The Diagram Prize – run by British publishing magazine, The Bookseller, is an annual literary award presented to the book with the year’s oddest title.
The prize was first presented in 1978 and was awarded to a published collection of laboratory studies on uses of furless mice entitled: “Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice”, and the prize has been awarded every year since, honouring such pearls as “How to Shit in the Woods: An Environmentally Sound Approach to a Lost Art” (1989) and “High Performance Stiffened Structures” (2000).
The ‘long list’ of 49 nominees for the 2010 Diagram Prize has been announced, which will then be cut down to a shortlist and put to public vote on 19 February with the winner announced on 26 March. Here are our picks of the hot contenders:
“Afterthoughts of a Worm Hunter”
“Bacon: A Love Story”
“Is the Rectum a Grave and other essays”
“The Wild World of Girly Men and Masculine Women”
“The Tortilla is Like Life”
Via The Guardian