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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Review of Our Lady of the Nile

18 September 2014 | Cleaver Magazine

Here, in this slender, deceptively fast-paced novel, Mukasonga, who fled Rwanda before genocide, explores everything leading up to it: ethnic rivalry, resentment, hatred, the quota system that limited Tutsi participation in society and that was payback for centuries of Tutsi control, and the role of the Germans and Belgians and the Catholic church in creating the conditions that led to horror.

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  • Nathaniel Popkin on WHYY TV’s Friday Arts Oct 3, 2014, 8:30PM

    2 October 2014

    Michael O’Reilly interviews Nathaniel Popkin about writing, art, literature, and Philadelphia.

  • Four EMMYs for “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment”

    20 September 2014

    The film documentary “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment,” co-written by Nathaniel Popkin, won four Mid-Atlantic region EMMY awards Saturday night. The film series, broadcast on 6ABC, won for Best Documentary, Best Musical Composition, Best Heritage and Cultural Special, and Best Writing.

  • “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