The shortlist for this year’s Bookseller/Diagram prize has been announced. This prize, for the oddest book title of the year, has been running since 1978 and is a wonderful celebration of the nutty side of publishing.
Sadly we are too late to be able to vote for the winner. We’ll have to make a diary note and try to be on time in 2009!
What’s your favourite title? I think The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification would be hard to go past in the library, ditto Tiles of the Unexpected: A Study of Six Miles of Geometric Tile Patterns on the London Underground.
I got a heads up on this prize this year (I’ve seen it before) from the excellent Seattle Public Library blog. The article there also refers to a book, Bizarre Books: A Compendium of Classic Oddities by Russell Ash & Brian Lake. Titles contained in this hilarious sounding read (I will be ordering a copy for BMCC Library if we don’t already have it) include: The Resistance of Piles to Penetration, Games You Can Play with Your Pussy, The Boy Fancier, Noddy Loses His Clothes (from Enid Blyton’s Gay Story Book – of course) and the unforgettable A Glowing and Graphic Description of the Great Hole.
The SPL blog contains a picture of a book called Knitting with Dog Hair :better a sweater from a dog you know and love than from a sheep you’ll never meet, a subject which I remember Sharon and I having a discussion about . . . Shall I order that one too?