UCI Podcast: Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

The acclaimed writer shares the tale of his prison captivity and writing the influential novel, Devil on the Cross

Food for thought

UCI’s Virtuous Table series of themed meals provides physical, intellectual and spiritual sustenance

Literacy leadership

40-year-old UCI summer institute still elevating K-12 language arts instruction

Chancellor's Professor of English, Education, and Gender & Sexuality Studies.School of Humanities Jonathan Alexander.

A new ‘Wrinkle’

Time is right for Disney adaptation of young adult sci-fi classic, says UCI English professor

Jonathan Alexander’s 5 most influential YA novels

The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton: This book likely started it all in the late 1960s and is still a compelling narrative, written by a very young woman grappling with issues of class and privilege in a small Oklahoma town. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie: A major literary fiction writer tackles […]

Pop lit protagonist

English professor who studies the genre believes young adult fiction has come of age

The Upright Revolution: Or Why Humans Walk Upright

(For Mũmbi W Ngũgĩ, Christmas 2015, Irvine. Translated from Gĩkũyũ by the author.)

favorite read

My Favorite Read

Looking for some additions to your summer reading list? For this special literary issue, UCI Magazine asked several well-read Anteaters to tell us about their most-cherished titles. Megan ColeEditor-in-chief, New University What is your favorite book?Slouching Towards Bethlehem, by Joan Didion Why?Joan Didion’s writing style is completely inimitable, but she’s always great to read for inspiration. I go […]

Chapter and Verse

UCI’s renowned M.F.A. program in creative writing continues to churn out heavyweight talent

Summer Reading books in sand

Summer syllabus

Summer’s here, and the reading’s easy. So stash the dry textbooks, research tomes and heavier literary works that pile up on the nightstand during the academic year. The latest by David Sedaris? Got it right here with the sunscreen. No. 17 in Janet Evanovich’s epic Stephanie Plum series? It’s in the beach bag. (Hey, don’t […]