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The Lord God Bird

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Here on As It Happens, there are a number of ongoing stories that we've followed through the years.

One of those stories concerns a bird called the ivory-billed woodpecker. The ivory-bill is a rare bird indeed -- in fact, so rare, that every time one may possibly have been sighted, however unlikely that is, we tend to cover the story on this program.

Our coverage of the ivory-billed woodpecker always catches the attention of bird-minded listeners. But it also caught the attention of writer, actor and playwright Tom Gallant.

Mr. Gallant's latest novella, The Lord God Bird, looks at the effort to find the ivory-billed woodpecker through a remarkable story of loss, love, and empathy.

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