Books in the ‘Burgh fair set for Dec. 7

PITTSBURGH – The 12th-annual Books in the ‘Burgh holiday book fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Senator John Heinz History Center located at 1212 Smallman St.

Augusten Burroughs, Pittsburgh-born “Running With Scissors” author, will give a talk and do a book-signing at noon in the center’s Detre Library and Archives. His memoir spent more than three years on the New York Times Best Seller list and was made into a movie starring Annette Benning and Alec Baldwin.

Burroughs also has reached the best seller list with subsequent works “Dry,” “Magical Thinking,” “Possible Side Effects” and “This is How.”

Nearly 60 authors with Pittsburgh ties are scheduled to attend the event, including Steelers owner Dan Rooney, forensic pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht, and broadcaster Eleanor Schano.

The center also will launch its newest publication, “The Civil War in Pennsylvania: The African American Experience,” a 240-page book featuring essays written on African American life during the Civil War, including essays on the Fugitive Slave Law, Camp William Penn and the United States Colored Troops.

Samuel W. Black, “The African American Experience” editor, will give a presentation at 11 a.m.

The book was developed in partnership with Pennsylvania Civil War 150, the statewide initiative to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, and complements the History Center’s new Pennsylvania’s Civil War exhibition.

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Admission to the Books in the ‘Burgh event and museum shop are free; regular admission applies for all exhibits.