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In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges, and since the list of suggestions has a single highest-voted entry as September nears its end, it's time to announce the next topic challenge! Throughout October 2017, our topic challenge, proposed by Hamlet, will be

A Grain of Wheat by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o.

As with the previous announcements, I'm posting this before the actual start of the challenge, so that people have time to prepare, get a copy of the book to start reading, and so forth. The topic challenge itself will start on the 1st of October.


What's a topic challenge?

See the meta posts linked above, and also this main meta post. In short, during October we should all read A Grain of Wheat and try to post thoughtful and interesting questions about it.

Participation is not obligatory in any sense, but those who participate will be forever remembered in the annals of our history. And of course it goes without saying that questions on other works are more than welcome during October too; they just won't count as part of this topic challenge.

How can I take part?

By getting hold of the book, in whatever language you prefer, and asking good questions about it. These questions should be tagged with , , and other tags if applicable. We'll keep a list of all such questions in an answer to this meta post.

What's next?

  • Vote here for the next topic challenge, or propose your own!
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List of all questions posted as part of the October 2017 Topic Challenge:


The highest-voted of these is Before reading "A Grain of Wheat," what historical facts and cultural context are useful to know?, with a score of 5 at the end of the month.

The most viewed is Before reading "A Grain of Wheat," what historical facts and cultural context are useful to know?, with approximately 60 views during the month.

Only the second question received an answer.

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