18 Mar

A couple of local folks making good!
What do you get when you give a hillbilly a Hasselblad, a pickup truck, and a big gray dog and turn them loose in the wild Ozarks? In Leland Payton’s case, you ultimately get a beautifully photographed and expressively written book about his homeland: The Beautiful and Enduring OZARKS. One hundred-thirty-nine photographs, eightyseven in full color, spanning more than 30 years of Ozark rambles, illustrate this original photo essay on the mountainous region of Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.

Leland and Crystal Payton created Lens & Pen Press to produce titles that large publishers might consider too specialized for a national audience. Before that, the Paytons had been published by Abbeville Press in New York; Chronicle Books, San Francisco; and St. Martin’s Press, New York. An early entry into ‘niche publishing,’ the Paytons found their niche in the sometimes stereotyped but always intriguing region of the Ozarks. They live in Springfield, Missouri.



  1. Victoria - Ozarks Crescent Mural March 18, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

    I was recently shopping on Amazon for Ozarks books and that’s one of the ones on my Wishlist.

  2. Victoria - Ozarks Crescent Mural March 24, 2011 at 9:27 pm #

    My Swagbucks points added up so that I could get several Amazon gift cards plus support Japan too, so I just went and bought this book. I can’t wait to get it. Not long ago, I just bought a bunch of Ozarks books, so it’s nice to add another one.

    And just to shamelessly promote myself :), if you’d like to earn points through web searches and any other things you may typically do, go to Swagbucks and open an account. If you sign up under this link, I get points too, which would be much appreciated!

  3. Victoria - Ozarks Crescent Mural April 14, 2011 at 1:42 pm #

    I just finished reading “The Beautiful and Enduring Ozarks” and it was wonderful. I am so glad I own it.

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