Tuesday, February 17, 2009

ADHD Dogs and Metaphysical Baboons

Gee, here it is mid-February already, and I haven't written a single post this year about a Weird Literary Prize. Well, it's time to rectify that by noting that the British publication The Bookseller has announced the longlist (or semifinalists) for its annual Diagram Prize for the oddest book title. The intrepid blogger Horace Bent has been accepting nominations for months now, and will narrow the longlist down to a six-copy shortlist, from which the public will choose a winner. Among those now in the running, here are a few of my favorites. (Yes, these are titles of actual books published within the last twelve months or so.)

All Dogs Have ADHD
Baboon Metaphysics
Christian Texts for Aztecs
Living With Dormice
The Emotional Life of Contemporary Public Memorials

Last year, The Bookseller celebrated the 30th anniversary of this prize by staging a contest for the oddest book title of the past 30 years. The winner: Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers.

More here.

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