Monday, February 25, 2008

Another Book Award

Can you have too many awards for books? Probably not. There aren’t that many, after all. But here’s one you may not have heard of:

The Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year.

Yep. There are six books on the short list, with the winner to be announced March 28 after a public vote.

Here are your choices, ladies and gentlemen:
Cheese Problems Solved
How to Write a How to Write Book
Are Women Human? And Other International Dialogues
If You Want Closure in Your Relationship, Start With Your Legs
People who Mattered in Southend and Beyond: From King Canute to Dr Feelgood
I Was Tortured By the Pygmy Love Queen (the only fiction finalist)

Now, you may wonder how I came up with this (or if I’m making it up). But this award is pretty big news. It’s been around for thirty years. You can read about it in the Guardian Unlimited, CBC Online, the AFP, Telegraph UK, even Reuters India.

And you can go vote on Bookseller’s website. Good luck to all the nominees.


  1. "Are Woman Human?"

    LOL Helen, do people actually read these things?!

    Mad world.

  2. Apparently people like me, although I had to go looking for it. I think this one's more popular overseas. Hey, isn't that your area?

  3. what woman geing human


    International Dialogues

    or popular books overseas?


  4. I was thinking of the "overseas" part, but the International Dialogues also fits. Surely the "Are Women Human" doesn't fit you!

  5. LOL Helen,

    Yep I do do a lot of English author stuff, but I like stuff like Steinbeck and Kurt Vonnegut as well


  6. It's wonderful that the written word has, pretty much, gotten rid of national boundaries. And this was happening long before the Internet.


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