Monday, February 23, 2009

Odd Book Title finalists named: add them to your reading list

This year, make your opinion count. Vote early and vote often.

The short list for the prestigious Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year has been announced by The Bookseller magazine. The winner will be chosen by internet vote later this month.

The award has been given each year since 1978.

Last year's top 6 included:
  • I Was Tortured By the Pygmy Love Queen
  • How to Write a How to Write Book
  • Are Women Human? And Other International Dialogues
  • Cheese Problems Solved
  • People who Mattered in Southend and Beyond: From King Canute to Dr Feelgood
This year, the judges sifted through all sorts of titles to come up with the top 6. They had a pretty impressive array of odd books to choose from. Among the rejects were:
  • Excrement in the Late Middle Ages
  • All dogs have ADHD
  • Monumental Beggings: Archeology of the N4 Sligo Inner Relief Road
Unfortunately, the final list can only have six. Here are this year's finalists:

* Baboon Metaphysics by Dorothy Dorothy L Cheney and Robert M Seyfarth

* Curbside Consultation of the Colon by Brooks D Cash

* The Large Sieve and its Applications by Emmanuel Kowalski

* Strip and Knit with Style by Mark Hordyszynski

* Techniques for Corrosion Monitoring by Lietai Yang

* The 2009-2014 World Outlook for 60-milligram Containers of Fromage Frais by Professor Philip M Parker

There you have it. To vote, click here and find the poll box.

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