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There's no way to make this pretty. Thirty years ago today—Monday, February 23, 1987—I was arrested at Calgary International Airport, by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. (Disappointingly, no horses were involved.) I had not awakened that day planning to commit a crime. I ended the day in jail.

Perhaps tempting fate, I began my celebration today debarking from an international flight in Reykjavík, Iceland. (The flight had landed without incident.) I am now writing this post on a patio at the Blue Lagoon spa, having just spent an hour drifting around the hot-spring-fed pool with my wife, sometimes with silica mud or algae on our faces. It just started to snow.

You, on the other hand, can celebrate with me by picking up a copy of my memoir, The Accidental Terrorist, which explains what happened before, during, and after that fateful arrest. All ebook versions are on sale for only 99 cents! Prices are slashed on signed print editions too!

Share the gospel. Tell your friends. Happy anniversary, wherever you are.

Calgary Herald: Bomb threat sends crews into action - click to view - mousewheel to zoom



Crossposted from Inhuman Swill
Cast your mind back 30 years from today, to Sunday, February 22, 1987. This smiling 19-year-old Mormon missionary is not nearly as happy as he might look on the outside. But even so, he doesn't have the first clue how drastically his life is about to change.

But tomorrow, he'll find out. Stay tuned.

Elder Shunn with books
Elder Shunn at 19



Crossposted from Inhuman Swill


Barbara Krasnoff has sold over thirty pieces of short fiction to a wide variety of publications and is working on a novel. Most recently, her story "Sabbath Wine," which has been nominated for the Nebula Award, appeared in the the anthology Clockwork Phoenix 5, while "The Ladder-Back Chair" will be in the spring issue of Mystic Delirium. Barbara is also the author of a YA non-fiction book, Robots: Reel to Real, and is currently Senior Reviews Editor for Computerworld. She is a member of the NYC writers group Tabula Rasa, and lives in Brooklyn. Her website is BrooklynWriter.com.



Please join Barbara and all our outstanding readers for Line Break #5, Saturday, March 4, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!




Crossposted from Line Break

Meet our readers: Emily Alta Hockaday



Emily Alta Hockaday is author of Ophelia: A Botanist's Guide, What We Love & Will Not Give Up, and Starting a Life. Her work has appeared in the North American Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Amazon's Day One, and Newtown Literary, among other publications. She can be found on the web at www.emilyhockaday.com and @E_Hockaday.



Please join Emily and all our amazing readers for Line Break #5, Saturday, March 4, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!




Crossposted from Line Break

Poem: Saturday morning in Astoria, Queens

Nail salon workers
Lined up in a row of five
Taking a selfie


Crossposted from Inhuman Swill

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The Monarch Papers by CJ Bernstein
Every so often, we at Line Break like to shine a spotlight on new projects by our past readers. Boy oh boy, do we have a great one for you today!

CJ Bernstein wowed our audiences twice last year with a fairy tale steeped in the mythology of the world of The Monarch Papers, the interactive mystery/fantasy novel on which he was hard at work at the time.

Now, nearly a year later, The Monarch Papers is live and underway. It's a beautiful, complex, immersive project that defies description, so we'll just borrow this description from Mr. Bernstein himself:

The Monarch Papers is a completely free interactive literary experience. Part novel, part game, you are the missing piece in a puzzle that’s remained unsolved for a thousand years.

This is not just a story you read. You participate in it directly, through social media and blogs. You solve puzzles, you collaborate with other players, interact with the characters, and even influence the direction of the story. Best of all, it's not too late to start playing!

The Monarch Papers is 100% free, though if you feel so moved, you can support the project via Patreon. But whether you do or not, we hope you'll start reading and playing today. It's truly an experience like no other.





Crossposted from Line Break

Line Break #5: Saturday, March 4, 2017



Line Break is here again! It's the eclectic monthly live literary magazine where poetry meets prose, fact meets fiction, and high-brow meets low-brow, at fabulous Q.E.D. in Astoria, Queens.



At every show, live-lit veteran William Shunn brings a wild assortment of writers together on one stage. Don't miss our terrific March 4 lineup, featuring:</p>



No rules, no themes—just the best writers in town. Line Break—it's the start of a new thought. Don't miss it!






Line Break Reading Series

Saturday, March 4, 2017, 3:00-4:30 p.m.

Hosted by William Shunn



Q.E.D. - A Place to Show & Tell

27-16 23rd Avenue

Astoria, NY 11105



Admission $7. Beer, wine and snacks available.

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/145378139303894/



Q.E.D. is a short trip from Manhattan on the N train to Queens. Just stay on all the way to
Astoria–Ditmars Blvd at the end of the line, and walk a couple of blocks
west
on 23rd Avenue. (The W train does not run on weekends.)


Line Break #5



Crossposted from Line Break
Oscar Sanders reads at Line Break #4
A yuuuge thank you to everyone who turned out for our fourth regular episode of Line Break on Saturday, at beautiful Q.E.D. in Astoria, Queens. Just by showing up and giving us the gift of your attention, you helped make the afternoon bigger and better and fiercer than it would have been without you.

We also need to send out big thanks to participants Jacob M. Appel, Sydney Beveridge, Richard Jeffrey Newman, Oscar Sanders and Sarah Riccio for their varied but uniformly excellent readings. And thanks to Q.E.D. for giving us the space and an opportunity to use it.

If you couldn't make it out on Saturday, please mark your calendar for Saturday, March 4, when we'll we back with our fifth issue, featuring poet Emily Alta Hockaday, fantasist Andrew Willett, and more!

So sign up for our mailing list and keep abreast of all the latest developments in the Line Break world. And finally, if you're interested in participating in a future Line Break, do send us a submission.

We look forward to seeing you again in March! Until then please check out all the terrific shows and events at Q.E.D. There is something amazing happening there literally every day.

Jacob M. Appel reads at Line Break #4
Sydney Beveridge reads at Line Break #4
Richard Jeffrey Newman reads at Line Break #4
Sarah Riccio reads at Line Break #4



Crossposted from Line Break

Reminder: Line Break #4 is today!

Just a reminder that Line Break, the eclectic monthly live literary magazine, returns for 2017 this afternoon at Q.E.D. in Astoria, Queens!

At every show, live-lit veteran William Shunn brings a wild assortment of writers together on one stage. Don't miss our terrific February lineup, featuring:

  • Jacob M. Appel

  • Sydney Beveridge

  • Richard Jeffrey Newman

  • Sarah Riccio

  • Oscar Sanders


No rules, no themes—just the best writers in town. Line Break—it's the start of a new thought. Don't miss it!




Line Break Reading Series
Saturday, February 4, 3:00-4:30 p.m.


Q.E.D.: A Place for Show & Tell
27-16 23rd Avenue
Astoria, NY 11105

Admission $7. Beer, wine and snacks available.

More info and tickets:
https://qedastoria.com/products/line-break-3
https://www.facebook.com/events/730843940423083/

Q.E.D. is a short trip from Manhattan on the N train to Queens. Just stay on all the way to Astoria–Ditmars Blvd at the end of the line, and walk a couple of blocks west on 23rd Avenue. (The W train does not run on weekends.)

Line Break Reading Series, Saturday, February 4, 2017, 3:00 pm



Crossposted from Line Break

Meet our readers: Sarah Riccio

Sarah Riccio lives, writes, and slings beer in Astoria. She brought down the house at our very first show in 2016. Don't miss her doing it again.



Please join Sarah and all our outstanding readers for Line Break #4, Saturday, February 4, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!






Crossposted from Line Break

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