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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  • 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.

  • Nathaniel Popkin on WHYY’s Radio Times Tuesday, April 22 10AM

    22 April 2014

    Philadelphia’s proposed Reading Viaduct, a century-old abandoned railway line that runs through Center City – from Vine Street northeast to Fairmount Avenue — is one step closer to reality. We’ll talk about the vision, the plans, the challenges, and the economic benefits of the Reading Viaduct project with PAUL LEVY, of the Center City District, LEAH MURPHY, president of Friends of the Rail Park, and writer NATHANIEL POPKIN.