Thursday, September 11, 2008

Diagram Prize

cover of book The United States has the Pulitzer, but the United Kingdom has the Diagram Prize. Sponsored by the online magazine the Bookseller, this prize usually goes to the oddest book title of the past year. Since this year was the 30th anniversary of the prize, we're treated to the oddest book title of the last 30 years!

And the winners of the 2008 prize are . . .

*drum roll*

1st place: Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers

2nd place: People Who Don't Know They're Dead: how they attach themselves to unsuspecting bystanders and what to do about it

3rd place: How to Avoid Huge Ships, or, I never met a ship I liked

Alas, we don't carry these interestingly-titled books here at SFPL. But I'm thinking of getting the 2nd place book through interlibrary loan as we head into Halloween season.

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