My So-Called Book

At 60, Richard Kramer became a first-time novelist. This isn’t to say he hadn’t been keeping himself busy. Kramer is an Emmy- and Peabody-award-winning writer, director, and producer, known for his work on TV shows like My So-Called Life and Thirtysomething. His debut novel, These Things Happen, is told in several voices, focusing on a bright and awkward 10th grader named Wesley, his recently out gay best friend, Theo, and his dad, a prominent gay activist and lawyer. Kramer’s writing, which has been described as a blend between Joss Whedon and John Green, is often clever and self-effacing. Just look to his bio for further evidence: “The miracle is not that I have written a book, but that I am still alive to write one, given my poor circulation and diet restricted to soft, bland foods.” A modern spin on the coming-of-age story, high school, and family configurations, These Things Happen promises all the endearing angst we’ve come to expect from Kramer, told from a variety of dynamic and new-fashioned characters.
Wed., Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m., 2012

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