Ohio University Press · Swallow Press ·

Larry Siems

Larry Siems is the chief of staff for the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and a previous director of Freedom to Write and International Programs at PEN. His articles and books address immigration, human rights, and free expression. He edited, annotated, and introduced Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s memoir, Guantánamo Diary. Author photo by Donna F. Aceto.

Photo of Larry Siems

To schedule this author for an event or speaking engagement, please contact sales manager Jeff Kallet at

If you are a member of the media who would like to interview this author, please email

Listed in: Literary Collections | African · Fiction · Literary Fiction · Mauritania · African Literature · Africa | Sahara Desert

Cover of 'The Actual True Story of Ahmed and Zarga'

The Actual True Story of Ahmed and Zarga
By Mohamedou Ould Slahi and Larry Siems

This stirring, poetic tale features a Bedouin man whose irrepressible love for his family, his camels, and his way of life fuels his harrowing journey into the Sahara Desert to find a lost camel and his struggle to preserve a culture on the brink of profound change.

Related Authors