The shortlist for the Diagram Prize was announced yesterday. Originally organized to provide relief from boredom at the 1978 Frankfurt Book Fair, the prize is awarded for the oddest book title and has been awarded every year since by The Bookseller and Horace Bent, the custodian of the prize.
“Compiling a six-strong shortlist from the 66 eccentric entries proved a colossal task. The debate within the panel of judges often turned heated, especially when considering whether a nominee’s title was intentionally odd or accidentally odd (which we prefer).
However, I believe the final six are a formidable six and I very much look forward to discovering which book the public will crown the 31st winner of the Odd Title prize,” said Bent.
Here are the nominees:
8th International Friction Stir Welding Symposium Proceedings
Various authors (TWI)
- The Generosity of the Dead
Graciela Nowenstein (Ashgate)
- The Italian’s One-night Love Child
Cathy Williams (Mills & Boon)
- Managing a Dental Practice the Genghis Khan Way
Michael R Young (Radcliffe)
- Myth of the Social Volcano
Martin King Whyte (Stanford University Press)
- What Color Is Your Dog?
Joel Silverman (Kennel Club)
The early betting line has Managing a Dental Practice the Genghis Khan Way as the title to beat. The polls are open. Go to: The Bookseller and cast your vote. The winner will be announced on Friday, March 25.
Previous winners have included Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers; If You Want Closure In Your Relationship, Start With Your Legs; People Who Don’t Know They’re Dead; and, Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice.
For a complete list of past winners, go to: Bookseller, Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year