215 Featured Reading : Katherine Hill & Nathaniel Popkin @Circle of Hope




Please join us for this special reading with two of Philadelphia’s most vital fiction authors, on the eve of the publication ofNathaniel Popkin’s Lion and Leopard (The Head & The Hand Press).

Katherine Hill wrote The Violet Hour (Scribner 2013), a novel about an ambitious but fractured American family, while living and working in Philadelphia. Set primarily in a suburban DC funeral home on the eve of Hurricane Katrina, the book has been heralded by O Magazine, People Magazine, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Washington Post, among others. Katherine’s short fiction has been published by AGNI, Colorado Review, The Common, n+1, Philadelphia Stories, and Word Riot, and her essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including The Believer, Bookforum, The Paris Review Daily, Philadelphia City Paper, Poets & Writers, the San Francisco Chronicle, and theWall Street Journal Speakeasy. A former speechwriter at the University of Pennsylvania, she has taught writing at Philadelphia University, Mighty Writers in South Philadelphia, and the PEN Prison Writing Program in New England. She is currently an assistant editor at Barrelhouse and lives with her husband in Princeton, New Jersey.

In Nathaniel Popkin’s Lion and Leopard, releasing in November 2013, the tragic demise of John Lewis Krimmel marks a flashpoint point between the young artist’s European-influenced Romanticism and the Philadelphia art establishment long dominated by the formidable portraitist Charles Willson Peale. Peale’s single-minded crusade to define American art through a dogma of reason and moral clarity clashes with the self-taught Krimmel’s subversive notion that art must seduce the viewer–not lecture her–and it must touch the realm of the unknown. When Krimmel finishes a painting so intriguing that it is acquired by the art collector Joseph Bonaparte, brother of Napoleon, Krimmel is accused by his powerful enemies of being a fraud. This sets off a maelstrom of events leading to a tragic fire, accusations of plagiarism, and a fateful confrontation with Peale that will have unthinkable consequences.

Friday Oct. 18 · 8:30pm
Circle Of Hope, 2009 Frankford Ave.
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