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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Kim Fu Reads For Today I Am a Boy

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Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 | 2,594 views

Kim Fu reads For Today I Am a Boy at Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn

The Chinese-Canadian author Kim Fu read from her debut novel For Today I Am a Boy (January 2014) at Greenlight Bookstore. She was joined by Ron Hogan, founder of Beatrice.com, for conversation about the book. For Today I Am a Boy chronicles the struggle faced by the narrator and protagonist, Peter, girl born with the body of a boy. Adding to Peter’s struggle is his immigrant parents’ desire to both assimilate Canadian culture and maintain their family lineage. With three sisters, Peter lacks the brother necessary to divert her father’s intense fascination on raising a son.

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Okey Ndibe reads Foreign Gods, Inc

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Friday, January 24th, 2014 | 2,216 views

Okey Ndibe read from his second novel Foreign Gods Inc at Jefferson Market Library, published by SoHo Press

The polar vortex thrust New York City in a frigid chill this week, weather that Okey Ndibe says reminds him of the first day in the United States twenty-five years earlier. He arrived in December, 1988, on the coldest day of the year wearing only a light jacket. Ndibe came from Nigeria, a place where cold is seventy-five degrees. Nobody warned him about winter.

This month, Okey Ndibe released his second novel, Foreign Gods, Inc, fourteen years after his debut, Arrows of Rain (2000). His publisher, SoHo Press, has sent him around the country to promote the book, and hosted Ndibe at the Jefferson Market Library in the West Village.

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Chang-Rae Lee Reads On Such a Full Sea

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Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 | 1,871 views

Chang-Rae Lee reads from his new novel ON Such a Full Sea

Two decades ago, the Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers program selected Chang-Rae Lee for his 1995 novel Native Speaker, helping launch his career as a novelist. Earlier this month he released his fifth novel, On Such a Full Sea. He read from the book at the 82nd Street Barnes & Noble before answering audience questions.

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Richard Powers Reads Orfeo at McNally Jackson Books

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Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 | 2,972 views

Richard Powers reads from his new novel Orfeo at McNally Jackson Books

National Book Award winner Richard Powers read from his new novel, Orfeo, and discussed the book at McNally Jackson Books. The novel combines the past and present of protagonist Peter Els while relying heavily on music to propel the narrative, the third of Powers’s books to integrate music into the text.

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Ishmael Beah Reads Radiance of Tomorrow, with Dinaw Mengestu

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Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 | 2,326 views

Ishmael Beah reads from his new novel Radiance of Tomorrow at Greenlight Bookstore

Ishmael Beah’s previous book, the 2007 memoir A Long Way Gone, examined the life of child soldiers in Sierra Leone’s civil war. Beah’s new book, the novel Radiance of Tomorrow, explores the aftermath of war as people return to their homes and rebuild their lives. Beah read from the novel at Greenlight Bookstore where he was joined by Dinaw Mengestu in conversation. Mengestu is an Ethiopian born, American novelist. His novel, All Our Names is forthcoming in March, and is the author of three other books.

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Adam Sternbergh Reads His Debut Novel, Shovel Ready

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Friday, January 17th, 2014 | 3,269 views

Shovel Ready, the debut novel by Adam Sternbergh, is set in a future dystopian New York City featuring a trash collecting, hitman protagonist. BookCourt celebrated the release of his book by hosting Sternbergh for a reading. Sternbergh is the culture editor for the New York Times magazine and a former editor at New York Magazine.

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Rachel Cantor Reads Her Debut Novel, A Highly Unlikely Scenario, With Hannah Tinti

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Thursday, January 16th, 2014 | 4,779 views

Rachel Cantor reads from her new novel a Highly Unlikely Scenario

Rachel Cantor sends readers into a near future controlled by fast food corporations with her debut novel A Highly Unlikely Scenario: Or, A Neetsa Pizza Employee’s Guide to Saving the World. Cantor celebrated the release of the novel at Greenlight Bookstore along Hannah Tinti, co-founder and editor of the single story per issue journal One Story.

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Ben Marcus Discusses Leaving the Sea with Tobias Carroll

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Friday, January 10th, 2014 | 2,442 views

Tobias Carroll and Ben Marcus discuss Leaving the Sea, Ben Marcus's new collection of stories

Ben Marcus’s collection of stories, Leaving the Sea, was released on Tuesday. Tobias Carroll, managing editor of Vol. 1 Brooklyn, joined Marcus at Community Bookstore in Park Slope to discuss the collection.

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