Augusten Burroughs, acclaimed author of some of the most stunning autobiographical works of recent times, will feature as the keynote speaker at this year’s Aurora Plucked dinner on Monday 25 August.

Now in its seventh year, the event has come to be regarded as an Aurora highlight for its ability to merge those two great themes of life -” art and fine food.

It’s always set in a top-end eatery and features a speaker from the arts world, and the choices for both this year are stellar, with lucky audience members being treated to a three-course meal at the three hat restaurant Bilson’s while hearing of Burroughs’s tales and excerpts from his latest book, A Wolf at the Table.

The book, which has just been released in Australia, will be issued to all attendees on the night. It tells the harrowing tale of Burroughs’s early years growing up with a spaced-out poetess for a mother and a deranged alcoholic for a father, and his subsequent journey to adult success.

Told with unending humour and grand scale insights into the human condition, the book is widely regarded as his best work in years -” his previous books include Running with Scissors, Dry and Magical Thinking.

Aurora Group president Alex Sosnov said there could be no better guest to feature at the Aurora event.

It will be a wonderful way to cap off a great year for Aurora. Augusten Burroughs’s stories of his life are so compelling and we’re really excited to be able to have him at our event, she said.

The Plucked dinner series has always been about plucking the best from literature, theatre and other arts and I’m sure Burroughs’s wry sense of humour won’t disappoint.

The Plucked dinner will be held at Bilson’s on 25 August. Tickets are $140. Bookings: bookings@auroragroup.com.au or phone 8323 4041.

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