Philip Becnel, Author of "Freedom City"

June 22nd - Reading in Chicago

I'll be at Quimby's Bookstore in Chicago at 7 p.m. on June 22nd for a reading of Freedom City. There's a Facebook page for the event here and a blog post about it here. Quimby's is located at:


Quimby's Bookstore

1854 W. North Avenue

Chicago, Illinois 60622


If you know any bookish subversive-types in or around Chicago who may be interested in a post-Trump satire, please help spread the word. 


I hope to see you there! 

Other upcoming events...

I'm currently planning other events in New York, Seattle, Oakland, and some other places near Washington, D.C. Please follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and/or Twitter to find out immediately what's coming up next. 


Of course, if you represent a venue and want to see me there, please reach out! 


May 19th - Gaithersburg Book Festival

I was an exhibitor at the Gaithersburg Book Festival on May 19, 2018. Although the weather was dreary in the morning, the skies eventually cleared. Turnout picked up by the early afternoon. I sold a ton of copies of Freedom City. I made some new friends. What more could I ask for?


Altogether, it was a fantastic event!  


April 11th - Walking on the Moon Radio Show

I was a guest on WOWD-LP FM Takoma Radio's "Walking on the Moon." The host, psychologist Danny Griffin, interviewed me about Freedom City and asked some probing questions about my family and growing up in New Orleans around Confederate monuments.    


You can listen to WOWD-LP here or at 94.3 FM in the People's Republic of Takoma Park.


February 10th - Freedom City Brooklyn Launch

My Brooklyn launch on February 10, 2018, was a resounding success! The event was at Little King in Williamsburg. Truly, I was blown away by the support and enthusiasm for Freedom City. The venue was packed. I almost sold out of books. Two adorable French exchange students bought copies and said they were going to use them to practice their English. A more awesome endorsement I can't imagine. 


Thank you, New York! 


January 19th - Freedom City Book Launch in D.C.

The inaugural launch of Freedom City was on January 19, 2018, at Slash Run in Petworth. The turnout and excitement for this book was amazing. If you're in D.C. and you missed it, don't worry! Other readings are in the works for the spring and summer.   


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