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Augusten Burroughs

American Writer Known for his New York Times Bestselling Memoir Running with Scissors

American Writer Known for his New York Times Bestselling Memoir Running with Scissors

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Augusten Burroughs Biography

Augusten Burroughs is one of the most widely-read and critically-acclaimed memoirists in the world. His works are published in more than 30 countries and have sold over 10 million copies, making him one of the best-selling LGBTQ+ authors of all time.

Burroughs has written eight memoirs, one novel, a self-help book and a children's picture book. His memoir "Running with Scissors" was a publishing phenomenon; spending more than 70 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and exploding the memoir genre wide open. His follow-up memoir, "Dry," details the story of his recovery from alcoholism and remains - over 20 years after its publication - a staple literature in the recovery community.

He lives in rural Connecticut with his husband and their dogs where he is at work on his next novel.

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Speaker profile last updated by AAE Talent Team on 06/03/2024.

Augusten Burroughs Speaking Topics

  • Gay Teenagers Today: Establishing an Identity

    Burroughs knew that he was gay pretty early in his life. Given the bizarre circumstances of his upbringing, being gay was hardly even worth noting. So many other unusual events were taking place that being attracted to men was considered perfectly normal and acceptable. What was not was being involved with a man more than 25 years older than he • with the full knowledge and encouragement of his mother.

    While being openly gay had no negative consequences, being thrust into a highly inappropriate relationship did. Such contradictory factors highlight the many complex issues gay teenagers face as they try to navigate the most difficult developmental period we all face. Over the years, Burroughs has received letters from young gay people struggling to deal with difficult home lives and social situations. While gay teens are more accepted than ever before, the realization and acceptance of being gay is still very troubling and difficult for many. Hear Burroughs’ compassionate and hopeful response to gay young people as they forge their path to being well-adjusted, confident adults.

  • Alternative Educational Options for Disenfranchised Teens

    Living in a chaotic, abusive foster family environment as a child, Burroughs was distracted, anxious and bored at school. At 14, he felt he was ready to attend college and begin his life. The state didn't agree. But Burroughs enrolled at the University of Massachusetts, auditing courses for credit and achieved an A and B average. Before the semester was over, he was brought before a judge who was unimpressed and ordered Burroughs back to junior high. The school then began a battery of tests and determined his IQ to be near 80. They installed him in a special class for children with Down syndrome and other serious learning disabilities. After reducing the school psychologist to tears, causing her to admit, "I never wanted to be a psychologist, I wanted to be a photographer,” Burroughs left formal education forever.

    This dissatisfaction seemed to run in the family. Burroughs’s older brother, John, dropped out of high school and then built all the pyrotechnic guitars for the Kiss World Dynasty Tour, eventually going on to become one of the most respected audio geniuses in the business. And more recently, Burroughs's nephew, a D student in high school made national headlines when the FBI descended on his home chemistry lab – resulting in invitations to attend two of the top colleges in the country.

    Burroughs believes that exceptional people need exceptional teachers. Not every child or young adult fits the academic mold society has created. In this lecture, he will discuss options for giving our children the best education possible. From home schooling to new, non-traditional schools, Burroughs will inspire with stories from his and his family’s struggle, including the transformation he has seen in his nephew since attending college at an early age.

    Above all, Burroughs believes in the innate intelligence of young people, and he believes they need to take control of their educational destinies. For some kids, it's enough to follow the pack. But for others, the mold must be broken. Join Burroughs in this inspiring, enlightening evening –children and teenagers are encouraged to attend.

  • Bent: On Not Being Straight

    Burroughs has known he was gay his entire life. And because he was raised without a formal education and in a chaotic environment where his sexual orientation was the least of his problems, he was, accidently, quite comfortable with his sexual orientation. Today he says, "It's like being right handed. I’m not proud of being gay because I haven't achieved anything. But I wouldn't change my sexual orientation for anything." This fascinating and unique perspective on sexuality will open minds and change them. A firm believer that gay people have the moral, ethical and legal right to marry, raise children and be employed in any context they wish, he is a vocal proponent of true equality – the kind that comes as an entitlement of being an American. With wit sometimes shocking and sometimes side-splitting, Burroughs makes everybody – gay, straight, bi, transgendered or somewhere in-between – feel better about themselves and the country they live in. A must for colleges.

  • Burroughs & You

    Join Burroughs for a rare, unscripted, unplugged event where you have the chance to ask one of the most famous and successful authors of our day anything at all. Here, there are no rules and there are no boundaries. From the moment the show starts, the audience is involved –you ask and he will answer. Nothing is off-subject. Burroughs is at his fiery, funniest best when all the rules are thrown out the window and he's flying the only way he knows how: by the seat of his pants. Sure to be an evening filled with surprises, possibly a few shocks, and enough inspiration to carry you forward for a long time, this is your chance to go one-on-one with one of literature's most unique voices.

  • From the Ashes: A Life Rebuilt Without Drugs or Alcohol

    In Burroughs' New York Times bestselling memoir, Dry, he discussed his alcoholism, recovery and nearly fatal relapse. Now, the author tells the complete story of his transformation – from a drunk living in a secretly filthy apartment to an internationally recognized author. "The only variable is, I no longer drink." In this profoundly inspiring story, Burroughs shows that the "promises" of Alcoholics Anonymous are very true. And that anything is possible, as long as a person has both a dream and the clarity of mind to make that dream come true.

  • Growing Up Screwed Up: My Life as a Reject

    Geared toward young people in challenging circumstances (kids at risk and their parents), this is Burroughs at his most brutally honest. In this powerful, emotional lecture, he speaks to troubled kids in their own language, at their own level, with stories of horror and abuse that will make even the most jaded kid cringe. Burroughs will talk about how he crawled out of life's gutter and made something of himself –with no help from any adult in his life. He will discuss the importance of channeling rage into rocket fuel and "pipe dreams" into reality. With raw honesty, Burroughs offers real inspiration to kids in crisis.

Augusten Burroughs Videos

  • How to Overcome Writer’s Block: A Lesson from Augusten Burroughs
    How to Overcome Writer’s Block
  • Author Augusten Burroughs Tells Dr. Phil About His Addiction Struggles
    Author Augusten Burroughs opens up about his addiction battles and what he says caused him to relapse.
  • Steve Bertrand on Books: Augusten Burroughs on "This Is How"
    "This Is How: Surviving What You Think You Can't" ~ From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of "Running With Scissors" comes a groundbreaking...

Augusten Burroughs Books

  • This Is How: Surviving What You Think You Can't
    This Is How: Surviving What You Think You Can't
  • Take Five: Four Favorite Essays Plus One Never-Been-Seen Essay
    Take Five: Four Favorite Essays Plus One Never-Been-Seen Essay
  • Sellevision: A Novel
    Sellevision: A Novel
  • Possible Side Effects
    Possible Side Effects
  • Magical Thinking: True Stories
    Magical Thinking: True Stories
  • Dry: A Memoir
    Dry: A Memoir

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Augusten Burroughs is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Gay Teenagers Today: Establishing an Identity, Alternative Educational Options for Disenfranchised Teens, Bent: On Not Being Straight, Burroughs & You, From the Ashes: A Life Rebuilt Without Drugs or Alcohol and Growing Up Screwed Up: My Life as a Reject. The estimated speaking fee range to book Augusten Burroughs for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Augusten Burroughs generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are James Frey, Ryan Murphy, Daniel Altman, André Aciman and Raj Patel. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Augusten Burroughs for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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