Amy Rennert, founder and President of The Amy Rennert Agency, specializes in books that matter. Her authors range in age from 20 to 102 and she has developed a reputation for a passionate commitment to agency writers and illustrators. Amy's authors include Pulitzer Prize winner Herman Wouk, Jimmy Buffett, a #1 New York Times bestselling fiction and non-fiction author, Diana Nyad, Tom Lichtenheld, Patti LuPone; the original Pete the Cat author Eric Litwin, Rick Hanson, and Jacqueline Winspear, author of the New York Times bestselling Maisie Dobbs series. Dozens of agency books have been New York Times and national bestsellers.
It was an honor and a joy for Amy to represent the late Amy Krouse Rosenthal for nearly twenty years. Amy R also represents Amy KR’s daughter Paris Rosenthal who co-authored the #1 New York Times bestseller Dear Girl with her mother.
Before agenting, Amy Rennert was an award-winning journalist and former editor in chief of two national magazines. For more than two decades she has served on the Authors’ Committee for the annual National Kidney Foundation Authors Luncheon and for several years she was on the faculty of the Stanford Publishing Course.
Amy also enjoys time on the courts and and at the tables. She and her Golden Gate Park tennis team are 2015 National tennis champions in the 18 and over division and she finished 28th in the 2011 World Series of Poker Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship event.
In 2014, Amy married her longtime partner Louise Kollenbaum.
ANN WOLK KROUSE
Ann Krouse attended the University of Miami in Florida. Since then, she has been involved in several organizations. She was the Vice President of ECI (retired 2001). She was Chair of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Risa K Lambert Luncheon in 2001, the Major Gifts Chair of Chicago’s JUF in 2003 and 2004, and Legacy of Light Founder of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Her greatest accomplishment is being Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s mother and the mother of Beth, Joe, and Katie, and grandmother to her 10 grandchildren.
I have practiced law and developed real estate in Chicago for half of my life. But that is only what I did “9 to 5.” What made me better at my profession--and as a human being getting through each day--was realizing my thirst for learning and doing. I practiced yoga intensely, I travelled the world with my wife and my family, I learned to paint and made a home studio, and I developed a passion for cooking. I would not have called myself the most passionate student when I was in school, but in my adult life I have read with a thirst for knowledge--everything from the most meaty fiction, fascinating nonfiction, and magazines.
My family is what makes me who I am today. I was married to the most amazing woman for half of my life. We raised 3 incredible children in Chicago, a culturally vibrant and livable city with people of good midwestern values. When my bride died of ovarian cancer after 26 years of marriage I got in touch with real pain. I immediately reevaluated my life’s work. I had talked for years about whether my chosen career path gave me real fulfillment. I am now the executive director of a non-profit organization created in Amy’s name, the AKR Yellow Umbrella Foundation. I am fueled by its mission to provide programs that encourage child literacy and funding for early detection of ovarian cancer. My future is a blank space waiting to be filled.