karen_w_newton (karen_w_newton) wrote,

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When it's OK to judge a book by the title

I'm an American, but my favorite online paper is The Guardian Unlimited from the UK, because I really like they way they cover book news. For example, they recently ran a bit on the short list for the Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year.. Most of the titles described are for nonfiction books: Cheese Problems Solved, How to Write a How to Write Book (no, that's not a typo) and Are Women Human? (That one sounds pretty darn fictional to me) They did mention a (real) fiction entry: I Was Tortured By the Pygmy Love Queen

I looked the prize up in Wikipedia and discovered it's been going on for years. Some previous winners:

2006 — The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification — Julian Montague
2005 — People Who Don't Know They're Dead: How They Attach Themselves to Unsuspecting Bystanders and What to Do About It —Gary Leon Hill
2004 — Bombproof Your Horse — Rick Pelicano and Lauren Tjaden
2003 — The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories — Alisa Surkis and Monica Nolan
2002 — Living with Crazy Buttocks — Kaz Cooke

Wikipedia reports that submissions are sent in by librarians, publishers, and booksellers. The winner is selected by public vote.

Sounds like a lot more fun than most ballots.
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