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Famed Writer Amy Krouse, Who Won Hearts With Viral Essay Just Before Death, To Be Honored At Family Festival

The event will feature a book reading, face painting, music and other activities.

Paris Rosenthal (left) poses with her mom, Amy Krouse. The two wrote a book, "Dear Girl," before Krouse's death in 2017.
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DOWNTOWN — Writer Amy Krouse is being honored with a family-focused event in Millennium Park.

Krouse was a Chicago author famous for her children’s books, memoirs and a viral New York Times essay she wrote, “You May Want To Marry My Husband,” just days before her death from cancer.

Krouse died in March 2017, and Aug. 9 is being celebrated as “Amy Krouse Rosenthal Day” in her honor.

This year, the day will take the form of a Family Fun Festival with children’s books, face painting and other activities. Krouse’s daughter, Paris Rosenthal, will do a reading of “Dear Girl,” a children’s book the mother and daughter team wrote before Krouse’s death.

The event starts at 10 a.m. Aug. 9 at Millennium Park.

The Wiggleworms from the Old Town School of Music will perform at the beginning of the event. They’ll be followed by Rosenthal’s reading, and there will be facing painting from noon to 2 p.m.

There will be a book signing and giveaways while supplies last.

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