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Bestselling author, Augusten Burroughs to visit

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In addition to being a New York Times-bestselling author, Augusten Burroughs also is a self-taught gemologist.

He enjoys restoring rings with gemstones and designs them, too. The latter, examples of which can be found on his website, are bold and rough, but with an underlying fragility, much like his memoirs.

In his best-known book, Running with Scissors -- which was made into a movie starring Annette Bening and Alec Baldwin -- Burroughs recalls his teen years growing up as a ward of his mother's psychiatrist. At times raw and uncomfortable reading, it also is funny and brave.

A presentation by Burroughs is the next event in Worthington Libraries' Hear and Now author series.

Burroughs has also penned the autobiographical A Wolf at the Table, Possible Side Effects, Magical Thinking and Dry. In his most recent book, This is How: Surviving What You Think You Can't, he shares insights into what his life experiences have taught him. His advice focuses on being honest, accepting your pain and making the most of it.

Burroughs will be in Worthington on Jan. 23 at the McConnell Arts Center (MAC), 777 Evening St.

Tickets for his presentation, which starts at 7 p.m., can be purchased for $10, including a meet-the-author reception. Tickets are $5 for members of the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries, Friends of the Columbus Metropolitan Library and MAC (author reception included).

Tickets are available now at the MAC; by calling 614-431-0329; and online at mcconnellarts.org/wp/events. In order to receive their discount, Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries members must use a special code when purchasing tickets; call 614-807-2605.

The Hear and Now author series also is sponsored by the MAC and Holiday Inn.

Hillary Kline is communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.

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