Monday, 21 February 2011

Vote for the Oddest Book Title of the Year...

The Diagram Prize shortlist was announced last week. This is an annual award for the oddest book title of the year. It is run through the Bookseller and you can read about this year's selection- and previous year's if you wish, here.

In the past it has brought us (in 2009) 'Advances in Potato Chemistry and Technology', 'Collectible Spoons of the Third Reich' and 'An Intellectual History of Cannibalism'. But it was eventually won by 'Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes' by Dr Daina Taimina (A K Peters).

They say that any publicity is good publicity, so authors (and publishers) in the 2010 shortlist are probably hopeful of a few extra sales by their inclusion- as they don't get a prize.

The 2010 longlist comprised 66 books- here is the shortlist of 6 for this year's judging.

  • What Color Is Your Dog?                                          Joel Silverman (Kennel Club)
  • The Generosity of the Dead                                        Graciela Nowenstein (Ashgate)
  • Myth of the Social Volcano                                        Martin King Whyte (Stanford University Press)
  • 8th International Friction Stir Welding Symposium Proceedings                       Various authors (TWI)
  • The Italian's One-night Love Child                              Cathy Williams (Mills & Boon)
  • Managing a Dental Practice the Genghis Khan Way    Michael R Young (Radcliffe)
You can vote on the home page of The website. Voting began 18th February and the winner will be announced on Friday 25th March.

My vote went to the Genghis Khan Way- perhaps we all secretly think of dental practices in this way...:-)


Helen Baggott said...

I had to look up the dental practice book. It has some very good reviews on Amazon (other on-line stores are available!).

Carolb said...

Yes Baggy, I read a comment too that it was quite a reasonable book despite the worrying title. :-)