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'Friends' Eager to Meet Author; Shreve to Visit for Events

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Friends' Eager to Meet Author; Shreve to Visit for Events

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Byline: Maggie FitzRoy, Shorelines staff writer

Deb Skorewicz loves bestselling author Anita Shreve's plot twists and the unexpected endings of her novels: All He Ever Wanted, Sea Glass, The Last Time They Met, Fortune's Rocks, The Pilot's Wife and The Weight of Water.

That's why Skorewicz, a Ponte Vedra Beach branch library volunteer, can't wait to meet Shreve on Sunday for a talk, discussion session and champagne and book-signing reception at the Marriott at Sawgrass Resort.

The Friends of the Library-Ponte Vedra Beach is sponsoring Shreve's visit as part of its goal to bring outstanding literary figures to the area. Past speakers have included Mary Higgins Clark, Tony Horowitz, Nicholas Sparks and William Safire.

Skorewicz said she knows what Shreve looks like, based on her photograph, "but when you can see a personality to the books you're reading, it makes a difference," Skorewicz said.

Shreve travels all over the United States talking about her popular novels. The Pilot's Wife was an Oprah Winfrey Book Club selection, an instant bestseller, and the inspiration for a 2002 CBS television movie. The Weight of Water won the New England Bookseller Association award for fiction and was made into a 1992 film starring Sean Penn and Catherine McCormack.

In a recent phone interview from her western Massachusetts home, Shreve said she is looking forward to visiting Ponte Vedra Beach. She plans to speak about why she writes and what it means to her.

"I think I was born to do this," Shreve said of her writing. "It is the thing I'm best at doing. It's akin to daydreaming."

Shreve grew up near Boston and graduated from Tufts University. She taught high school English for five years, then quit teaching to write short fiction stories for a few years. She traveled to Africa for a visit and "fell into a job as a journalist."

She moved to New York City and edited and wrote for Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine, Cosmopolitan and other publications. …

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