Vanity Fair‘s special issue on Africa, guest-edited by U2 singer and human rights advocate Bono, praises UCI’s distinguished professor Ngugi wa Thiong’o. A feature article on African literature declares, “Wizard of the Crow, Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s nearly 800-page magnum opus, is a sweeping satire of an African despot and his acolytes.” The magazine recently flew Ngugi, who directs the campus’s International Center for Writing and Translation, to New York City for a photo shoot. Also on news stands this month, Esquire magazine reviews Ron Carlson’s Five Skies, which it describes as “transporting, absorbing.” Carlson directs UCI’s master of fine arts writing program in fiction.