The Bookseller magazine has announced the shortlist for the Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year:
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
If You Want Closure in Your Relationship, Start With Your Legs
People who Mattered in Southend and Beyond: From King Canute to Dr Feelgood
Horace Bent, The Bookseller diarist and custodian of the Diagram Prize, said: “I confess: I have been anxious that as publishing becomes ever more corporate, the trade’s quirky charms are being squeezed out. Lists are pruned, targets are set, authors are culled. But happily my fears have been proved unfounded: oddity lives on. Your submissions for the 2007 Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year were as rich and varied as ever. Drawing up the six-strong shortlist was a fraught and wildly controversial process.
The Man-Booker Prize it isn’t, but still, awards are fun. To vote in the online poll for your favorite, go here.
H/T to Jim B.