In The Birdside Baptist, Joe Neal sees the world through a birder’s binoculars, but also through the eyes of an Arkansan who was brought up wearing shiny black shoes to five church services every week. These collected essays, originally written for fellow subscribers of a birders’ listserve, are reports from the field spanning eight years, from 2002 to 2010. Illustrated with Neal’s crisp photographs, he paints a rich landscape of plants, animals, and human history, including the struggle of a community to balance booming development and environmental stewardship. Through insightful writing and richly detailed photographs, The Birdside Baptist presents a birder’s-eye view of northwest Arkansas as an interconnected economic, social, and natural community.
Joe Neal will discuss his book tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Nightbird Books (205 Dickson) in Fayetteville.
For more information, visit Nightbird Books’ website at www.nightbirdbooks.com.