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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Meg Wolitzer and Susan Choi Read McNally Jackson Books

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Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 | 2,377 views

McNally Jackson Books hosted authors Meg Wolitzer (The Interestings) and Susan Choi (My Education) to read from their latest novels and discuss their books and writing craft. Choi and Wolitzer met for the first time that evening. Both lavished praise on the other. Wolitzer’s novel, The Interestings, traverses multiple periods in the lives of two […]

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Mitchell S. Jackson Reads The Residue Years

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Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 | 2,194 views

The Residue Years, the debut novel by Mitchell S. Jackson, has been promoted as a fictionalized account of his time growing up as a black man in predominantly white Portland, Oregon. Jackson, celebrating the launch at Greenlight Bookstore, dispels the notion that he wrote a memoir. Its purely fiction. Later he’ll explain why: “I didn’t […]

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Caleb Crain Reads McNally Jackson Books

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Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 | 4,151 views

Caleb Crain’s first novel, Necessary Errors, released last week, has received mostly high praise in book reviews. Slate went as far as calling the novel a “new model for contemporary fiction.” Lorin Stein, editor of The Paris Review, joined Caleb Crain for a reading and discussion at McNally Jackson Books. The novel follows a group […]

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Paul Yoon Reads Snow Hunters at Greenlight Bookstore

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Thursday, August 8th, 2013 | 3,497 views

Paul Yoon’s debut novel, Snow Hunters, began when he had been researching Korean history while writing his acclaimed short story collection, Once The Shores. He begins the reading by explaining that while in the process of researching a story in the collection, he came across a tidbit about Korean soldiers after the Korean conflict ended. […]

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Allison Lynn Reads Powerhouse Books

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Thursday, July 25th, 2013 | 3,332 views

The Exiles required nine years of novelist Allison Lynn, but this week her second novel went on sale and she celebrated at Powerhouse Books, along with her husband, the novelist Michael Dahlie. The novel follows the lives of Nate and Emily over the course of a three day weekend as they are exiled from New […]

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Jessica Lott Reads BookCourt

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Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 | 2,147 views

Eight years ago, on her thirtieth birthday, Jessica Lott began writing her debut novel, The Rest of Us. In the interim years she has written a novella and became an art critic and essayist. She begins reading from the opening of the novel, an obituary for Rudolf Rhinehart, the narrator’s former professor and lover. Quickly […]

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Shani Boianjiu Reads WORD

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Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 | 1,910 views

Israeli novelist Shani Boianjiu was promoting the paperback release of her acclaimed The People of Forever Are Not Afraid with a reading in Greenpoint. The novel follows the lives of teenage soldiers serving the Israel Defense Forces, a story inspired by her own compulsory time served. She wrote the novel when she was just twenty-three, […]

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Max Barry Reads Barnes and Noble

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Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 | 2,346 views

“Australians don’t read,” author Max Barry quips. Barry took to the podium at the Barnes and Noble on 86th and Lexington to read from his new novel, Lexicon, available yesterday. He is also promoting his new film, Syrup, based on his debut novel of the same name. Lexicon, his fifth novel, examines the idea of […]

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