This Is Philly

The 2012 Maskar Philly Calendar and Almanac arrived by US Mail yesterday. For the third year, Kate Maskar’s team breaks down the city and its history in lively, complex, fun, and beautifully illustrated information maps (that often incorporate real maps and the notion, highly valued around here, of place).

The 11X17calendar ($18), says the Maskar website, is a “year-long look at topics that interest us, are relevant to Philadelphia, and that let us explore interesting ways for presenting data.”

Among the wonders this year: Philly festivals (January), Native American place names and Philly neighborhoods (November), Fairmount Park and the Centennial (April), bike Philly (May–see above), and the Delaware River Basin watershed (July).

About the author

Hidden City co-editor Nathaniel Popkin’s latest book is the novel Lion and Leopard (The Head and The Hand Press). He is also the author of Song of the City (Four Walls Eight Windows/Basic Books) and The Possible City (Camino Books). He is senior writer and script editor of the Emmy-winning documentary series “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment” and the fiction review editor of Cleaver Magazine. Popkin's literary criticism appears in the Wall Street Journal, Public Books, The Kenyon Review, and The Millions. He is writer-in-residence of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia.



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