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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Tom Rachman Reads The Rise & Fall of Great Powers

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Friday, June 20th, 2014 | 2,421 views

Tom Rachman reads from his new novel, The Rise and Fall of Great Powers, at Greenlight bookstore in Brooklyn

Tom Rachman began his career as a journalist, but his true desire was always to write fiction. His debut novel, The Imperfectionists (2010), perhaps unsurprisingly, told the story of decline of a once great newspaper. The Rise & Fall of Great Powers shifts settings from a newspaper office to a bookstore, another cultural spaced threatened by modernity.Rachman read from the new novel at Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn and discussed it with his Random House editor, Susan Kamil.

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Megan Abbott Launches The Fever

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Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 | 2,128 views

Megan Abbott reads her new novel, The Fever, at BookCourt in Brooklyn

Megan Abbott launched her latest novel, The Fever, at BookCourt in Brooklyn. The Fever follows the close-nit Nash family in a rural town afflicted by a mysterious illness infecting teenage girls.

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Boris Fishman reads A Replacement Life

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Friday, June 13th, 2014 | 2,820 views

Boris Fishman reads from his debut novel A Replacement Life at the Upper West Side Barnes and Noble in Manhattan

Boris Fishman’s A Replacement Life (June 2014) merges an immigrant narrative with a political caper as a group of eastern Europeans settling in New York City defraud the German government of holocaust reparations.

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Bret Anthony Johnston Reads Remember Me Like This

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Thursday, June 12th, 2014 | 3,237 views

Bret Anthony Johnston, left, and Boris Fishman, discusses their novels at Barnes and Noble in Manhattan. They are part of the Discover Great New Writers program

Remember Me LIke This (May 2014) is Bret Anthony Johnston’s debut about a boy in south Texas who disappears only to be found unharmed some time later, but his happy reunion exposes the fractures and wounds of his family. Skateboarding plays a significant role in the novel as it does in his life, and Johnston showed up at the event with a skateboard painted with the book’s cover on it, special edition board produced by a friend of his. He raffled the board to the audience.

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Cristina Henríquez Discusses The Book of Unknown Americans

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Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 | 3,437 views

Cristina Henríquez and editor Robin Desser discuss The Book of Unknown Americans at McNally Jackson books in Manhattan

Cristina Henríquez’s latest book, The Book of Unknown Americans (June 2014), focuses on the lives of a group of immigrants residing in Newark, Delaware. A cast of eleven voices comes together from various Central American nations as they acclimate to life in the United States, some legally, some with more questionable circumstances. She was joined at McNally Jackson by her editor Robin Desser for a conversation about the book.

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Rivka Galchen and Rebecca Curtis Talk Short Stories With Willing Davidson

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Friday, May 30th, 2014 | 3,506 views

Rivka Galchen and Willing Davidson talk about short stories at McNally Jackson Books in Manhattan

In 2010, The New Yorker named Rivka Galchen one of their 20 under 40 following the publication of her 2008 novel, Atmospheric Disturbances. She read from her new collection of stories, American Innovations (May 2014) at McNally Jackson. Rebecca Curtis joined Galchen to discuss short stories, inspiration, and process with New Yorker editor Willing Davidson.

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Amy Rowland Launches The Transcriptionist

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Thursday, May 29th, 2014 | 1,940 views

Amy Rowland reads from the Transcriptionist at Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn

Amy Rowland once worked in a newspaper transcription office, a job since automated. But her time listening to dictated stories and interviews left her thinking about language and inspired her debut novel, The Transcriptionist. She read from the book at Powerhouse Arena.

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Porochista Khakpour Reads The Last Illusion with Alexander Chee

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Friday, May 23rd, 2014 | 2,252 views

Porochista Khakpour Reads The Last Illusion with Alexander Chee at McNally Jackson Books in Manhattan

Porochista Khakpour released her second novel, The Last Illusion, earlier this month. The Iranian born, New York City based novelist was joined by Alexander Chee at McNally Jackson to discuss the book.

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