Sherrida Woodley talks about her award-winning novel Quick Fall of LightSet during a bird flu epidemic, a woman vows to protect a passenger pigeon whose secret existence will determine humankind’s future.

The book’s inspiration came from her experience working in a pathology lab in the mid-1990s. She saw how environmental destruction and extinction of endangered species could lead to the release of pathogens and viruses deadly to humans.

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