Monday, March 12, 2007

More Ivorybill Memorabilia

If you are a collector of Ivory-billed Woodpecker memorabilia, here's another one to add to your collection: The Ivorybill Hotel, a novel by Anne Butler. I don't know how prominent a role Ivorybills actually play in the novel, but the cover photo can't be beat.

This blurb is from the author's home page:
Like life seen through the romantic distortions of wavy handblown glass windowpanes, this story is a blurring of fact and fiction. But then so is all of life in the South, where the only thing certain is that real fact is a lot stranger and more interesting than fiction. The late Dr. Carmichael's friends really did forget exactly where they buried him after celebrating his life drinking all the fine wine in his underground cellar, which led to all sorts of complications. As for the rest of the characters, they're as unreal as the last Ivorybill Woodpecker. Which may not be all that unreal at all. This little book has no delusions of grandeur, no intellectual pretensions, but it sure does have a good sense of timing, coming out the very day announcements proclaimed the first verified sighting of a real live Ivorybill in more than half a century.


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