Line Break | Astoria's Eclectic Monthly Live Literary Magazine
Line Break - Astoria's Eclectic Monthly Live Literary Magazine

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The crowd at Q.E.D. for Line Break #25 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom
A huge shoutout to everyone who turned out for the twenty-fifth and final episode of Line Break this past Saturday, at beautiful Q.E.D. in Astoria, Queens. You were a big and enthusiastic audience, and just by showing up and giving us the gift of your attention, you helped make the afternoon bigger and better than it would have been without you. You made it a fitting sendoff for our little reading series.

Thanks as always to Q.E.D. for giving us the space and an opportunity to use it. And thanks especially to our amazing readers, who made it such a fitting and festive sendoff. David Rothman took us inside a very unfortunate and hilarious job interview, leavened by anecdotes from a people who never were. Emre Tetik shared the lovely and somber story of a cat beloved by no one. Joe Okonkwo brought us into an argument over the implementation of a highly unusual marital innovation. The always amazing David Mills delivered powerful poetry in the voices of Lewis Latimer and Louis Armstrong. EXO Books delighted us with a visual feast from his new holiday release, Schmuck the Buck. And finally, host and editor William Shunn closed out the series in decidedly non-sentimental fashion with a rare performance of his sci-fi narrative poem, "Grand Motherfucker."

If you couldn't make it out on Saturday, we wish we could tell you there’s another show coming up soon. But there’s not! You missed out!

But who knows? We might do a one-off show or two sometime down the road, so please sign up for our mailing list and keep abreast of all the latest developments in the Line Break world. Maybe there will be another chance to see us.

Until then please check out all the terrific shows and events at Q.E.D. There’s something amazing happening there literally every day. Multiple times a day in fact.

Happy holidays, you grand motherfuckers!

David Rothman reads at Line Break #25 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom
Emre Tetik reads at Line Break #25 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom
Joe Okonkwo reads at Line Break #25 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom

David Mills reads at Line Break #25 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom
EXO Books reads at Line Break #25 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom
Host William Shunn reads at Line Break #25 - click to view - mousewheel to zoom

            

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Important Note About Train Service in Astoria

As if it weren't sad enough that this afternoon's episode of Line Break is our last, the MTA has decided to make it harder for you to get there (as they did throughout the summer). And of course, in their inimitable fashion, they kept this information to themselves until the last possible moment.

In any case, the N train will not be running in Astoria this weekend. It will be replaced by shuttle bus service between Queensboro Plaza and Ditmars Blvd.

If you had planned to take the N train to get to Line Break tomorrow, you’ll instead need to transfer to a shuttle bus at Queensboro Plaza. (Just follow the crowd. There will be a ton of people in the same plight.) Take the shuttle bus to the end of the line at Ditmars Blvd., and you’ll be able to walk to Q.E.D. from there.

We recommend giving yourself at least an extra 30 minutes to get to Line Break on time tomorrow. We can't wait to see you there!


Just a reminder that Line Break, the eclectic monthly live literary magazine, returns this Saturday afternoon in a special Permanent Break Edition 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 December 1 lineup, featuring:

* John C. Foster will be unable to appear due to unforeseen circumstances.

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
Permanent Break Edition
Saturday, December 1, 2018, 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/2443325589236517/?event_time_id=2551941718374903

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 #25: Saturday, December 1, 2018, 3:00 p.m.

            
Important Transit Note:  The N train will not be running in Astoria this weekend. Instead of taking the N to Ditmars Blvd, you’ll need to transfer to a shuttle bus at Queensboro Plaza. Take the N shuttle bus to the end of the line and walk to Q.E.D. from there. Leave yourself at least an extra 30 minutes.

Just a reminder that Line Break, the eclectic monthly live literary magazine, returns this Saturday afternoon in a special Permanent Break Edition 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 December 1 lineup, featuring:

* John C. Foster will be unable to appear due to unforeseen circumstances.

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
Permanent Break Edition
Saturday, December 1, 2018, 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/2443325589236517/?event_time_id=2551941718374903

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 #25: Saturday, December 1, 2018, 3:00 p.m.

            

Over the course of nearly three years, 24 regular episodes, 4 special-edition field trips, and 88 different guests, the Line Break Reading Series has been my delight to host and produce.

Like all good things, however, it's time for Line Break to come to a close. Other projects are simmering on the back burner, and it's time to give them more attention.

But there's still one episode left to go! Please join us for the final Line Break this Saturday, December 1st, at 3:00 pm at Q.E.D. in Astoria, Queens. It'll be our biggest and best show ever.

Our amazing lineup will feature John Foster, Joe Okonkwo, David Mills, Emre Tetik, David Rothman, and EXO Books, not to mention an epic sci-fi poem by your host. Tickets are just $7. Don't miss it!

Line Break #25: Saturday, December 1, 2018, 3:00 p.m.

Meet our readers: William Shunn

            

William Shunn hosts and produces the Line Break Reading Series, and edits the online literary journal The Piltdown Review. He is the author of the award-nominated memoir The Accidental Terrorist, as well as more than three dozen short stories. His poetry has appeared in Sunstone and Analog, and is forthcoming in Asimov's. When not hosting shows or writing about the future, Bill enjoys sneaking onto other people's television specials.

Please join Bill and all our incredible readers for Line Break #25, Saturday, December 1, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

Meet our readers: Emre Tetik

            

Emre Tetik just graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Computer Science. Aside from his engineering work, he hopes to use prose and movie formats to tell compelling stories.

Please join Emre and all our talented readers for Line Break #25, Saturday, December 1, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

Meet our readers: EXO Books

            

EXO Books is the pen name and publishing company of a man from NYC, USA, Earth. The latest EXO Books release is Schmuck the Buck: Santa's Jewish Reindeer.

Please join EXO Books and all our world-class readers for Line Break #25, Saturday, December 1, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

Meet our readers: John C. Foster

            

UPDATE: We regret that John will be unable to appear due to unforeseen circumstances.

John C. Foster was born in Sleepy Hollow, New York, and has been afraid of the dark for as long as he can remember. His newest novel, The Isle, grew out of his love for New England, where he spent his childhood. He is the author of three previous novels, Dead Men, Night Roads, and Mister White, and one collection of short stories, Baby Powder and Other Terrifying Substances.

His stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies including Dark Moon Digest, Strange Aeons, Dark Visions Volume 2, and Lost Films, among others. He lives in Brooklyn with the actress Linda Jones and their dog Coraline. For more information, please visit www.johnfosterfiction.com.

Please join John and all our world-class readers for Line Break #25, Saturday, December 1, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

Meet our readers: Joe Okonkwo

            

Joe Okonkwo's novel Jazz Moon won the Edmund White Award for debut fiction and was a Lambda Literary finalist. His short stories have appeared in Best Gay Stories 2015, Cooper Street, and The New Engagement. His story "Cleo" was nominated for a Pushcart prize. Joe serves as prose editor for Newtown Literary and teaches creative writing at Gotham Writers Workshop. He is currently working on a story collection.

Please join Joe and all our tremendous readers for Line Break #25, Saturday, December 1, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

Meet our readers: David Rothman

            

David Rothman has taught writing for the City University of New York for over ten years. His short stories have appeared in such journals as Glimmer Train, Hybrido, The Prague Review, and The Nassau Review, among others. He has shared the bill at live events with such luminaries as Francisco Goldman, and has recently completed a novel that might be best described as "magical real-estatism."

Please join David and all our incredible readers for Line Break #25, Saturday, December 1, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

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