Join us for a special virtual event when Albany novelist and New York State Writers Institute Fellow Edward Schwarzschild presents IN SECURITY in a wide-ranging conversation with Adam Johnson, author of the Pulitzer-winning novel The Orphan Master's Son.
Part airport thriller, part family drama, part love story, In Security explores how those who strive to protect us are often unable to protect themselves.
Gary Waldman is a grief-stricken former tennis coach slowly reentering the world after the death of his wife. As he struggles to remain a good father to his six-year-old son, Waldman finds unexpected comfort and stability in the rule-bound confines of the TSA, working as a Transportation Security Officer in upstate New York. But his life is turned upside down again after he uses CPR to bring a passenger back from the dead.
Edward Schwarzschild is the author of three books—In Security, The Family Diamond, and Responsible Men. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford and Fulbright Scholar in Spain, he has also received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg Institute for Advanced Study in Germany. He is the Director of Creative Writing and a Fellow of the New York State Writers Institute at the University at Albany, SUNY.
Adam Johnson is the author of Fortune Smiles, winner of the National Book Award and the Story Prize and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and The Orphan Master’s Son, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and the California Book Award and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Johnson’s other awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers’ Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Stegner Fellowship.
“Once you read Edward Schwarzschild’s compelling new novel, you’ll never pass through an airport checkpoint without thinking of his compassionate, troubled TSA hero, Gary Waldman. If all TSA workers were as open-hearted and complex as Schwarzschild’s Waldman, the world would be a much better place to inhabit and traveling would be a much more enjoyable experience. Traveling while reading In Security—well, that would be absolutely ideal.” — Adam Johnson, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Orphan Master’s Son and Fortune Smiles
“In Security is the best kind of literary hybrid: a character-driven literary novel that functions like a taut thriller. It’s also a book that’s strangely in sync with our times, by asking us on every page to assess a threat we can’t see.” — Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize–winning author
“In Security takes us on an unforgettable journey through the most painful and transcendent of human experiences, with TSA employee Gary Waldman as our wise, funny guide. Waldman’s trek through loss and grief and love reminds us that we’re all in danger, and that we’re all bound to protect each other, whether it’s in our job description or not. Schwarzschild hits the full range of emotions with astonishing sensitivity and skill.” — Julie Orringer, author of The Invisible Bridge and The Flight Portfolio