grapple with the results. Moracho was joined at McNally Jackson with her editor Sharyn November for conversation.

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Martin Amis Reads The Zone of Interest

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Monday, October 6th, 2014 | 1,920 views

Martin Amis Reads The Zone of Interest at BookCourt in Brooklyn

“Novels begin not as an idea or thesis but with an image,” Martin Amis begins the evening. He read from his latest novel, The Zone of Interest (August 2014) at what has become his neighborhood bookstore, BookCourt. “You can’t in good conscious start a novel without it,” he adds. In the case of The Zone of Interest, the image is of the horror of German death camps.

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Donal Ryan reads The Thing About December

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Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 | 1,915 views

Donal Ryan Reads The Thing About December at community Bookstore in Park slope Brooklyn

Donal Ryan’s latest novel, The Thing About December examines a year in the life of Johnsey Cunliffe, a country boy who inherits the family farm while the Celtic Tiger infects a sense of greed across the Irish countryside. In Ryan’s first novel, The Spinning Heart, he explores the collapse of the Irish economy in a small village. He read both books at Community Boookstore in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and discussed his rise as an author of recession literature.

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Luke Goebel Discusses Fourteen Stories, None of Them Are Yours with Tobias Carroll

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Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 | 3,138 views

Luke Goebel and Tobias Carroll discuss Fourteen Stories, None of Them Yours, Goebel's debut novel, at Greenlight bookstore in Brooklyn

Luke Goebel’s debut novel, Fourteen Stories, None of Them Are Yours, actually only contains thirteen stories. A poetic explanation might simply be that the fourteenth story is the one created when the individual parts come together as a amalgamated narrative, but Goebel confesses that he just “fucked up.” He liked the mistake though, and kept the title, explaining the title to Tobias Carroll, editor of Vol 1 Brooklyn. Greenlight Bookstore hosted the pair, in conjunction with Franklin Park Reading Series’s curator Penina Roth, on Monday for a reading and discussion.

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21st Century Narrators at the Brooklyn Book Festival

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Monday, September 22nd, 2014 | 3,727 views

21st Century narrators panel at the Brooklyn Book Festival moderated by Christian Lorentzen, with Elif Batuman, Ben Lerner, Christine Smallwood, Lorin Stein

The London Review of Books hosted a panel on 21st Century Narrators at the Brooklyn Book Festival. LRB senior editor Christian Lorentzen moderated Elif Batuman, Ben Lerner, Christine Smallwood, and Lorin Stein in a discussion. Batuman is a non-fiction writer who regularly contributes to The New Yorker and author of The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them. Lerner is the author of the novels Leaving the Atocha Station and 10:04. Christine Smallwood is a columnist for Harper’s Magazine and Lorin Stein is the editor of Paris Review.

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Steve Almond talks Against Football with Stephen Elliott

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Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 | 2,629 views

Steve Almond reading from Against Football, his memoir / manifesto / examination of the sport he loved but can't watch. He read at The Strand in Manhattan alongside Stephen Elliott of the Rumpus

As concerns over the football industry’s head traumas continue to rise, author Steve Almond has released a personal, moral examination of the sport implications for himself as a fan. Spoiler: he gave up watching. Against Football, described as a manifesto, explores Almond’s evolving views on the sport from the way players are treated to the message the game sends to viewers. He was joined at The Strand by Stephen Elliott, founder of The Rumpus, to discuss the book and the sport.

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René Steinke reads Friendswood

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Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 | 4,236 views

René Steinke reads from Friendship at Bookcourt in brookly

René Steinke read from her third novel, Friendswood (August 2014), for the Brooklyn launch of the novel. Minna Proctor, the editor of The Literary Review, introduced Steinke. Friendswood pans the perspectives of four primary characters in a small Texas town, Friendswood, as a toxic waste leak sickens local residents.

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