Yes it's time to vote (if you're so inclined) for the fun titles in the shortlist for the Diagram Prize, the Oddest Book Title of the Year- for 2011. You can read about it here on the Bookseller website.
"The Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year was first awarded in 1978 to Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice""
(The fact that it is still going suggests there's a slightly dippy portion of the population who like it- me included- and authors who are smart...)
I've voted, and have to say it was a tough choice this year. :-)
My personal favourite is the Estonian sock patterns, but I don't expect my choice to win this year, when it's up against titles like 'Cooking with Poo' ( it's actually Crab) or 'The Great Singapore P*nis Panic...' I think the latter is going to rate highly- and it's the only one available in digital format...
For the full list and voting form, go here. You can see the book covers too- which are quite normal, considering the titles.
If you've managed to miss this prize, then you can find out about it's history and discover what the winning book titles from earlier years were actually about, here.
If you're going to be in the running for a fun award, this is it. And you can be sure that it will get publicity and sales for books that wouldn't get much recognition beyond their own circles, or interest groups...
The winner will be announced on the 30th March.
Are you voting?