The Diagram Prize for the Oddest Book Title of the Year 2014
In the gamut of literary prizes we are bedazzled with, it is the Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year that holds a particularly special place in my heart. After all, where else would you find titles such as Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice (recipient of the first ever Oddest Book Title prize) and Cooking with Poo?
The greatest thing about literary prizes is their innate ability to encourage voracious reading. The hardcore readers will read everything on the shortlist (or longlist if you have the time), the part time readers will pick up the winner and perhaps the odd runner-up. But the non-reader will discover a book that they never would have stumbled on, and they just might pick it up.
The Diagram Prize for the Oddest Book Title of the Year is the one prize that, without fail, makes me pick up a book I would never, ever have chosen before.
First set up in 1978 by Trevor Bounford, co-founder of The Diagram Group, to alleviate boredom at the Frankfurt Book Fair, it is now administered every year by The Bookseller and the magazine‘s diarist – Horace Bent.
Last year‘s winner was Goblinproofing One’s Chicken Coop – so what wonders have we got this year!?
Working Class Cats: The Bodega Cats of New York City by Chris Balsiger and Erin Canning (SCB Distributed Publishers)
Are Trout South African? by Duncan Brown (Picador South Africa)
How to Poo on a Date by Mats & Enzo (Prion Books)
Pie-ography: Where Pie Meets Biography by Jo Packham (Quarry)
How to Pray When You’re Pissed at God by Ian Punnett (Harmony)
The Origin of Feces by David Walter-Toews (ECW)
You can vote for the winner over on We Love This Book now! Which is your favourite?