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Special to the Star Tribune, Arthur Pollock (111710 Boston, MA)Wednesday, Boston author Anita Shreve in her apartment. November17, 2010. Photo by Arthur Pollock

Special to the Star Tribune, Arthur Pollock (111710 Boston, MA)Wednesday, Boston author Anita Shreve in her apartment. November17, 2010. Photo by Arthur Pollock

Really sorry to hear that writer Anita Shreve died yesterday. She was just 71 and had been suffering from cancer.

She was the author of 19 novels, including "The Pilot's Wife" and "The Weight of Water," both of which were made into movies.

She was a Talking Volumes guest in the Twin Cities in 2010, and here is a little write-up from Claude Peck about her visit.

In a press release from her publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, her editor, Jordan Pavlin, said: "Anita's writing has touched the lives of millions of readers around the world, and she did some of her most elegant, rich, and unforgettable work in the last years of her life. Her body of work is extraordinary, and her books will continue to be read for generations.”