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PRESS PHOTO BY ANITA HIRSCHAuthor and state Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-132nd, autographs a copy of his book “Redemption” for Maggie Murphy of Macungie, director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Lehigh Valley Chapter. PRESS PHOTO BY ANITA HIRSCHAuthor and state Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-132nd, autographs a copy of his book “Redemption” for Maggie Murphy of Macungie, director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Lehigh Valley Chapter.

Rep. Schlossberg discusses ‘Redemption’ at Parkland Library

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 by ANITA HIRSCH Special to The Press in Local News

State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-132nd, recently discussed his new book “Redemption” at Parkland Community Library.

This book is the first of the Spades Trilogy of young adult science fiction thrillers.

The hero of the book, Asher Maddox, along with 20 others, wake up 160 years in the future with no memory of how they ended up on a spaceship, with Maddox as captain.

Maddox is a college dropout with clinical depression and anxiety.

He and the other young people soon learn Earth has been ravaged by the Spades virus, which has been spread by aliens.

The crew must find the vaccine to save humanity and hide from the alien enemy.

Mental health issues are most important to Schlossberg and this is what makes this book different from other young adult works of fiction.

When Robin Williams, actor and comedian, committed suicide, this brought mental health issues to the forefront and made a difference to Schlossberg.

“Ash had innate leadership skills and ended up being the captain of the crew,” Schlossberg explained. “He had personality flaws. He made mistakes and he owned those mistakes.

“He suffered from depression and panic attacks.”

Author Francisco X. Stork wrote a review of the book.

“As someone dealing with PTSD, I thought Schlossberg’s descriptions of panic attacks and depression were thoughtful, accurate and sensitive,” Stork wrote.

As Schlossberg deals with mental illness every day, he is particularly suited to write this book.

The state representative discussed coming from New Jersey to attend Muhlenberg College, where there is an excellent mental health department to assist the students.

Because of his personal experience, Schlossberg is particularly helpful to those with mental health problems and has recently helped pass laws related to mental health.

After his talk, Schlossberg autographed books for audience members and answered questions

Cupcakes and cookies were available for all.