Time again for one of my favourite prizes, The Diagram Prize, a prize for the oddest title of the year. This award was created by publisher Bruce Robertson in 1978 when the winning title was Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice. Past titles have included Stray Shopping Carts (see picture) and Bomb-proof Your Horse (a must for homes everywhere I should think).
Nominees for the Diagram Prize are selected from submissions sent in by librarians, publishers, and booksellers. Winning titles were initially chosen by a panel of judges but since 1993 readers of The Bookseller have been allowed to vote.
Now votes can be cast online and I urge you to take yourself off to thebookseller.com website to enter your vote and then look out for the winner being announced on 27 March. At the time of writing The 2009-2014 World Outlook for 60-milligram Containers of Fromage Frais (with my vote) is out in front.
- This year’s shortlist includes:
Curbside Consultation of the Colon
The Large Sieve and its Applications
Strip and Knit with Style
Techniques for Corrosion Monitoring
The 2009-2014 World Outlook for 60-milligram Containers of Fromage Frais
To my surprise, I find that NONE of these books are held by the Library!
Now, with your appetite for more silliness whetted, go take a peek at the list of past winners in Wikipedia’s Bookseller/Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year page.