Friday, March 16, 2012

The Bookseller/Diagram Prize (aka Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year)

I have been in complete and utter darkness until now about a literary award given annually for the oddest book title called The Bookseller/Diagram Prize. Who would have guessed there would be an award for oddest book title? Apparently, The Bookseller/Diagram Prize been a tradition since the 1978 Frankfurt Book Fair when it was "originally organized to provide entertainment." according to the Wikipedia site.

The 2011 shortlist of nominated book titles are as follows:

1) A Century of Sand Dredging in the Bristol Channel: Volume Two by Peter Gosson

2) Cooking with Poo by Saiyuud Diwong

3) Estonian Sock Patterns All Around the World by Aino Praakli 

4) The Great Singapore Penis Panic: And the Future of American Mass Hysteria by Scott D Mendelson

5) Mr Andoh's Pennine Diary: Memoirs of a Japanese Chicken Sexer in 1935 Hebden Bridge by Stephen Curry and Takayoshi Andoh
6) A Taxonomy of Office Chairs by Jonathan Olivares
7) The Mushroom in Christian Art by John A Rush

Personally, I'm rooting for Cooking with Poo by Saiyuud Diwong as the oddest book title for 2011! By the way, I should add here and now that I've learned "Poo" actually is the Thai word for "crab".  Which book would you choose to win the The Bookseller/Diagram Prize?

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