February 23, 2009

More Odd Book Titles, Sir?

For decades now, Bookseller magazine has celebrated odd book titles with the Diagram Prize. (See previous posting here.) And this year's short list of nominees has just been announced. Yay! But before I get to it, let me complain that Excrement in the Late Middle Ages was unjustly excluded from consideration.

This is an outrage! 

Okay, I'm over it. This year's six finalists for the Diagram Prize are:

The Large Sieve and its Applications by Emmanuel Kowalski (Cambridge Univ. Press)

Baboon Metaphysics
by Dorothy Cheney and Robert Seyfarth (Univ. of Chicago Press)

Curbside Consultation of the Colon by Brooks Cash (SLACK Inc.)

Strip and Knit with Style by Mark Hordyszynski (C&T) The publisher warns, "No, not that kind of stripping. Strips of fabric! Get your mind out of the gutter and take your knitting to a whole new place."

Techniques for Corrosion Monitoring by Lietai Yang (Woodhead)

The 2009-2014 World Outlook for 60-milligram Containers of Fromage Frais by Philip Parker (Icon Group) This is a global analysis of soft cheese packaging.

The winner will be announced on March 27th. Below, a moving tribute to past Diagram nominees!

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