Lion and Leopard

A journey into a lost Philadelphia, an artist’s search for a new language of expression, and a tragedy that cuts it short.

“Nathaniel Popkin was born, it seems, with a preternatural talent for turning back the hands of time. Here, in this teeming novel about idealists, romanticists, schemers, and raconteurs, Popkin takes readers through the fields and down the streets of a roiling Philadelphia.” —Beth Kephart

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  • “In Penn’s Shadow” Broadcast on 6ABC, Sept 4, 2014

    27 August 2014

    The documentary “In Penn’s Shadow,” co-written by Nathaniel Popkin, on the founding of Philadelphia, will air in the Philadelphia region Thursday, September 4, 2014, 7:30 PM. Starting the next day, viewers will be able to watch the documentary, part 7 of “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment,” at

  • Nathaniel Popkin and History Making Productions Team nominated for four Mid-Atlantic EMMYs

    12 August 2014

    History Making Production was nominated for four Mid-Atlantic EMMY awards by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for two episodes of “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment.” “The Fight” was nominated for best cultural program and “Breakthrough” for Best Documentary and Best Writer.

  • Cleaver Magazine publishes its 100th book review

    29 July 2014

    “Our reviews are thoughtful, essay-style discussions of new work that we think is important and want to share with you,” says Cleaver editor Karen Rile. Nathaniel Popkin is fiction reviews editor.