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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Susan Daitch Discusses The Lost Civilization of Solucidir with Emily Barton

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Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016 | 995 views

Susan Daitch and Emily Barton discuss their novels at McNally Jackson Books

The latest novels by Susan Daitch and Emily Barton both feature fictitious nations. Barton’s The Book of Esther supposes the existence of a Jewish state in Eastern Europe. Daitch’s novel, The Lost Civilization of Solucidir, follows the search for the the ruins of a fabled middle eastern city. Both women were at McNally Jackson Books to discuss their novels.

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Alejandro Zambra Discussed Multiple Choice with John Wray

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Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 | 1,629 views

Alejandro Zambra reads MULTIPLE CHOICE at McNally Jackson Books

Alejandro Zambra was at McNally Jackson Books to discuss his latest work, Multiple Choice, a narrative written as a multiple choice exam mirroring the same test administered to young people in Chile seeking college admission. He was joined by the novelist John Wray, author of the The Lost Time Accidents.

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Patrick Ryan Discusses The Dream Life of Astronauts with Hannah Tinti

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Thursday, July 21st, 2016 | 1,307 views

Hannah Tinti talks with Patrick Ryan about THE DREAM LIFE OF ASTRONAUTS his new story collection at McNally Jackson Books

Patrick Ryan was at McNally Jackson to discuss his new story collection The Dream Life of Astronauts. He was joined by OneStory founder Hannah Tinti.

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Bob Proehl Talks with Ryan Britt about A Hundred Thousand Worlds

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Monday, July 18th, 2016 | 1,417 views

Bob Proehl reading at Greenlight Bookstore

Bob Proehl enters into the world of comic book and science fiction fandom in his debut novel A Hundred Thousand Worlds. He was joined at Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn to talk about the novel, super fans, and comic books by Ryan Britt, author of Luke Skywalker Can’t Read and Other Geeky Truths.

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Jesse Ball Faces Isaac Fitzgerald in Epic Backgammon Match

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Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 | 1,643 views

Jesse Ball, author of HOW TO SET A FIRE AND WHY reads at BookCourt in Brooklyn

Backgammon boards were set up throughout BookCourt, the Brooklyn bookstore more commonly known for hosting literary events than board game bouts. But Jesse Ball, author motr than a dozen other books, was set to face off against Isaac Fitzgerald, Buzzfeed Books editor, while discussing his latest novel How to Set a Fire and Why.

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Emma Cline talks with Alexandra Kleeman about The Girls

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Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 | 1,823 views

Alexandra Kleeman talks with Emma Cline about THE GIRLS, cline's debut novel, at BookCourt, in Brooklyn

Emma Cline’s debut novel The Girls examines female friendship in a 1960s cult commune modeled on the Manson compound. She was at BookCourt to discuss the novel with Alexandra Kleeman, author of You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine.

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C.E. Morgan Discussed The Sport of Kings with Lisa Lucas

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Tuesday, June 21st, 2016 | 2,213 views

CE Morgan and Lisa Lucas discuss THE SPORT OF KINGS at Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn

C.E. Morgan’s first novel, All the Living earned her a Pen Award nomination and a “5 Under 35” award. She was at Greenlight Bookstore to discuss The Sport of Kings, her second novel, with Lisa Lucas, executive director of the National Book Foundation.

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Reading Series Census: Risk of Discovery

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Friday, June 17th, 2016 | 2,678 views

The New York City Reading Series Census is an ongoing project to catalogue the contemporary literary scene. Any reading series curator in the New York area can take the survey here.

What is the name of the series, and what is the significance or meaning of the series name?
The name of the series was inspired by the words from the poet Yusef Komunyakaa speaking to the creation of new writing. In an interview and essays he addresses how taking risks brings surprises in ones’ writing that are like discoveries. I had a list of names and my wife helped me select this one.

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