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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Dolan Morgan Launches That’s When the Knives Come Down with B.C. Edwards and Chelsea Hodson

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Thursday, September 4th, 2014 | 3,071 views

Dolan Morgan launched his debut collection of short stories That’s When the Knives Come Down at WORD bookstore in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Joining him were B.C. Edwards and Chelsea Hodson. He gave out plastic knives to the crowd–a nod to the title of the collection–and brought with him vodka infused with the pages of his novel.

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Justin Taylor and Jess Row Talk About Place

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Thursday, August 28th, 2014 | 3,728 views

Justin Taylor and Jess Row talk about place in writing at Housing Works Bookstore in Manhattan, New York

Justin Taylor’s new collection of stories, Flings, traverses the globe with disconnected characters. Jess Row’s new novel, Your Face in Mine follows the story of Kelly Thorndike’s return to his hometown of Baltimore where he meets a former childhood friend who has undergone racial reassignment surgery, becoming a black man. The two met up at Housing Works to talk about the construction of place and setting in fiction.

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Vanessa Manko reads The Invention of Exile with Salman Rushdie

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Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 | 2,656 views

Vanessa Manko and Salman Rushdie discuss her debut novel, the invention of Exile at Powerhouse books in Brooklyn

Vanessa Manko’s debut novel, The Invention of Exile, explores the life of a man in exile. Russian national Austin Voronkov is deported from the United States during the first red scare and spends a lifetime trying to return. Manko launched the book, with help from H.I.P. Lit, at Powerhouse Arena, discussing the novel and what it means to be American with Salman Rushdie.

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Matthew Thomas Reads We Are Not Ourselves

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Thursday, August 21st, 2014 | 2,066 views

Matthew Thomas reads We Are Not Ourselves

Matthew Thomas read from his debut novel We Are Not Ourselves, an family novel based around Irish immigrants in New York City, at BookCourt in Brooklyn. Thomas was born in the Bronx and raised in Queens, but he says his grandmother lived in an apartment in Brooklyn not far from BookCourt until the 1990s. Then she paid, he estimated, a mere $170 a month. In college at the time, he had begged his family to hold onto the apartment. Now he figures the apartment is probably closer to $4,000. “Brooklyn is so different in general,” he muses.

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Mark Chiusano Reads Marine Park with Dave Daley

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Thursday, August 7th, 2014 | 2,919 views

Mark Chiusano and Dave Daley discuss the story collection Marine Park

Mark Chiusano’s debut collection of stories, Marine Park, chronicles the lives of the often overlooked Brooklyn neighborhood by the same name. The characters populating Chiusano’s world sometimes leave, but in the end, all are tied to the place. Salon editor Dave Daley joined Chiusano at McNally Jackson Books for a discussion of the collection, the neighborhood, and Brooklyn.

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Marie-Helene Bertino Launches 2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas

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Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 | 2,168 views

Marie-Helen Bertino launched her debut novel,2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas last night at Greenlight Bookstore

Marie-Helene Bertino launched her debut novel, 2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas last night at Greenlight Bookstore. Vintage jazz band Lapis Luna began the evening setting the mood for Bertino’s novel that takes place in The Cat’s Pajama’s, a Philadelphia jazz club. Bertino, who previously published the short story collection Safe as Houses (2012), celebrated the novel’s launch with a reading that included a dozen guest readers each sharing a portion of the opening chapter.

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Paul Rome and Catherine Lacey Talk With Mark Doten

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Friday, August 1st, 2014 | 2,407 views

Paul Rome reads form his debut novel we all sleep in the same room along with Catherine Lacey, author of Nobody is Ever Missing, at McNally Jackson Books in Manhattan with Soho Press editor Mark Doten

Paul Rome’s debut novel We All Sleep In The Same Room captures emotional chilliness of two people distanced from each other by the grinding banality of their lives raising a son in a single bedroom apartment. Catherine Lacey’s Nobody is Ever Missing explores similar emotional distance, though in the case of her narrator, the distance is also a physical one; Elyria taking flight to New Zealand. Both authors sat down at McNally Jackson with Soho Press editor Mark Doten for a conversation about their books.

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Edan Lepucki, Emma Straub and Literary Friendship

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Thursday, July 24th, 2014 | 2,986 views

Edan Lepucki and Emma Straub talk about friendship and writing; both released novels this year. California hit no 3 on the NYTimes bestseller list and The Vacationers has sold more than 100,000 copies

Edan Lepucki and Emma Straub have been friends since they attended Oberlin College together. Both women released novels this year, and McNally Jackson hosted them to talk about their books and friendship in the literary world. David Gutowksi introduced the writers.

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