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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Rachel Urquhart Reads The Visionist with Elissa Schappell

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Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 | 1,573 views

Rachel Urquhart Reads The Visionist with Elissa Schappell, co-founder and editor of Tin House at Community Bookstore in Park Slope Brooklyn

Pacifist, celibate, and highly religious, the Shakers are perhaps best remembered for their furniture. But they also possessed a fascination with the mysticism surrounding teenage girls who spoke tongues. Two of these teenage girls are the focus of Rachel Urquhart’s new novel The Visionist. She was joined by Tin House co-founder Elissa Schappell at Community Bookstore to talk about the novel and the Shaker influence.

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Gary Shteyngart and Suketu Mehta Discuss Little Failure

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Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 | 1,940 views

Gary Shteyngart and Suketu Mehta Discuss Little Failure

Super Sad True Love Story (2010) turned Gary Shteyngart into a superstar. He is now the kind of author that fills venues. In January, he released a memoir, Little Failure. He met up with his longtime friend and fellow author Suketu Mehta at New York City’s Tenement Museum to discuss the book.

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Ted Thompson reads The Land of Steady Habits

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Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 | 2,398 views

Ted Thompson reads from his debut novel The Land of Steady Habits at BookCourt in Brooklyn

What began as a short story eight years ago grew into Ted Thompson’s debut novel, The Land of Steady Habits. Thompson, a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s workshop, launched the novel at BookCourt in Brooklyn. Cupcakes were served.

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Tova Mirvis reads Visible City

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Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 | 2,144 views

Tova Mirvis reads her new, third novel, Visible City, at Barnes and Noble on the upper west side of Manhattan

Tova Mirvis returned to the Upper West Side to read from her new novel Visible City. The 82nd Street Barnes and Noble served a fitting host for the sprawling novel that unfolds in the surrounding neighborhood.

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D. Foy Reads his debut novel, Made to Break, with Sean Madigan Hoen

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Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 | 2,522 views

D Foy reads at McNally Jackson Books

D. Foy’s debut novel, Made to Break was sixteen years in the making. It is the story of five friends trapped in a mountain cabin as they explore their various failures and vicious behavior. He read from the novel at McNally Jackson and was joined in conversation by Sean Madigan Hoen. Soho Press will release Hoen’s memoir, Songs Only You Know next month. It examines his crumbling family alongside his time as an indie musician.

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Kyle Minor Discusses Praying Drunk with Jason Diamond

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Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 | 2,818 views

Kyle Minor discusses his new story collection, Praying Drunk, with Jason Diamond, editor of Vol 1 Brooklyn at Community Bookstore

Community Bookstore hosted a discussion between Kyle Minor and Vol 1 Brooklyn editor Jason Diamond. Minor’s story collection Praying Drunk (January 2014) has been more than a decade in the making and includes a novella. Diamond asked him about that and his future projects.

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Phil Klay Reads New Story Collection Redeployment

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Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 | 3,096 views

Phil Klay reading from his story collection redeployment

Marine Corps veteran Phil Klay joins the war story tradition with his new collection, Redeployment (March 2014). Powerhouse Arena hosted him and his former writing instructor, author Patrick McGrath for a conversation. Klay, who served as a Public Affairs Officer in Iraq, also holds an MFA degree from Hunter College.

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Biographer Blake Bailey Reads His Memoir, The Splendid Things We Planned, with Darin Strauss

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Friday, March 7th, 2014 | 3,392 views

Blake Bailey Reads his memoir

In his latest book, biographer Blake Bailey has turned his attention to his own life and the lives of his family with memoir, The Splendid Things We Planned (February 2014). McNally Jackson hosted Bailey for a reading along with Darin Strauss for a conversation.

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