Writer Augusten Burroughs will present today's Common Hour lecture. The author of seven works, he is best known for his 2002 memoir about his adolescent years, "Running with Scissors." Burroughs was sent to live with his mother's psychiatrist after his parent's divorce; the memoir recounts his unusual coming of age in the psychiatrist's eccentric household. A film adaptation of the memoir was released in 2006.

"You Better Not Cry: Stories for Christmas," Burroughs' latest work, was published in October 2009. According to his Web site, his first published book and only novel "Sellevision," is in the process of being developed as a TV show for NBC.

In 2005, Entertainment Weekly named Burroughs as the 15th-funniest person in America. Burroughs will speak at 12:30 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center.