MONTCLAIR, NJ - Still-imprisoned Guantánamo detainee Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s book Guantánamo Diary will be the topic of a reading Monday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the University’s Alexander Kasser Theater.

“Guantánamo Diary: A Reading and Conversation” is a free event is an encore presentation of a sold-out New York City event presented by PEN last February that garnered national and international press coverage.  

The only such event in New Jersey, readers will include actor and playwright Wallace Shawn, New Yorker staff writer DT Max, short story writer Deborah Eisenberg and novelists Emily St. John Mandel, Joshua Ferris, Francine Prose and Elissa Schappell. Leonard Lopate, host of WNYC’s daily talk show, The Leonard Lopate Show, will moderate a panel discussion with criminal defense attorney Nancy Hollander, and former PEN Freedom to Write director and Guantánamo Diary editor Larry Siems.

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Three years into his captivity at Guantánamo, Slahi began writing a diary that recounts both his life before he was seized by the United States and his experiences as a detainee.

“In the context of the continuing debate about both terrorism and the future of Guantánamo, we are proud to partner with PEN on this provocative event,” said School of Communication and Media Director Merrill Brown.

The event will take place at at Montclair State’s Alexander Kasser Theater, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair.

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