Puget Sound English Department

February 24, 2010

You Can’t Judge a Book…

Filed under: International,Literature,Publishing — ATH @ 1:42 pm
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by its cover; nor, apparently, by its title.

The Bookseller has just published its shortlist for the Diagram Prize, an award given to the “Oddest Book Title of the Year.” theBookseller.com‘s blogger on the topic, Horace Bent (no, you can’t make these things up), suggests with some glee that “oddity is recession proof”–and, apparently, independent of the larger worries facing the publishing industry. This is all to our benefit, as we can bask in the glow of oddity without ever reading a page. Link to Bent’s current post, with the short list in its entirety, is here. In the meantime, a few highlights:

Collectible Spoons of the Third Reich
What Kind of Bean is This Chihuahua?
Afterthoughts of a Worm Hunter

Bent also reflects on the selection process, answering the burning question of why Bacon, A Love Story didn’t make the cut.

For those of you yearning for more, Sarah Lyall’s witty article from the NYT offers gems from past contests.

The Diagram Prize has been awarded annually since 1978. Might we suggest a course on “The Diagram Prize Winners” to follow Professor Kupinse’s wildly successful current course on recent winners of the Booker Prize?

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