Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Diagram Prize - oddest book title of the year

The prize, which celebrates the oddest book title of the year, received a record number of submissions in 2009, with 90 books suggested to 2008’s 32. After an intensive judging process, the "Very Longlist" was whittled down to a more palatable six by The Bookseller’s diarist and prize custodian Horace Bent.

Voting has opened on the six books at The winner will be announced on 26th March. Voting buttons are on the left about two-thirds down the page.

The 2008 Diagram Prize was won by Professor Philip M Parker’s unforgettable The 2009–2014 World Outlook for 60mg Containers of Fromage Frais, while other previous winners include: If You Want Closure in Your Relationship, Start with Your Legs, and Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers.

The contenders:

* David Crompton's Afterthoughts of a Worm Hunter (Glenstrae Press)

* James A Yannes' Collectible Spoons of the Third Reich (Trafford)

* Daina Taimina's Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes (A K Peters)

* Ronald C Arkin's Governing Lethal Behavior in Autonomous Robots (CRC Press)

* Ellen Scherl and Maria Dubinsky's The Changing World of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (SLACK Inc)

* Tara Jansen-Meyer's What Kind of Bean is This Chihuahua? (Mirror)

Found at boingboing

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