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 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.

  • Lion and Leopard a finalist for Foreword Review 2013 book award

    13 March 2014

    TRAVERSE CITY, MI, March 13, 2014 — Foreword Reviews, the only review magazine solely dedicated to discovering new indie books, announced the finalists for its 16th Annual Book of the Year Awards today. Each year, Foreword shines a light on a small group of indie authors and publishers whose groundbreaking work stands out from the crowd.

  • Lion and Leopard an Editor’s Choice in HNR

    3 February 2014

    The Historical Novels Review, the journal of the Historical Novel Society, makes Lion and Leopard a February “Editor’s Choice.”