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Announcing the April 2017 Topic Challenge: "Hard to Be a God"

List of all questions posted as part of the April 2017 Topic Challenge How do they decide who to save/bring to Earth in Hard to Be a God? by Swizzler What details does the "Without Weapons" ...
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Do we want something akin to topic challenges for books outside our bailiwick, to help alleviate the book diversity problem?

I like it. I like it a lot. I look forward to seeing more Rūmī (13th-century Persian poet) and Albert Wendt (contemporary Samoan poet and novelist) on the site! But I'd like to add that building a ...
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Do we want something akin to topic challenges for books outside our bailiwick, to help alleviate the book diversity problem?

Yes. This is a Good Idea. I've taken part in the Puzzling FTCs, and they've opened up my puzzling to include stuff I never would have known about. This site needs diversity even more. The trouble is, ...
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Monthly Topic Challenges aren't getting much attention. How can we change them?

Rather than replacing the topic challenges with something else, I would like to think about ways to attract more activity. As others have pointed out, one of the "challenges" (sorry for the pun) is ...
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Announcing the August 2017 Topic Challenge: “Sophie's World”

List of all questions posted as part of the August 2017 Topic Challenge Why is it important that 'Nowadays it's the girl who takes the initiative'? by Mithrandir When did Sophie and ...
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Announcing the July 2017 Topic Challenge: "I Am a Cat"

List of all questions posted as part of the July 2017 Topic Challenge Why should a teacher's cat care less about human robbery? by Rand al'Thor Does this passage in "I Am a Cat" ...
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Announcing the January–February 2022 topic challenge: R. A. Lafferty

(Sorry, too long for a comment.) Lafferty short stories and novelettes which are freely available from Project Gutenberg, the Internet Archive, etc. (Starred stories are favorites of mine.) "...
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Announcing the June 2017 topic challenge: The SEA is Ours

List of all questions asked as a part of this challenge: Were the contributors to "The SEA is Ours" all already established authors? by Rand al'Thor Do the stories in "The SEA is Ours&...
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Announcing the May 2017 topic challenge: Icelandic Sagas!

List of all questions asked as a part of this challenge: What is a beacon? by Hamlet Why is there so much legalese in Egil's Saga? by Matt Thrower far too few :-( The highest-voted of these is ...
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Announcing the March 2019 reading challenge: Release the Sun, by William Sears

Unfortunately, no questions related to William Sears' Release the Sun were posted during the topic challenge. I hope we'll do better with the next one.
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New Literature SE Topic Challenge Suggestions Thread

The works of Maryse Condé Maryse Condé (1934–2024) was a Guadeloupean/French novelist, playwright and critic. Her "novels explore racial, gender and cultural issues in a variety of historical ...
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Announcing the November–December 2021 topic challenge: The Decameron

List of all questions posted in this topic challenge Do the young women and men of the Decameron represent the Virtues and sections of the soul? by Rand al'Thor, 04/11/2021 (3 votes, 21 views, no ...
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Announcing the July–August 2022 topic challenge: Ukrainian Literature

List of all questions posted in this topic challenge What is a "more bankable nationality"? by EJoshuaS - Stand with Ukraine on 01/07/2022 Was pigskin leather easier to acquire in the ...
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Suggest your Lit.SE reading challenges here!

Author challenge: Rabindranath Tagore I would like to suggest Rabindranath Tagore (1861—1941), a Bengali writer who wrote poems, short stories, and novels. This is in part a response to the ...
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Announcing the October 2017 Topic Challenge: "A Grain of Wheat", by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

List of all questions posted as part of the October 2017 Topic Challenge: Before reading "A Grain of Wheat," what historical facts and cultural context are useful to know? by Zyera Meanings ...
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Announcing the August 2018 Topic Challenge: Nalo Hopkinson

List of all questions posted as part of the August 2018 Topic Challenge Why are pronouns used in this way in Nalo Hopkinson's "Shift"? by Rand al'Thor Why is the colour of Caliban's ...
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Announcing the April 2019 topic challenge: Jean Rhys

List of all questions posted in the April 2019 Topic Challenge Did Jean Rhys recognize her fictional portrait in Ford Madox Ford's *When the Wicked Man*? by verbose The highest-voted of these is ...
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Announcing the Return of the Topic Challenges! Oct-Nov 2019: The Epic of Gilgamesh

Questions submitted during this challenge: How can Gilgamesh be one-third man and two-thirds god? by Rand al'Thor (2 votes, ca. 70 views) What does it mean that Gilgamesh "took" the people ...
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Announcing the April–May 2020 topic challenge: The Stranger / Meursault

add entries in the form https://literature.stackexchange.com/questions/<question-ID> by [username](https://literature.stackexchange.com/users/<user-ID>) What is Meursault's problem ...
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New Literature SE Topic Challenge Suggestions Thread

The works of August Wilson Theater (other than Shakespeare) is somewhat underrepresented on our site, and August Wilson's works are particularly relevant now in light of recent events. August Wilson (...
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New Literature SE Topic Challenge Suggestions Thread

Aḥmad ibn Faḍlān ibn al-ʿAbbās ibn Rāšid ibn Ḥammād While he is only for a single series of accounts from a single travel, these writings of an early Islamic traveller have influenced western cultural ...
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Announcing the October–November 2020 topic challenge: Rabindranath Tagore

List of all questions posted in this topic challenge Why does the narrator in Tagore's story call the Cabuliwallah's daughter "Parbati"? by verbose, 05/10/2020 (self-answered on the ...
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Announcing the September–October 2021 topic challenge: Belarusian Literature

List of all questions posted in this topic challenge What is Krosyn? by EJoshuaS - Reinstate Monica, 01/09/2021 (5 votes, 1 answer). What is the significance of the 40-year period referred to in this ...
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Announcing the January–February 2022 topic challenge: R. A. Lafferty

List of all questions posted in this topic challenge What is the appearance of the protagonist in Lafferty's "All the People"? by Rand al'Thor, 03/01/2022 (4 votes, 1 answer). Who are ...
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Announcing the February–March 2022 topic challenge: the works of Isaac Bashevis Singer

List of all questions posted in this topic challenge What happened at the end of "The Key" by Isaac Bashevis Singer? by Mithical, 01/02/2022 (4 votes, 48 views, 0 answers); What do the ...
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Announcing the September–October 2022 topic challenge: Lasha Bugadze

List of all questions posted in this topic challenge Why did Zaza only "bid farewell" to the possibility of going to Moscow? by EJoshuaS - Stand with Ukraine on 8/9/2022 (24 views, 2 votes, ...

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